‘Chimera: an illusory, unsatisfied quest, the graveyard of our illusions...’
With Chimère, Sandrine Piau invites us on a voyage into the intimate and infinite territory of dreams. She and her long standing partner, the pianist Susan Manoff, have thought up a programme combining the German lied (Hugo Wolf, one of Schumann’s Mignon songs, a scene from Goethe’s Faust by Carl Loewe), Mélodies by Debussy and Poulenc (his Banalités), and Art Songs by Barber along with discoveries of more rarely heard composers like Ivor Gurney and the Dickinson Songs of André Previn – the celebrated American conductor is less well-known for hisRead more compositions, which include this magnificent cycle written for Renée Fleming.
Equally at home in French, German and English, Sandrine Piau is at the peak of her artistry. -----
Piau's is a voice that can bloom sensuously at the top, and which she controls exquisitely. Her purely gorgeous accounts of Wolf's Verschwiegene Liebe and Gurney's Sleep are simply breathtaking. The three Schumann songs leaves one longing for more. This is one of the most fascinating, satisfying and moving recital discs to have come this reviewer's way for some time. It's beautifully recorded too.
Dickinson Songs (3)by André Previn Performer:
Sandrine Piau (Soprano),
Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century Written: 1999; USA
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A weird, very beautiful releaseAugust 22, 2018By Gail M. (Goleta, CA)See All My Reviews"These performances include a variety of interesting music from a considerable span of time; somehow it all fits together as a concert. Piau has a beautiful voice and is able to effectively project the unusual moods of these pieces. Manoff provides excellent support from the piano. Listeners concerned with hearing the lyrics of these songs may find that Piau's enunciation is much less clear than one usually hears in a lieder recital. The words are printed (3 languages) in the large, elaborate booklet, but in very small print that requires good vision to read. Certainly here the emphasis is on the music and also the thick, finely produced booklet containing many fanciful images of bizarre creatures."Report Abuse