Canteloube - L’Arada, Chants de France | Centaur Records CRC3804

Canteloube - L’Arada, Chants de France


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Label: Centaur Records

Cat No: CRC3804

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 21st May 2021



Karen Coker Merritt (soprano)
Sean Kennard (piano)


Canteloube, Joseph

Chants de France
L'Arada (The Earth)


Karen Coker Merritt (soprano)
Sean Kennard (piano)


French composer Joseph Canteloube (1879-1957) made a life’s work of collecting, transcribing, and arranging folksongs.

Accordingly, he is most widely celebrated for his popular folksong settings of the Chants d’Auvergne. However, a vast repertoire of Canteloube’s songs have remained largely overlooked. This album is focused upon songs from this repertoire, performed by soprano Karen Coker Merritt with Sean Kennard accompanying.

American soprano Karen Coker Merritt began her professional operatic career as an apprentice with Pittsburgh Opera, and made her operatic debut with Baltimore Opera in 2003. International engagements have included a tour of England with Opera North of the UK’s production of Kurt Weill’s One Touch of Venus, starring as Venus. She reprised this role at the Ravenna Festival in Italy, as well as at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. She has made numerous other concert and opera performances.

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