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Canteloube: Songs Of The Auvergne / De La Roche, Davrath

Canteloube / Davrath / De La Roche
Release Date: 02/14/2012 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1151  
Composer:  Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the crowning glories of the analogue era. Do not miss out on this.

Netania Davrath (1931-1987), for all her slender audience reach, has never been matched in this repertoire. Neither should we forget her other folksong collection (Vanguard) and the Abravanel-conducted Honegger King David (Vanguard).

For those in the know she is incomparable in the Auvergne songs; one of a kind.. Her unknowingly seductive voice is all artlessly bluff innocence and heartbreaking vulnerability. The arrangements zing, ping and gurgle with pipe, reed, tabor and hurdy-gurdy authenticity. Simply irresistible.

Davrath’s voice is bell-clear, smokily girlish, embodying countryside innocence yet sophisticated.
Read more She magically spins in facial expressions – smiles, winks and grimaces. Listen to the way she colours and adds emphasis and de-emphasis to “Chut Chut” and the words “tu tu lai lara” in Lo fiolairé. Yet there is no mistaking the Finzian tragedy entangled in playfulness in Oï ayaï and in the slowly unfolding La delaïssádo. The lullaby Brezairola is the crown of all lullabies. The voluptuous shimmer of the heat-haze in Obal, din loc coumbèlo has a soft-focus operatic emotional reach. The zip and vocal bravura of the dog-calls in Tè l'co tè are extraordinary and so is the bray and hoof-kick vivacity of Hé! Beyla-z-y d’au fé! Vocal production is pure, lit with endearment, affection, humour and sensuousness. She is elegant without gentility yet pristine and flamboyant.

Gens (also Naxos vol. 2), Upshaw, de Los Angeles, von Stade, Bayo (Naive), Bajor, Gomez, Te Kanawa (Decca – rather too maturely full-fat operatic for my taste), MacLiver and Madeleine Grey (the pioneering version on Pearl) have their moments and more. Davrath, however, stands consistently supreme.

Canteloube had a sure hand when it came to arranging and orchestrating these gems. Surely the trick, while using classical apparatus, is not to stifle the butterflies, birdsong, mist, escarpments, sun-dazzle, sheep-calls and heat-haze of the original songs. Canteloube works with an impressionistic palette, touching in with the subtlest intensifying use of piano, flute, oboe and clarinet. The lovely in-your-face balance takes the lightest tincture from Ravel, d'Indy, early Roussel and Bonnal.

The original 30ips half-inch master tapes were made on an Ampex 300 series vacuum tube (valve) tape recorder. Specially designed playback heads were used and the greatest attention paid to alignment, signal-to-noise ratio and frequency response. The fabulous results are still there to revel in.

There are downsides to this disc but do not let that put you off. We get neither sung words nor translations in the insert. While the disc is very well filled we have to do without about 18 songs included on the twin CD set: Vanguard Classics ATM-CD-1189 though some of them are not Songs of the Auvergne. On the plus-side the notes are by James Murray.

One of the crowning glories of the analogue era. Do not miss out on this.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International


It was Davrath who pioneered (the first) complete recording of Canteloube’s delightful settings of songs from the Auvergne region of France…her voice has a lovely, sweet purity and freedom, she also brings a special kind of colour and life to these infinitely varied settings…accompaniments are freshly idiomatic, warm but not over-upholstered, and this CD transfer retains all the sparkle and atmosphere.

-- Penguin Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 3 - no 5, Malurous qu'o uno fenno by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
2.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 3 - no 1, Lo fiolairé by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
3.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 1 - no 2, Baïlèro by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
4.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 4 - no 4, Chut, chut by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
5.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 2 - no 4, La delaïssádo by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
6.
Chants d'Auvergne: Vol 2 - no 5, Bourrées (2) by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
7.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 2 - no 5a, N'aï pas iéu de mîo by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
8.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 2 - no 5b, Lo calhé by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
9.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 1 - no 3, Bourrées (3) by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
10.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 1 - no 3a, L'Aïo dé rotso by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
11.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 1 - no 3b, Ound'onorèn gorda by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
12.
Chants d'Auvergne: c. Obal, din lou Limouzi by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
13.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 3 - no 3, Lou boussu by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
14.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 4 - no 2, Oï, ayaï by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
15.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 3 - no 2, Passo pel prat (grande) by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
16.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 4 - no 6, Lou coucut by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
17.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 3 - no 4, Brezairola by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Netania Davrath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  7 Customer Reviews )
 Listening to this is like opening up an old jewel November 7, 2012 By S. Martorella (East Greenwich, RI) See All My Reviews "Joseph Canteloube is a little known composer who studied with the post-Impressionistic Vincent d'Indy, also little known. Yet he devoted his life work to the study of French folk-song, and in particular that of his native Auvergne. This his most famous work occupied the last thirty years of his life, and the results are pleasing to the ear and to the mind. Like stepping back in time, some of the songs evoke ancient sounds and images from rustic villages, with singing and dancing and humor. Others are poignantly tender. Canteloube's orchestrations are lush and evocative and serve as a perfect accompaniment to the songs themselves. As a whole, the collection is wonderful doorway into the world of post-impressionism with its rural charm, daring experimentation, and just a hint of Debussy, but without the Parisian cosmopolitanism, ecclesiastical modality, and sense of classical antiquity that marked the more familiar music of the Impressionists. Netania Devrath was born around the time these pieces were written and had a voice that was ideal for the transmission of lieder and folk-song, that is light, clear and articulate with a sensitivity to language and nuance. These early recordings from the 60's are unsurpassed for their simplicity, beauty, clarity, "esprit de temps" and stylistic integrity. The listener is afforded a chance to step back in time to a another world so close to ours yet gone forever. If you like art-song and world folk music, then this album is like opening a jewel box and discovering new treasures from a distant past. My highest recommendation for the songs, the performance and the formidable job of remastering of the old recordings." Report Abuse
 An Historic disc November 3, 2012 By jerry hirshberg (Del Mar, CA) See All My Reviews "A truly magnificent recording on all dimensions. Davrath's voice conveys a purity and appropriately unforced sweetness not only in its sound, but in the very nature of the singer herself! This level of purity simply cannot be faked, and it it becomes one with the nature of the music itself. It is mesmerizing. I had not heard of the conductor, De La Roche, or orchestra before, which is maddeningly referred to as, "Orchestra"! Whoever they are, they deserve great recognition for wrapping themselves around every nuance of this delicate score, allowing inner voices I have not heard emerging from other excellent performances. This does not sound like a studio run-through. And finally, this once-in-a-lifetime performance is preserved in stunningly natural, open, transparent sound, so right for the music. It simply takes me there, someplace I want to be. Bravo." Report Abuse
 At Last. October 16, 2012 By A. Smith (Dunedin, Otago) See All My Reviews "At last somebody released this lovely old recording onto CD. I have been waiting for this for over 20 years. Netania Davrath's version was always the definitive version of these lovely songs collected by Cantaloube. Pity that the original cover was not retained, but maybe Vanguard did not retain it??? Great release ARKIV" Report Abuse
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