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L'heure Exquise - A French Songbook / Alice Coote


Release Date: 05/12/2015 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67962   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francis PoulencReynaldo HahnGabriel FauréCharles Gounod,   ... 
Performer:  Alice CooteGraham Johnson
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



A beautifully formed recital shining different lights on a central theme. It is distinguished by Coote’s thorough absorption in the stylistic character of each song, conveying their individual sentiments and sensitivities with her rich, liquid mezzo and relishing the colouristic potential of the poetic texts.

– Gramophone [6/2015]

Alice Coote is the darling of the world’s opera stages and recital halls—to the extent that her solo recordings are rare events. In this much-anticipated French Songbook, Graham Johnson lends his incomparable insight to this most remarkable of talents on an emotional rollercoaster through twenty-three songs of Gallic
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Works on This Recording

1.
Léocadia, FP 106: Les chemins de l'amour by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1940 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2.
Douze Rondels: Les étoiles by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3.
Le secret, Op. 23 no 3 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1881; France 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
4.
Sérénade by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; France 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Au printemps by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
6.
Mélodies (6), for voice and piano: Toutes les fleurs by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1890 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
7.
Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: no 3b, Le temps de lilas by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1890; France 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
8.
Fleur jetée, Op. 39 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
9.
Les nuits d'été, Op. 7: Le spectre de la rose by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 09/1841 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 6 Minutes 11 Secs. 
10.
Aimons-nous by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; France 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
11.
Mélodies (6): no 4, L'île heureuse by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; France 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
12.
Chère nuit by Alfred Bachelet
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
13.
Soirée en mer, song for voice & piano by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
14.
Trois chansons de France, L 115: La grotte by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1904; France 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
15.
Les feuilles blessées: Fumée by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1901-1906 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
16.
Café-concert songs (3): Je te veux by Erik Satie
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1901; France 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
17.
La chère blessure, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II") by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
18.
Quatre mélodies, Op. 22: Novembre by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1901 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
19.
Banalités, FP 107: Voyage à Paris by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1940; France 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
20.
Banalités, FP 107: Hôtel by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1940; France 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
21.
La grenouillère by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
22.
Calligrammes, FP 140: Voyage by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1948 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
23.
Chansons grises (7): no 5, L'heure exquise by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Alice Coote (), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1893; France 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, East Finchley, Londo 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 

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