Black is the Colour: Berio, Ravel, Falla | Alpha ALPHA384

Black is the Colour: Berio, Ravel, Falla


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA384

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 19th January 2018



Alpha continues its collaboration with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and its Academy, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2018. We invite you to discover artists of great talent who take us on a trip to Auvergne, Sicily, Armenia and Azerbaijan thanks to Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs, to Andalusia with Falla’s Psyché on a poem of Georges-Jean Aubry, and to the world of Jules Renard with Ravel’s Histoires naturelles. The last-named are recorded in a version for chamber ensemble: ‘Since Ravel gave Manuel Rosenthal permission to make an arrangement for large orchestra which we found rather overblown, we set out to find a “chasseur d’images” (to quote the title of one of Renard’s Histoires naturelles poems) who could transcribe the work without losing its intimate, delicate aspect.... We hope you will be as charmed as we are by Arthur Lavandier’s work, which beautifully conveys the immensely refined timbres and nuances of Ravel’, says the oboist Clément Noël, a member of the Swiss Ensemble Labyrinth.

Anna Stéphany is a true revelation, performing this programme with the technique, the sensuality and the emotional impact that earned her a huge triumph in Mozart at last summer’s Glyndebourne Festival.


Stéphany’s mezzo-soprano radiates warmth and substance, and Labyrinth bring lean and focused energy to a programme that begins with Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs. ... She is even more assured in Ravel’s Histoires Naturelles, which come up vividly in a new chamber arrangement.  Erica Jeal
The Guardian 1 February 2018

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