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Debussy & Hahn - French Vocal Music | BR Klassik 900529

Debussy & Hahn - French Vocal Music

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Label: BR Klassik

Cat No: 900529

Barcode: 4035719005295

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 7th January 2022

Contents

Artists

Christiane Karg (soprano)
Angela Brower (alto)
Daniel Behle (tenor)
Tarek Nazmi (bass)
Gerold Huber (piano)
Max Hanft (piano)
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductor

Howard Arman

Works

Debussy, Claude

Ariettes oubliees (6)
» no.3 L'ombre des arbres
La Damoiselle elue
Les Angelus
Salut printemps

Hahn, Reynaldo

Chansons grises (7)
» no.6 Paysage triste
Etudes latines

Artists

Christiane Karg (soprano)
Angela Brower (alto)
Daniel Behle (tenor)
Tarek Nazmi (bass)
Gerold Huber (piano)
Max Hanft (piano)
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductor

Howard Arman

About

The album includes Debussy's cantata La Damoiselle élue and Reynaldo Hahn's song and choral cycle Études latines, as well as several other masterful solo and choral songs by both composers.

Weightless, floating sounds, far removed from any earthbound striving for a home key and eluding any measurable emphases; a dazzlingly bright play of colours in instrumentation and impressionist tones, combined with that affectionate, softly melodic character of the French language – that is what constitutes the special charm of the French art-song. Audibly very different from the German Lied of the Romantic and Late Romantic periods, its extremes are filled with tensions and delightful contrasts.

In the concert repertoire on the German side of the Rhine, however, French solo and choral songs have remained something exotic – despite their charm, and despite the masterful compositions of Claude Debussy, Reynaldo Hahn and others. This selection of the finest examples from the oeuvre of both brilliant composers, written at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, offers music full of grace and impressionistic esprit that remains unique in the history of composition and art.

The cantata La Damoiselle élue was the first major success of the young Claude Debussy; appreciated for its beauty and tenderness, it is heard here for the first time in Howard Arman's version with two pianos, based equally on the orchestral score and Debussy’s own, independent piano version. It is joined by several of Debussy's solo and choral songs.

L'ombre des arbres dans la rivière embrumée, the poem by the symbolist lyricist Paul Verlaine, also hinges equally between Debussy and Hahn: it was masterfully set to music by both within a brief time period. The solo songs are performed by renowned soprano Christiane Karg, accompanied by Gerold Huber on the piano.

In his song and choral cycle Études latines, Reynaldo Hahn resurrected antiquity – that is, the romantically transfigured antiquity that was imagined at the time. Recreating such music not only gave the composer inspiration – in his recourse to ancient keys or musical instruments, for instance, including shepherd's flutes, pan pipes and lyres – but also great freedom. The piano accompaniment is restrained as far as possible. These serious and tender songs reflect on the life journeys taken by a person. After their final sounds have faded, no more words are needed, and no more questions remain unanswered.

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