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The Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and it's Artistic and Music Director Kazuki Yamada, interprets the now 'traditional' recorded pairing of two sumptuous, escapist French song cycles: Berlioz's Les Nuits d'été and Ravel's Shéhérazade. Complementing them both musically and thematically is a third, less frequently heard cycle by another great French composer, Camille Saint-Saëns: his Mélodies Persanes (Persian Songs). "From the first note to the last, Lemieux's interpretation of the Berlioz was exemplary..." wrote Bachtrack when she performed Les Nuits d'été in Paris. "From the depths of her lower register to her shimmering high notes, she traced a supple trajectory through the work, phrasing with amplitude and missing no opportunity for word-painting." Palazzetto Bru Zane's new edition of the cycle Saint-Saëns: Mélodies Persanes presented here, is a premiere recording, it gathers these orchestrations of the songs but restores the original piano-vocal order, repurposing two brief interludes from Nuit persane to serve as an orchestral introduction and transition.
The Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and it's Artistic and Music Director Kazuki Yamada, interprets the now 'traditional' recorded pairing of two sumptuous, escapist French song cycles: Berlioz's Les Nuits d'été and Ravel's Shéhérazade. Complementing them both musically and thematically is a third, less frequently heard cycle by another great French composer, Camille Saint-Saëns: his Mélodies Persanes (Persian Songs). "From the first note to the last, Lemieux's interpretation of the Berlioz was exemplary..." wrote Bachtrack when she performed Les Nuits d'été in Paris. "From the depths of her lower register to her shimmering high notes, she traced a supple trajectory through the work, phrasing with amplitude and missing no opportunity for word-painting." Palazzetto Bru Zane's new edition of the cycle Saint-Saëns: Mélodies Persanes presented here, is a premiere recording, it gathers these orchestrations of the songs but restores the original piano-vocal order, repurposing two brief interludes from Nuit persane to serve as an orchestral introduction and transition.
5054197659409
Marie Lemieux -Nicole - Berlioz: Nuit D'ete Ravel: Sheherazade Saint-Saens

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Format: CD
Label: ERATO
Rel. Date: 03/29/2024
UPC: 5054197659409

Berlioz: Nuit D'ete Ravel: Sheherazade Saint-Saens
Artist: Marie Lemieux -Nicole
Format: CD
New: Available $18.98
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Formats and Editions

DISC: 1

1. Les Nuits D'ÉTÉ, Op. 7, H 81B: I. Villanelle, H 82B
2. Les Nuits D'ÉTÉ, Op. 7, H 81B: II. Le Spectre de la Rose, H 83B
3. Les Nuits D'ÉTÉ, Op. 7, H 81B: III. Sur Les Lagunes, H 84B
4. Les Nuits D'ÉTÉ, Op. 7, H 81B: IV. Absence, H 85B
5. Les Nuits D'ÉTÉ, Op. 7, H 81B: V. Au Cimetière, H 86B
6. Les Nuits D'ÉTÉ, Op. 7, H 81B: VI. L'île Inconnue, H 87B
7. Mélodies Persanes, Op. 26: Prélude
8. Mélodies Persanes, Op. 26: No. 1, la Brise
9. Mélodies Persanes, Op. 26: No. 2, la Splendeur Vide
10. Mélodies Persanes, Op. 26: No. 3, la Solitaire
11. Mélodies Persanes, Op. 26: No. 4, Sabre en Main
12. Mélodies Persanes, Op. 26: Interlude
13. Mélodies Persanes, Op. 26: No. 5, Au Cimetière
14. Mélodies Persanes, Op. 26: No. 6, Tournoiement
15. Shéhérazade, M. 41: No. 1, Asie
16. Shéhérazade, M. 41: No. 2, la Flûte Enchantée
17. Shéhérazade, M. 41: No. 3, L'indifférent

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The Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and it's Artistic and Music Director Kazuki Yamada, interprets the now 'traditional' recorded pairing of two sumptuous, escapist French song cycles: Berlioz's Les Nuits d'été and Ravel's Shéhérazade. Complementing them both musically and thematically is a third, less frequently heard cycle by another great French composer, Camille Saint-Saëns: his Mélodies Persanes (Persian Songs). "From the first note to the last, Lemieux's interpretation of the Berlioz was exemplary..." wrote Bachtrack when she performed Les Nuits d'été in Paris. "From the depths of her lower register to her shimmering high notes, she traced a supple trajectory through the work, phrasing with amplitude and missing no opportunity for word-painting." Palazzetto Bru Zane's new edition of the cycle Saint-Saëns: Mélodies Persanes presented here, is a premiere recording, it gathers these orchestrations of the songs but restores the original piano-vocal order, repurposing two brief interludes from Nuit persane to serve as an orchestral introduction and transition.
        
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