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Néère (Hahn, Duparc, Chausson)

Véronique Gens - Susan Manoff

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The soprano Véronique Gens might be thought a natural for the French art song repertoire. But Néère, taking its title from the opening song by Reynaldo Hahn (the reference is to the Greek nymph known in English as Neaera, "white as a fine marble statue, with her rosy cheeks"), is one of just a few albums in the genre she has released. Get hold of it without delay: it's gorgeous. The French mélodie is not a high-register genre, and for a singer like Gens these songs reside in the lower part of her range, where she now brings just a bit of sultriness and smoke with devastating effect. The program includes three composers of the late 19th century who are closely related but contrasting in their individual styles: in the words of annotator Nicolas Southon "the melancholic Henri Duparc, the elegiac Ernest Chausson, the charmer Reynaldo Hahn." You could really dip in anywhere, but sample track 15, Hahn's A Chloris, for a taste of what Gens can do. The playing of accompanist Susan Manoff seems welded to Gens' vocal line, which even with all the voluptuous, erotic beauty has a kind of steely concentration that grows stronger and more impressive as the album proceeds. An absolute gem.

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Néère (Hahn, Duparc, Chausson)

Véronique Gens

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Études latines (Reynaldo Hahn)

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Néère 00:03:16

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Reynaldo Hahn, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

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Lydé 00:02:31

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Reynaldo Hahn, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

19
Tyndaris 00:01:43

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Reynaldo Hahn, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

22
Pholoé 00:01:27

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Reynaldo Hahn, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

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Phyllis 00:02:56

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Reynaldo Hahn, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Trois jours de vendange (Reynaldo Hahn)

2
Trois jours de vendange 00:03:30

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Reynaldo Hahn, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Chanson triste (Henri Duparc)

3
Chanson triste 00:02:52

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Henri Duparc, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Romance de Mignon (Henri Duparc)

4
Romance de Mignon 00:04:10

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Henri Duparc, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Phidyle (Henri Duparc)

5
Phidylé 00:05:14

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Henri Duparc, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Sept mélodies, Op. 2 (Ernest Chausson)

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1. Nanny 00:02:30

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Ernest Chausson, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

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2. Le charme 00:01:26

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Ernest Chausson, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

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3. Les papillons 00:01:20

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Ernest Chausson, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

9
4. La dernière feuille 00:02:29

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Ernest Chausson, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

10
5. Sérénade italienne 00:01:49

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Ernest Chausson, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

11
6. Hébé 00:02:28

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Ernest Chausson, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

12
7. Le colibri 00:02:50

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Ernest Chausson, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Quand je fus pris au pavillon (Reynaldo Hahn)

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Quand je fus pris au pavillon 00:01:13

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Reynaldo Hahn, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Le Rossignol des lilas (Reynaldo Hahn)

14
Le rossignol des lilas 00:02:00

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Reynaldo Hahn, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

À Chloris (Reynaldo Hahn)

15
A Chloris 00:03:00

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Reynaldo Hahn, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Deux poèmes, Op. 34 (Ernest Chausson)

16
1. La chanson bien douce 00:02:25

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Ernest Chausson, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Poème de l'amour et de la mer, op. 19 (Ernest Chausson)

17
Le temps des lilas 00:04:28

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Ernest Chausson, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Au pays où se fait la guerre (Henri Duparc)

20
Au pays où se fait la guerre 00:05:07

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Henri Duparc, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

L'Invitation au voyage (Henri Duparc)

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L'invitation au voyage 00:03:56

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Henri Duparc, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Le Printemps (Reynaldo Hahn)

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Le printemps 00:01:32

Véronique Gens, Soprano - Susan Manoff, Piano - Reynaldo Hahn, Composer

2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2015 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France

Album Description

The soprano Véronique Gens might be thought a natural for the French art song repertoire. But Néère, taking its title from the opening song by Reynaldo Hahn (the reference is to the Greek nymph known in English as Neaera, "white as a fine marble statue, with her rosy cheeks"), is one of just a few albums in the genre she has released. Get hold of it without delay: it's gorgeous. The French mélodie is not a high-register genre, and for a singer like Gens these songs reside in the lower part of her range, where she now brings just a bit of sultriness and smoke with devastating effect. The program includes three composers of the late 19th century who are closely related but contrasting in their individual styles: in the words of annotator Nicolas Southon "the melancholic Henri Duparc, the elegiac Ernest Chausson, the charmer Reynaldo Hahn." You could really dip in anywhere, but sample track 15, Hahn's A Chloris, for a taste of what Gens can do. The playing of accompanist Susan Manoff seems welded to Gens' vocal line, which even with all the voluptuous, erotic beauty has a kind of steely concentration that grows stronger and more impressive as the album proceeds. An absolute gem.

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