Jongen - Fetes rouges: Complete Songs Vol.2 | Musique en Wallonie MEW2306

Jongen - Fetes rouges: Complete Songs Vol.2


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Label: Musique en Wallonie

Cat No: MEW2306

Barcode: 5425008323060

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 6th October 2023



Joseph Jongen is universally considered one of the major Belgian composers of the 20th century. The 150th anniversary of his birth, celebrated in 2023, is the occasion for the rediscovery of an oeuvre that remains, for the most part, oddly underrated. Following on Entrevisions (Musique en Wallonie, MEW1993, 2019), this CD of Fêtes rouges now concludes the first complete recording of his mélodies (art songs) for voice and piano. The mélodie genre occupies a special place within the chamber music repertoire. Numerous composers contemporary with Jongen, both male and female, tried their hand at it, but few succeeded in raising it to emblematic status to stand comparison with Fauré, Debussy or indeed Ravel. In his letters and notebooks Jongen mentions his vocal works only briefly. But listening to the complete corpus of these works, and the stylistic evolution that becomes evident, reveals the enjoyment and obvious care which Jongen brought to each of these miniatures. Carrying on from Entrevisions, the double album of Fêtes rouges offers a musical overview of the composer's various “periods”: French romanticism, post-Wagnerism and Debussy-ism, and a Jongenian synthesis. Each CD focuses on one of his three great song cycles: op.25 (Entrevisions, MEW1993, 2019), here we have op.29 and op.57.

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