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Till Solveig / Karen Vourc'h, Susan Manoff

Grieg / Rangstrom / Sibelius / Debussy / Manoff
Release Date: 06/14/2011 
Label:  Aparte   Catalog #: 2  
Composer:  Claude DebussyEdvard GriegTure RangströmJean Sibelius
Performer:  Karen Vourc'hSusan Manoff
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The predominantly Scandinavian repertory on this album might seem an odd choice for a French soprano, but Karen Vourc'h, a former physics student, is of partly Norwegian background A few of the Grieg songs, such as Solveig's Song (track 5), are familiar recital items, but much of Vourc'h's material is unusual. The Grieg songs, even where originally in other languages, are sung in Norwegian. A group of songs by Jean Sibelius is in Swedish, and Vourc'h makes a good case for these little-known, rough-hewn pieces. Lesser known still is Ture Rangström's Pan (track 9), a gorgeous interlude of deep summer in the middle of the program. Vourc'h returns to more familiar ground with a set of Debussy songs at the end. What's most impressive is how Read more she modulates her voice among the various styles present in this little vocal recital, with a soft, luxuriant sound in the Grieg, a rougher edge in the Sibelius, and a classic repose in Debussy's concluding Beau soir. There isn't a dull moment in this performance of largely fresh material, and Vourc'h makes it seem both personal and perfectly controlled. Highly recommended.

-- James Manheim, All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
Chansons de Bilitis for Speaker and Chamber Ensemble by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Karen Vourc'h (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; France 
2.
Apparition by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Karen Vourc'h (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1884; France 
3.
Beau soir by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Karen Vourc'h (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1880; France 
4.
Songs (6), Op. 48: no 5, Zur Rosenzeit by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Karen Vourc'h (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Norway 
5.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 2, A swan by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Karen Vourc'h (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
6.
Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55: no 4, Solvejg's Song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Karen Vourc'h (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
7.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 4, With a waterlily by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Karen Vourc'h (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
8.
Ballads (5): no 3, Pan by Ture Rangström
Performer:  Karen Vourc'h (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Sweden 
9.
Songs (7), Op. 17: no 1, And I questioned them no further by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Karen Vourc'h (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Finland 
10.
Songs (6), Op. 36: no 2, But my bird by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Karen Vourc'h (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
11.
Songs (6), Op. 36: no 1, Black roses by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Karen Vourc'h (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Finland 
12.
Songs (7), Op. 17: no 5, The dragonfly by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Karen Vourc'h (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1894; Finland 
13.
Songs (5), Op. 37: no 5, Maiden's tryst by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Karen Vourc'h (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Finland 

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