La Bonne Chanson-Gabriel Fauré FC101


It is quite extraordinary

Gabriel Fauré, foremost French composer of his generation, song writer extraordinaire, his musical style influencing many 20th-century composers. Two song cycles of his as well as three individual songs of great beauty are presented on this CD. Alternating with these songs are a number of his charming chamber music pieces featuring the harp and the flute which capture the spirit of Fauré’s time.

Jasper Schweppe-baritone
Arthur Schoonderwoerd-piano
Eleonore Pameijer-flute
Erika Waardenburg-harp

Cinq mélodies ‘De Venise’ opus 58 (Verlaine), baritone and piano
1. Mandoline   1’46
2. En sourdine   3’05
3. Green   2’02
4. A Clymène   2’49
5. C’est l’extase   2’51

6. Fantaisie opus 79, flute and harp   5’30

7. Morceau de Concours, flute and harp   2’50

Three Songs (Verlaine), baritone and piano
8. Clair de lune opus 46 no.2    2’51
9. Spleen opus 51 no.3   2’06
10. Prison opus 83 no.1   2’01

11. Berceuse opus 16, flute and harp   3’20

12. Sicilienne de Pelléas et Mélisande opus 78, flute and harp   3’44

13. Une Châtelaine en sa Tour, harp solo   5’26

La Bonne Chanson opus 61 (Verlaine), baritone and piano
14. Une Sainte en son auréole    2’21
15. Puisque l’aube grandit    1’53
16. La lune blanche   2’31
17. J’allais par des chemins perfides   1’47
18. J’ai presque peur, en vérité   2’15
19. Avant que tu ne t’en ailles   2’47
20. Donc, ce sera par un clair jour d’été   2’24
21. N’est-ce pas?   2’16
22. L’hiver a cessé    2’58

23. Impromptu opus 86, harp solo   8’04

[Bariton Jasper Schweppe] "dedicated himself to songs by Fauré and that recording hit the bull's eye. With his light but carrying voice, Schweppe seems to be born for this Romantic French repertoire. Effortless he tells his story, with a naturalness that conquers the heart." - Thiemo Wind, De Telegraaf

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