Karine Deshayes: Une Voix (Apres un Reve + Rossini) | Aparte AP168

Karine Deshayes: Une Voix (Apres un Reve + Rossini)


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Label: Aparte

Cat No: AP168

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral



Karine Deshayes (mezzo-soprano)
Ensemble Contraste
Les Forces Majeures


Raphael Merlin


Berlioz, Hector

La Captive, op.12

Chausson, Ernest

Chanson perpetuelle, op.37

Faure, Gabriel

Berceuse in D major, op.16
Pavane, op.50
Romance in A major, op.69
Songs (3), op.7
» no.1 Apres un reve

Godard, Benjamin

Jocelyn, op.100
» Berceuse

Gounod, Charles

Le soir

Massenet, Jules

Thais: Meditation

Rossini, Gioacchino

Giovanna d'Arco
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
» Contro un cor
» Temporale
» Una voce poco fa
L'ame delaissee
La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
» Nacqui all' affanno
» Temporale
La Donna del Lago
» Tanti affetti in tal momento (Act 2)
» Assisa a' pie d'un salice / Deh calma, o ciel nel sonno
» Bel raggio lusinghier (Act 1)

Saint-Saens, Camille

Carnival of the Animals
» The Swan
Violons dans le soir


Karine Deshayes (mezzo-soprano)
Ensemble Contraste
Les Forces Majeures


Raphael Merlin


Après un rêve
This recording from French mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes and Ensemble Contraste explores familiar tunes of French Romanticism. Featuring works from Berlioz, Fauré, Gounod, Massenet and more, this delicious programme paints a picture of music and life in the Parisian salons.

From romance to melody composers of the century took their inspiration from the best writers of their time. Victor Hugo (Berlioz), Leconte de Lisle (Massenet), Lamartine (Gounod and Godard), Anna de Noailles (Saint-Saëns)… 'La Captive', for instance, is a poem from Victor Hugo that comes from Les Orientales. In April 1847, upon announcing the arrival of the composer, a Russian newspaper stated: "Berlioz is within our walls, he truly is the Victor Hugo of French music".

Karine Deshayes is one of the greatest Rossini singers on the international opera stage. In this first solo album, featuring excerpts from some of his most beautiful works, she traces the different stages in Rossini's life.

She is accompanied by Raphaël Merlin (cellist of the Ébène Quartet) at the head of Les Forces Majeures, a collective bringing together musicians from prestigious chamber ensembles and top-flight orchestras.

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