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'Apres Un Reve'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Apres Un Reve'

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'Apres un reve' Berlioz La captive (a) Chausson Chanson perpetuelle, Op 37 (a) Faure Andante, Op 75. Apres un reve, Op 7 No 1 (a). Berceuse, Op 16. Pavane, Op 50. Romance, Op 69 Godard Jocelyn--Berceuse (a) Gounod L'absent (a). Romances sans paroles--Le solr (a) Massenet Elegie (a). Thai's--Meditation Saint-Saens Le carnaval des animaux--Le cygne. Violons dans le soir (a). Allegro appassionato. Op 43 (a) Karine Deshayes mez Ensemble Contraste Aparte [F] AP106 (72' * DDD)

In part a homage to the fin-de-siecle salon, this is a disc of melodies with ensemble accompaniment, and as such has points in common with Marie Nicole Lemieux's 'Chansons perpetuelles' album released earlier this year (Naive, 6/15). Whereas Lemieux, however, restricted herself to original works, interspersed with German and Russian songs with solo piano, Karine Deshayes and Ensemble Contraste stick with the French repertoire, opting, in places, to use arrangements by the ensemble's pianist Johan Farjot.

Late-19th-century salons, of course, delighted in small-scale versions or excerpts from larger works, and many of the works here existed in multiple arrangements and transcriptions well within their composers' lifetimes, some--Massenet's Ele'gie, for instance--adding a vocal line to a purely instrumental original. …

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