Si J’ai Aimé (CD)

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Sandrine Piau, Le Concert de la Loge, Julien Chauvin

Sandrine Piau’s first recital for the ALPHA Label, with Susan Manoff (Chimères – Alpha 397), proved an enormous hit (Diapason d’Or of the year, Choc of the year, and Gramophone Editor’s Choice). Her new project is a recital with orchestra celebrating French song of the period when it moved from the private salon to the concert hall. Planned in partnership with the Palazzetto Bru Zane, this programme evokes anticipation, desire, pleasure, memory, in short all the vagaries of love experienced by a romantic heroine… To verses of the poets Hugo, Lamartine, Gautier, and Verlaine, Sandrine Piau has selected song settings by Saint-Saëns (L’attente, Papillons), Massenet (Extase, Aimons-nous), and Vierne, as well as by the rarely-heard Dubois, Guilmant, and Bordes…

Julien Chauvin and his period instrument ensemble combine these songs with orchestral pieces (the Pavane de la belle au bois dormant from Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, and Debussy’s Danse profane for harp and orchestra).

The disc also presents excerpts from Nuits d’Été by Berlioz, and ends with the famous classic Plaisir d’amour by Martini.

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Sunday Times

"With a bell-like, very French-sounding soprano and crystalline diction, Piau revels in a survey of orchestral songs that includes Berlioz’s Au cimetière and Villanelle, from Les Nuits d’été, and his orchestration of Martini’s Plaisir d’amour."

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  1. Saint-Saëns: Extase
  2. Saint-Saëns: Papillons
  3. Bordes: Promenade matinale
  4. Berlioz: Les Nuits d'été, H.81 : Au cimetière
  5. Massenet: Le Poète et le Fantôme
  6. Pierné: Album pour mes petits amis, Op. 14 : Chanson d'autrefois
  7. Dubois: Si j'ai parlé… si j'ai aimé
  8. Berlioz: Les Nuits d'été, H.81 : Au cimetière
  9. Dubois: Musiques sur l'eau : Promenade à l'étang
  10. Berlioz: Trois mélodies, Op.11 : Beaux Papillons blancs
  11. Dubois: Aux étoiles
  12. Vierne: Ce que dit le silence
  13. Dubois: Sous le saule
  14. Saint-Saëns: Aimons-nous
  15. Massenet: Valse très lente
  16. Saint-Saëns: L'enlèvement
  17. Godard:Symphonie gothique, Op.23 : Grave
  18. Martini: Plaisir d'amour