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MER(S)

Marie-Nicole Lemieux

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It was mythological with Ravel’s Ondine for piano, transfigured in Debussy’s scores and mystical on the waterfront of the Villa d’Este in Liszt’s Jeux d'eau… Time and time again, the sea has left its mark on musicians, especially at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries with which we are concerned here. Its vastness, reflections, shifting colours and capacity to evoke both danger and adventure have motivated these varied works that the composers have in turn translated into irresistible sonic paintings, written for piano as well as for orchestra. Romanticism and symbolism are well suited to this theme, allowing for an abundance of embellishments. Like a mermaid singing on a rock, Marie-Nicole Lemieux has recorded this programme entitled MER(S), meaning “SEA(S)” in English. Her deep voice will not draw you down into the abyss; instead, her warmth keeps you afloat and her almost imperceptible diction adds to the dreamy atmosphere. First stop is Elgar with his Sea Pictures, a little-known but splendid score; then we head over to Chausson’s to taste the harmonic and orchestral sumptuousness of the Poem of Love and the Sea (Irma Kolassi, Jessye Norman, Dame Felicity Lott and Véronique Gens all give impeccable performances); finally, we end with La Mer of Victorin de Joncières, an impressive curiosity sung with a choir (that of the Opéra National de Bordeaux, who are clear, precise and radiant). And the counter-alto’s articulation is perfect.
Wagner’s influence on the various musicians is perceptible throughout the programme. Paul Daniel and the Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine drive the generously dense and delightfully chromatic body of these scores where the harp plays a leading role (Berlioz’s lesson has been learned). An enthralling record that will accompany us for a long time. © Elsa Siffert/Qobuz

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1
Sea Pictures, Op. 37: I. Sea Slumber Song
00:05:16

Paul Daniel, Conductor - Sir Edward ELGAR, Composer - Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestra

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Sea Pictures, Op. 37: II. In Haven (Capri)
00:01:49

Paul Daniel, Conductor - Sir Edward ELGAR, Composer - Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestra

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Sea Pictures, Op. 37: III. Sabbath Morning at Sea
00:05:33

Paul Daniel, Conductor - Sir Edward ELGAR, Composer - Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestra

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Sea Pictures, Op. 37: IV. Where Corals Lie
00:03:44

Paul Daniel, Conductor - Sir Edward ELGAR, Composer - Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestra

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Sea Pictures, Op. 37: V. The Swimmer
00:05:54

Paul Daniel, Conductor - Sir Edward ELGAR, Composer - Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestra

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: I. La Fleur des eaux
00:11:06

Paul Daniel, Conductor - Ernest Chausson, Composer - Maurice Bouchor, Poet - Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestra

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: Ia. Interlude
00:02:40

Paul Daniel, Conductor - Ernest Chausson, Composer - Maurice Bouchor, Poet - Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestra

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: II. La Mort de l'amour
00:13:13

Paul Daniel, Conductor - Ernest Chausson, Composer - Maurice Bouchor, Poet - Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestra

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

9
La Mer: I. Le Calme
00:05:04

Paul Daniel, Conductor - Edouard Guinand, Poet - Marie-Nicole Lemieux, MainArtist - Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestra - Victorin de Joncières, Composer - Choeur de l'Opéra national de Bordeaux, Chorus

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
La Mer: II. Contemplation
00:05:27

Paul Daniel, Conductor - Edouard Guinand, Poet - Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestra - Victorin de Joncières, Composer - Choeur de l'Opéra national de Bordeaux, Chorus

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
La Mer: III. La Tempête
00:02:48

Paul Daniel, Conductor - Edouard Guinand, Poet - Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestra - Victorin de Joncières, Composer - Choeur de l'Opéra national de Bordeaux, Chorus

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

12
La Mer: IV. Epilogue
00:01:44

Paul Daniel, Conductor - Edouard Guinand, Poet - Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Contralto Vocals, MainArtist - Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestra - Victorin de Joncières, Composer - Choeur de l'Opéra national de Bordeaux, Chorus

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

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It was mythological with Ravel’s Ondine for piano, transfigured in Debussy’s scores and mystical on the waterfront of the Villa d’Este in Liszt’s Jeux d'eau… Time and time again, the sea has left its mark on musicians, especially at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries with which we are concerned here. Its vastness, reflections, shifting colours and capacity to evoke both danger and adventure have motivated these varied works that the composers have in turn translated into irresistible sonic paintings, written for piano as well as for orchestra. Romanticism and symbolism are well suited to this theme, allowing for an abundance of embellishments. Like a mermaid singing on a rock, Marie-Nicole Lemieux has recorded this programme entitled MER(S), meaning “SEA(S)” in English. Her deep voice will not draw you down into the abyss; instead, her warmth keeps you afloat and her almost imperceptible diction adds to the dreamy atmosphere. First stop is Elgar with his Sea Pictures, a little-known but splendid score; then we head over to Chausson’s to taste the harmonic and orchestral sumptuousness of the Poem of Love and the Sea (Irma Kolassi, Jessye Norman, Dame Felicity Lott and Véronique Gens all give impeccable performances); finally, we end with La Mer of Victorin de Joncières, an impressive curiosity sung with a choir (that of the Opéra National de Bordeaux, who are clear, precise and radiant). And the counter-alto’s articulation is perfect.
Wagner’s influence on the various musicians is perceptible throughout the programme. Paul Daniel and the Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine drive the generously dense and delightfully chromatic body of these scores where the harp plays a leading role (Berlioz’s lesson has been learned). An enthralling record that will accompany us for a long time. © Elsa Siffert/Qobuz

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