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Chaminade: Mots d'Amour / Von Otter, Forsberg


Release Date: 02/12/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471331   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Anne Sofie von OtterBengt ForsbergNils-Erik SparfPeter Jablonski
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



This album was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance.

Here is something to delight all but the most misanthropic listeners. Even by their own standards, this is one of the most enterprising CDs Anne Sofie von Otter and Bengt Forsberg have made. Although Cécile Chaminade’s piano music has never been entirely neglected, her songs have remained firmly locked away. Chaminade composed over 125 mélodies at the height of her fame between 1890 and 1910; she was equally popular as a pianist and composer, in 1907 giving a 25-concert tour in the USA.

Like many of her contemporaries, Mme Chaminade’s choice of poems veers towards the
Read more sentimental and sometimes sugary. There are images of eyes like emeralds, of a lover as a bird ‘drunk with the blue sky’ and another as a gardener of the heavens, about to ‘gather stars for you’. Von Otter and Forsberg open with one of Chaminade’s most popular songs, Ronde d’amour. It is also one of the very few to have been recorded before – by the 80-year-old Lucien Fugère in 1928 (Symposium, 6/93). He sings it more as a folksong, von Otter tilts it towards the theatre, taking it very fast and with some lovely playful half-spoken effects. La lune paresseuse that follows, with a beautiful rippling melody in the accompaniment, shows Chaminade in a more ecstatic vein, the singer offering a prayer to the moon, in the words of one Charles de Bussy.

Sombrero is a typical bit of Spanish colour, with more than a hint of Carmen. Mignonne, words by Ronsard, is slow and simple, a vivid response to this famous verse. L’anneau d’argent is the only Chaminade song that most people might be familiar with – Fugère recorded this too, as has Robert White more recently (Hyperion, 2/96). Rosemonde Gérard’s poem about the wedding ring – or is it only a token? – ends in a satin-lined coffin.

These five songs basically set the mood for the whole recital, moving back and forth between the romantic, the exotic and the whimsical. In the hands and the voice of lesser artists, Chaminade’s songs might seem hoplessly dated, but von Otter and Forsberg so obviously relish the elegant vocal lines and the really imaginative (and demanding) piano parts.

The last part of the disc includes six instrumental pieces, typical of the belle époque, but also exhilarating in their tunefulness and brio. Nils-Erik Sparf plays the three violin pieces, including Kreisler’s arrangement of the Sérénade espagnol, and also joins in the pastiche 18th-century Menuet, ‘Dans votre robe à grands paniers’. In the pieces for two pianos Forsberg and Peter Jablonski bring the recital to an end with the slightly dotty Danse païenne. A totally entrancing CD from two of the greatest explorers of repertory.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Ronde d'amour "Ah! si l'amour prenait racine" by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: French 
2.
La lune paresseuse by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
Sombrero by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
Mignonne by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: French 
5.
L'anneau d'argent by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1891; France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: French 
6.
Ma première lettre by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: French 
7.
L'amour captif "Mignonne, à l'amour j'ai lié les alies" by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: French 
8.
Attente (Au Pays de Provence) by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: French 
9.
Voisinage by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: French 
10.
Bonne humeur by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: French 
11.
Alleluia by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: French 
12.
Malgré nous by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: French 
13.
Nice-la-Belle by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: French 
14.
Menuet by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Nils-Erik Sparf (Violin), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: French 
15.
Te souvient-tu by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: French 
16.
Auprés de ma mie by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: French 
17.
Viens, mon bien-aime! by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: French 
18.
Si j'étais jardinier by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: French 
19.
Villanelle by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: French 
20.
Mots d'amour by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: French 
21.
Ecrin by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1902; France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: French 
22.
Espoir by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: French 
23.
Chanson triste by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: French 
24.
Je voudrais by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: French 
25.
L'éte by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: French 
26.
Chanson espagnole, Op. 150 "Serenade espagnole" by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Nils-Erik Sparf (Violin), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Fritz Kreisler 
27.
Rondeau for Violin and Piano, Op. 97 by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Nils-Erik Sparf (Violin), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
28.
Capriccio for Violin and Piano, Op. 18 by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Nils-Erik Sparf (Violin), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
29.
Valse carnavalesque for 2 Pianos, Op. 73 by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Peter Jablonski (Piano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1894; France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
30.
Pas des cymbales, Op. 36 no 2 by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Peter Jablonski (Piano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
31.
Danse paienne, Op. 158 by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Peter Jablonski (Piano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Ronde d'Amour: Ah! si l'amour prenait
La Lune paresseuse: Dans un rayon de crépuscule
Sombrero: Qu'elle était mutine
Mignonne: Mignonne allons voir si la rose
L'Anneau d'argent: Le cher anneau d'argent
Ma Première Lettre: Hélas! que nous oublions vite
L'Amour captif: Mignonne, à l'amour j'ai lié
Attente (Au Pays de Provence): Je ne sais à quoi
Voisinage: Je n'avais pas encor vingt ans
Bonne Humeur: Nous marchions sous la fine pluie
Alleluia: J'avais douté de votre amour
Malgré nous: Ce n'est pas la faute
Nice-La-Belle: Quand ton ciel se dore aux feux de matin
Menuet: Dans votre robe à grands paniers
Te Souvient-Tu?: Te souviens-tu de ta promesse
Auprès de ma mie: Si j'étais l'oiseau léger
Viens, Mon Bien-Aimé: Les beaux jours vont enfin renaitre
Si J'Étais Jardinier
Villanelle: Le blé superbe est rentré
Mots d'Amour: Quand je te dis des mots lassés
Écrin: Tes yeux malicieux
Espoir: Ne dis pas que l'espoir
Chanson triste: Dans les profondes mers
Je voudrais: Je voudrais être une fleur
L'Été: Ah, chantez, chantez
Sérénade Espagnole, Op.150 - Arranged by Fritz Kreisler
Rondeau, Op.97
Capriccio, Op.18
Valse Carnavalesque, op.73
Pas des Cymbales, op.36, no.2
Danse Paienne, op.158

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