Forget This Night: Bacewicz, Boulanger, Szymanowski - Songs | 7 Mountain Records 7MNTN046

Forget This Night: Bacewicz, Boulanger, Szymanowski - Songs


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Label: 7 Mountain Records

Cat No: 7MNTN046

Barcode: 8720828354636

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 17th November 2023



Katharine Dain (soprano)
Sam Armstrong (piano)


Bacewicz, Grazyna

Mow do mnie, o mily
Piesni do slow arabskich z x wieku (3)
» no.1 Mamidlo
Smuga cienia

Boulanger, Lili

Clairieres dans le ciel (13 songs)
J'ai des freponds...
Morceaux (3) pour piano
» no.1 D'un vieux jardin
» no.2 D'un jardin clair

Szymanowski, Karol

Das Grab des Hafis
Gesange (4), op.41
» no.4 Das letzte Lied
Kurpian Songs (12), op.58
» no.2 Wysla burzycka
Love Songs of Hafiz, op.24
» no.3 Die brennenden Tulpen
Lullabies (3), op.48
» no.1 Pochyl sie cicho nad kolyska


Katharine Dain (soprano)
Sam Armstrong (piano)


‘Forget This Night’ explores impermanence and desire through songs by Lili Boulanger, Karol Szymanowski, and Grażyna Bacewicz.

The heart of the programme is Clairières dans le ciel, Lili Boulanger’s only song cycle and an overlooked masterpiece of the genre, which maps the interior emotional landscape of someone deeply in love – from blissful awe to the devastation of abandonment.

The cycle is framed by songs of Szymanowski (a contemporary of Boulanger, who across the continent and against the backdrop of the First World War was also writing music of simmering passion) and Bacewicz, of a generation later, who treats the same themes in songs of fresh directness and aching lyricism.

Opening with Boulanger’s first extant song, ‘Attente’, and ending with the premiere recording of a fragment for solo voice she wrote at the very end of her life, ‘Forget This Night’ poses a universal human question: how wholeheartedly can we open ourselves to relationships, and moments, that will inevitably end?

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