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'Chanson D'avril

Magazine article Gramophone

'Chanson D'avril

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'Chanson d'avril'

'French chansons and melodies' Bizet Adieux de l'hotesse Arabe. Ouvre ton coeur. Pastorale. Chanson d'avril Duparc L'invitation au voyage. Chanson triste. Au pays ou se fait la guerre Liszt Enfant, si j'etais roi, S283. Oh! quand je dors, S282. S'il est un charmant gazon, S284. Comment, disaient-ils, S276 Ravel Sheherazade. Cinq melodies populaires grecques Nicole Cabell sop Craig Terry pf Delos [F] DE3450 (65' * DDD)

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The American soprano Nicole Cabell's recording career has been a curious one. After winning the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World in 2005, she went on to make her prize-winning debut disc, 'Soprano' (Decca, 5/07), which--though excellent was more showcase than recital. Five years later a much quieter release followed in 'Silver Rain' (Blue Griffin, 1/13), a disc of songs by Ricky Ian Gordon. Now she returns with perhaps her most thoughtful programme to date.

'Chanson d'avril' capitalises on Cabell's flair for French repertoire, exploring a selection of chansons and melodies by Bizet, Duparc, Liszt and Ravel. Ideas of the exotic recur throughout, whether in Bizet's 'Hotesse arabe' or Ravel's Sheherazade, evocatively drawn by Cabell's new depth and range of tone. …

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