Sirènes: Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner (CD)

Harmonia Mundi
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Artist:
Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Pascal Jourdan

In recording this first recital for harmonia mundi, Stéphanie d'Oustrac and Pascal Jourdan wished to measure themselves against three cornerstones of Romantic music, three composers who each in their own way made a decisive contribution to the evolution of the lied (Liszt), or even to the birth of the French mélodie, in the case of Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été.

Much more widely known in their sumptuous orchestration, these songs take on a completely different dimension when accompanied by the sobriety of a piano.

This artistic approach found its ultimate resonance in the five Wesendonck-Lieder, which Wagner originally intended as a simple duo for voice and piano, though they were eventually to form one of the most famous cycles in the history of the lied.

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Reviews:

"The French singer’s gleaming bright mezzo brings soprano overtones to this music, and she is especially compelling in Berlioz’s anguished “Ah! Sans amour, s’en aller sur la mer” in Sur les lagunes, and skittish and playful in Villanelle. The piano reduction may lack the sensuality of Berlioz’s orchestral version, but both Jourdain and d’Oustrac compensate with their idiomatic phrasing and colouring." - The Sunday Times

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Tracklisting:

FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)

1 | Die Loreley, S. 273/2

Poème de Heinrich Heine

 

2 | Freudvoll und leidvoll, S. 280/1

Poème de Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

3 | Es war ein König in Thule, S. 278/2

Poème de Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

4 | Im Rhein, im schönen Strome, S. 272/2

Poème de Heinrich Heine

 

5 | Freudvoll und leidvoll, S. 280/2

Poème de Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

6 | Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh, S. 306/2

Poème de Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803-1869)

Les Nuits d’été

Six melodies pour voix et piano, op. 7, H. 81A

Poèmes de Théophile Gautier (extraits de La Comedie de la mort)

7 | 1. Villanelle, H. 82

8 | 2. Le Spectre de la rose, H. 83

9 | 3. Sur les lagunes - Lamento, H. 84

10 | 4. Absence, H. 85

11 | 5. Au cimetiere - Clair de lune, H. 86

12 | 6. L’Ile inconnue, H. 87

13 | La Mort d’Ophélie, op. 18 no2, H. 92A

 

RICHARD WAGNER (1813-1883)

Wesendonck-Lieder, WWV 91

Funf Gedichte fur eine Frauenstimme

Poèmes de Mathilde Wesendonck

14 | 1. Der Engel

15 | 2. Stehe still

16 | 3. Im Treibhaus

17 | 4. Schmerzen

18 | 5. Traume