Chimère (CD+Book)

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Sandrine Piau, Susan Manoff

After a number of appearances in Alpha productions (notably as a sublime Alcina in the DVD conducted by Christophe Rousset and staged by Pierre Audi at La Monnaie), Sandrine Piau now joins the label for several recordings. With Chimère, she invites us on a voyage into the intimate and infinite territory of dreams. ‘Chimera: an illusory, unsatisfied quest, the graveyard of our illusions...’ She and her long standing partner, the pianist Susan Manoff, have thought up a programme combining the German lied (Hugo Wolf, one of Schumann’s Mignon songs, a scene from Goethe’s Faust by Carl Loewe), Mélodies by Debussy and Poulenc (his Banalités), and Art Songs by Barber along with discoveries of more rarely heard composers like Ivor Gurney and the Dickinson Songs of André Previn – the celebrated American conductor is less well-known for his compositions, which include this magnificent cycle written for Renée Fleming. Equally at home in French, German and English, Sandrine Piau is at the peak of her artistry. Fantoches, Clair de Lune, Solitary Hotel, Will there really be a morning?: set out for the world of dreams following this unique poetic itinerary. ‘The land of chimeras is the only one in this world worth living in’ (Jean-Jacques Rousseau).

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1. Carl Loewe: Lieder und Balladen: Ach neige, du Schmerzenreiche
2. Robert Schumann: Lieder und Gesänge aus ‘Wilhelm Meister’, Op.98a: Mignon ‘Kennst du das Land?’
3. Robert Schumann: Lieder und Gesänge, Op.127: Dein Angesicht 
4. Robert Schumann: Myrthen, Op.25: Die Lotosblume 
5. Claude Debussy: Fêtes Galantes I, CD 86: En sourdine 
6. Claude Debussy: Fêtes Galantes I, CD 86: Fantoches 
7. Claude Debussy: Fêtes Galantes I, CdD 86: Clair de lune 
8. Hugo Wolf: Verschwiegene Liebe 
9. Hugo Wolf: Nixe Binsefuss 
10. Hugo Wolf: Das verlassene Mägdelein 
11. Hugo Wolf: Lied vom Winde 
12. Ivor Gurney: 5 Elizabethan Songs, IIG 2: Sleep 
13. Robert Baska: Heart! We will forget him 
14. Francis Poulenc: Banalités, FP 107: Chanson d’Orkenise 
15. Francis Poulenc: Banalités, FP 107: Hôtel 
16. Francis Poulenc: Banalités, FP 107: Fagnes de Wallonie 
17. Francis Poulenc: Banalités, FP 107: Voyage à Paris
18. Francis Poulenc: Banalités, FP 107: Sanglots 
19. Samuel Barber: Despite and Still, Op.41 No.4: Solitary Hotel 
20. Francis Poulenc: Métamorphoses, FP 121: C’est ainsi que tu es 
21. André Previn: Three Dickinson Songs: As Imperceptibly as Grief 
22. André Previn: Three Dickinson Songs: Will there Really be a Morning? 
23. André Previn: Three Dickinson Songs: Good Morning Midnight