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Gounod: Biondina / David Lefort, Simon Zaoui

Gounod / Lefort / Zaoui
Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Hortus   Catalog #: 84  
Composer:  Charles GounodFrancesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Simon ZaouiDavid Lefort
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Since the beginning of their collaboration in 2004, David Lefort and Simon Zaoui have regularly performed in recital with various programs: French song (Gounod, Poulenc, Fauré, Ravel) and lieder (Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn). In 2007 they attended a master class in interpretation with Ruben Lifschitz at the Abbey of Royaumont. This great specialist of lied and art song led them to discover the little-known score of Biondina by Charles Gounod. They thereupon developed a real affinity for this work, and—encouraged by Ruben—decided to compose a program around this cycle. Biondina, composed in 1872, is historically speaking the first cycle of songs written by a French composer in the 19th century. Since the beginning of their collaboration in 2004, David Lefort and Simon Zaoui have regularly performed in recital with various programs: French song (Gounod, Poulenc, Fauré, Ravel) and lieder (Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn). In 2007 they attended a master class in interpretation with Ruben Lifschitz at the Abbey of Royaumont. This great specialist of lied and art song led them to discover the little-known score of Biondina by Charles Gounod. They thereupon developed a real affinity for this work, and—encouraged by Ruben—decided to compose a program around this cycle. Biondina, composed in 1872, is historically speaking the first cycle of songs written by a French composer in the 19th century. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Biondina by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Simon Zaoui (Piano), David Lefort (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; England 
2. À la lune by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Simon Zaoui (Piano)
3. Mélodies (6): no 6, Venise by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Simon Zaoui (Piano), David Lefort (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; France 
4. Tormento by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Simon Zaoui (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Italy 
5. Romanze (2): no 2, Non t'amo più! by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Simon Zaoui (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Italy 
6. Canzoni-stornelli (3): no 2, L'ultima canzone by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  Simon Zaoui (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Italy 
7. Romances sans paroles (2) for Piano: no 1, La pervenche by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Simon Zaoui (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1861; France 
8. Oh! Dille tu! by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Simon Zaoui (Piano), David Lefort (Tenor)
9. La Rondinella pellegrina by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Simon Zaoui (Piano), David Lefort (Tenor)
10. Le Ruisseau by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Simon Zaoui (Piano), David Lefort (Tenor)
11. La Veneziana by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Simon Zaoui (Piano), David Lefort (Tenor)

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