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Ravel: Songs


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The award-winning partnership of Gerald Finley and Julius Drake continue their musical explorations with this beautiful and thought-provoking disc. Gerald Finley's lustrous tones, extraordinary gift for characterisation, and direct, unaffected utterance make him an ideal and revelatory performer of Ravel's songs.

These works, somewhat under-appreciated in the composer's oeuvre, demonstrate the endless variety and vast emotional scope of Ravel's musical sphere. Charming folk-song settings contrast with the almost surrealist world of Histoires naturelles, which caused outrage at its first performance. Yet this cycle contains some of Ravel's most dreamily beautiful music: the still, crystalline 'music of silence' created in Le martin-pecheur. In the words of Roger Nichols, who provides the fascinating booklet notes, 'From the sepulchral gloom of Un grand sommeil noir to the final exclamation 'Je bois / A la joie'..., Ravel's songs embrace a whole world'.
Facts
Item number CDA67728
Barcode 034571177281
Release date 01/06/2009
Category Romantic
Label Hyperion Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Finley, Gerald
Drake, Julius
Composers Ravel, Maurice
Disc: 1
Deux mélodies hébraïques
1 I. Le paon
2 II. Le grillon
3 III. Le cygne
4 IV. Le martin-pêcheur
5 V. La pintade
6 Ronsard à son âme
7 I. Chanson romanesque
8 II. Chanson épique
9 III. Chanson à boire
10 Un grand sommeil noir
11 Les grands vents venus d'outremer
12 Sur l'herbe
13 II. Chanson française
14 III. Chanson italienne
15 IV. Chanson hébraïque
16 V. Chanson écossaise
17 Noël des jouets
18 I. D'Anne qui m'a jecta de la neige
19 II. D'Anne jouant de l'espinette
20 I. Le réveil de la mariée
21 II. Là-bas, vers l'église
22 III. Quel galant m'est comparable?
23 IV. Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques
24 V. Tout gai!
25 I. Kaddisch
26 II. L'énigme éternelle
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