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Susan Graham|Un Frisson Français - A Century of French Song

Un Frisson Français - A Century of French Song

Susan Graham & Malcolm Martineau

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Unlike collections that focus on a single composer, or sets of songs by various composers, this CD featuring soprano Susan Graham and pianist Malcolm Martineau includes one song each by 22 French composers, spanning almost a century. Arranged in groups according to style, essentially, but not strictly chronologically, the songs form a compendium of compositional trends from the 1860s to the 1930s, with one selection from the 1960s. They range from the romantic mélodies of Bizet and Franck to Poulenc's monodrama "La Dame de Monte Carlo." In additional to all the composers one would expect to find represented, there are real finds by the largely forgotten Emile Paladilhe and Alfred Bachelet. The warmth of Graham's voice is well suited to these songs, and she brings them a velvety legato. She is equally at home in the serenely lyrical songs, like Hahn's "À Chloris," and the more dramatic, narrative songs like Caplet's "Le Corbeau et le Renard," and the amusing, faux-spooky "Dance Macabre" by Saint-Saëns. Martineau provides a subtle and supportive accompaniment. Onyx's sound is clean and vibrant, with a good sense of presence.
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1
Bizet: Chanson d'avril
00:02:34

Georges Bizet, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

2
Franck: Nocturne
00:03:50

Cesar Franck, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

3
Lalo: Guitare Op. 17, No. 1
00:01:44

Edouard Lalo, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

4
Gounod: Au Rossignol
00:04:49

Charles Gounod, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

5
Saint-Saens: Danse macabre, Op. 40
00:02:08

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

6
Chabrier: Les cigales
00:03:47

Emmanuel Chabrier, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

7
Paladilhe: Psyché
00:03:14

Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist - Emile Paladilhe, Composer

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

8
Chausson: Les papillons, Op. 2, No. 3
00:01:25

Ernest Chausson, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

9
Bachelet: Chère nuit
00:05:32

Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist - Alfred Bachelet, Composer

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

10
Duparc: Au pays où se fait la guerre
00:05:21

Henri Duparc, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

11
Ravel: Le paon (Histoires naturelles)
00:05:01

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

12
Caplet: Le corbeau et le renard
00:03:42

André Caplet, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

13
Roussel: Réponse d'une épouse sage, Op. 35, No. 2
00:03:23

Albert Roussel, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

14
Messiaen: La fiancée perdue
00:02:42

Olivier Messiaen, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

15
Debussy: Colloque sentimental (Fêtes galantes II)
00:04:11

Claude Debussy, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

16
Faure: Vocalise-Etude
00:03:21

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

17
Hahn: A Chloris
00:03:22

Susan Graham, MainArtist - Reynaldo Hahn, Composer - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

18
Satie: Le Chapelier
00:00:57

Erik Satie, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

19
Honegger: Trois Chansons de la Petite Sirene: I. Chanson des sirènes
00:01:34

Arthur Honegger, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

20
Honegger: Trois Chansons de la Petite Sirene: II. Berceuse de la Sirène
00:01:00

Arthur Honegger, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

21
Honegger: Trois Chansons de la Petite Sirene: III. Chanson de la poire
00:00:26

Arthur Honegger, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

22
Canteloube: Brezairola
00:04:05

Joseph Canteloube, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

23
Rosenthal: La souris d'Angleterre
00:02:58

Susan Graham, MainArtist - Manuel Rosenthal, Composer - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

24
Poulenc: La Dame de Monte Carlo
00:07:00

Francis Poulenc, Composer - Susan Graham, MainArtist - Malcolm Martineau, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

Album Description

Unlike collections that focus on a single composer, or sets of songs by various composers, this CD featuring soprano Susan Graham and pianist Malcolm Martineau includes one song each by 22 French composers, spanning almost a century. Arranged in groups according to style, essentially, but not strictly chronologically, the songs form a compendium of compositional trends from the 1860s to the 1930s, with one selection from the 1960s. They range from the romantic mélodies of Bizet and Franck to Poulenc's monodrama "La Dame de Monte Carlo." In additional to all the composers one would expect to find represented, there are real finds by the largely forgotten Emile Paladilhe and Alfred Bachelet. The warmth of Graham's voice is well suited to these songs, and she brings them a velvety legato. She is equally at home in the serenely lyrical songs, like Hahn's "À Chloris," and the more dramatic, narrative songs like Caplet's "Le Corbeau et le Renard," and the amusing, faux-spooky "Dance Macabre" by Saint-Saëns. Martineau provides a subtle and supportive accompaniment. Onyx's sound is clean and vibrant, with a good sense of presence.
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