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A Verlaine Songbook


In his poem Art poétique, Paul Verlaine declared that poetry should, above all, be musical: 'De la musique avant toute chose'. This quality in his work was already recognized by composers during his lifetime, and it is sometimes claimed that Verlaine has been set to music more often than any other poet after him. For their Verlaine Songbook, Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton have selected songs by ten composers, including two complete cycles – Fauré's La Bonne Chanson and Debussy's Ariettes oubliées. The 33 songs on the disc set a total of 25 texts – several poems by Verlaine have attracted more than one composer, and Clair de lune appears three times, in versions by Debussy, Fauré and Joseph Szulc, while La lune blanche can be heard no less than four, in versions by Fauré, Ernest Chausson, Reynaldo Hahn and Poldowski – the pseudonym of the Belgian-born British composer Régine Wieniawski. Released in 2015 to critical acclaim, Carolyn Sampson's début recital disc, Fleurs (BIS-2102), was a flower-themed anthology with songs by composers ranging from Purcell to Benjamin Britten via Schubert and Debussy. On the present disc the repertoire is rather more concentrated in time – all songs were composed during a span of 35 years (c. 1880-1915) – but the variety is nevertheless striking: a reflection of how different artistic temperaments have responded to the many-facetted Verlaine.
 
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  Composer: Debussy, Claude
  Fêtes galantes, 1er recueil 07:00
01 I. En sourdine 02:58 $ 0.71 USD
02 II. Fantoches 01:20 $ 0.32 USD
03 III. Clair de lune 02:42 $ 0.65 USD
 
 
  Composer: Poldowski
04 Cythère 00:51 $ 0.20 USD
 
05 En sourdine 02:44 $ 0.66 USD
 
06 Colombine 01:53 $ 0.45 USD
 
07 L’heure exquise 02:53 $ 0.69 USD
 
08 Mandoline 01:34 $ 0.38 USD
 
09 Sur l’herbe 02:07 $ 0.51 USD
 
 
  Composer: Szulc, Josef Zygmunt
10 Clair de lune  03:08 $ 0.75 USD
 
 
  Composer: De Séverac, Déodat
11 Le ciel est, par-dessus le toit 03:28 $ 0.83 USD
 
 
  Composer: Fauré, Gabriel
  La Bonne Chanson 19:37
12 I. Une sainte en son auréole 02:08 $ 0.51 USD
13 II. Puisque l’aube grandit 01:49 $ 0.44 USD
14 III. La lune blanche 02:09 $ 0.52 USD
15 IV. J’allais par des chemins perfides 01:39 $ 0.40 USD
16 V. J’ai presque peur, en vérité 02:16 $ 0.54 USD
17 VI. Avant que tu ne t’en ailles 02:26 $ 0.58 USD
18 VII. Donc, ce sera par un clair jour d’été 02:22 $ 0.57 USD
19 VIII. N’est-ce pas ? 02:05 $ 0.50 USD
20 IX. L’hiver a cessé 02:43 $ 0.65 USD
 
 
  Composer: Chausson, Ernest
21 Apaisement 02:50 $ 0.68 USD
 
 
  Composer: Saint-Saëns, Camille
22 Le vent dans la plaine 01:21 $ 0.32 USD
 
 
  Composer: Hahn, Reynaldo
  7 Chansons grises 04:21
23 Tous deux 01:42 $ 0.41 USD
24 L’heure exquise 02:39 $ 0.64 USD
 
 
  Composer: Fauré, Gabriel
25 Clair de lune 02:45 $ 0.66 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bordes, Charles
26 Colloque sentimental 04:24 $ 1.06 USD
 
 
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
  Ariettes oubliees 15:09
27 I. C’est l’extase langoureuse 02:42 $ 0.65 USD
28 II. Il pleure dans mon coeur 02:26 $ 0.58 USD
29 III. L’ombre des arbres 02:25 $ 0.58 USD
30 IV. Chevaux de bois 03:12 $ 0.77 USD
31 V. Aquarelles I: Green 02:14 $ 0.54 USD
32 VI. Aquarelles II: Spleen 02:10 $ 0.52 USD
 
 
  Composer: De Séverac, Déodat
33 Paysages tristes 01:45 $ 0.42 USD
 
  Album total 80:00
SopranoSampson, Carolyn
PianoMiddleton, Joseph
ComposerBordes, Charles
Chausson, Ernest
De Séverac, Déodat
Debussy, Claude
Fauré, Gabriel
Hahn, Reynaldo
Poldowski
Saint-Saëns, Camille
Szulc, Josef Zygmunt

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