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Koechlin: Vocal Works With Orchestra / Banse, Et Al


Release Date: 02/14/2006 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93159   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Charles KoechlinGabriel Fauré
Performer:  Juliane Banse
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony OrchestraStuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This is just incredibly beautiful, sensual music. Although billed as "vocal works with orchestra", conductor Heinz Holliger offers two orchestral works: the dreamy and mysterious nocturne Vers la Plage lointaine (Op. 43 No. 2), and the deliciously archaic but sophisticatedly scored Études antiques Op. 46. The concluding Chant funèbre à la mémoire des jeunes femmes défuntes Op. 37 also is a large tone poem for orchestra, organ, and chorus, in which the words are taken from the Requiem Mass and contribute atmosphere and texture more than any significant verbal meaning. This is a harrowing piece whose grinding harmonies and directness of expression at times
Read more seem miles away from the gauzy impressionism of much of Koechlin's other work.

Koechlin wrote a large number of songs, many of which he orchestrated. Most date from early in his career--between about 1890-1910--and it's clear from the size and richness of these settings that he was well on his way to outgrowing the simple song format. For example, the second of the Poèmes d'Automne Op. 13, "Les Rêves morts", is a dramatic concert aria, while "Le jeune Tarentine", the first of Deux Poèmes d'André Chénier, also is an extended setting, in this case for voice and chamber ensemble. Both pieces last more than eight minutes, and this tendency culminates in Le Sommeil de Canope Op. 31, from a set of six songs to poems by Albert Samain, a marvelous work lasting nearly a quarter of an hour.

Not all of these settings are oversized, however. Each of the Quatre Poèmes d'Edmond Haraucourt Op. 7 (the opening works in this two-disc set) are modest in length but exquisite in both orchestration and melody. The last two songs in particular, "Dame du ciel" and "Aux temps des Fées", would bring the house down in concert, and this cycle deserves to enter the repertoire forthwith. The same holds true for the Trois Mélodies Op. 17, only two of which are included here. It's nice to have Koechlin's orchestration of Fauré's Chanson de Mélisande, but his own work is so wonderful that I can only regret not hearing even more of it. Soprano Juliane Banse does a magnificent job encompassing the wide range of expression in this music, while Holliger and his orchestra deliver exceptionally well-recorded accompaniments that are fully up to the exalted standards of this superb series. A sampling of such extraordinary music can only whet the appetite for more--much more.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Poèmes (4) d'Haraucourt, Op. 7 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Juliane Banse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890-1895; France 
2. Symphonic Poems (2), Op. 43: Vers la lointaine by Charles Koechlin
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1898-1909; France 
3. Poèmes d'automne, Op. 13: no 1, Déclin d'amour by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Juliane Banse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; France 
4. Poèmes d'automne, Op. 13: no 2, Les rêves morts by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Juliane Banse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; France 
5. Poèmes (2) d’André Chénier, Op. 23: no 1, La jeune Tarentine by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Juliane Banse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900-1902; France 
6. Mélodies (3), Op. 17: no 2, La prière du mort by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Juliane Banse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895–1900; France 
7. Mélodies (3), Op. 17: no 3, Epiphanie by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Juliane Banse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895–1900; France 
8. Etudes (5) antiques, Op. 43: no 2, Soir au bord du lac by Charles Koechlin
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; France 
9. Etudes (5) antiques, Op. 43: no 3, Le cortège d’Amphitrite by Charles Koechlin
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; France 
10. Etudes (5) antiques, Op. 46: no 4, Epitaphe d’une jeune femme by Charles Koechlin
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; France 
11. Mélodies (6) sur des poesies d’Samain, Op. 31: no 1, Le sommeil de Canope by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Juliane Banse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1908; France 
12. Chant funèbre à la mémoire des jeunes femmes défuntes, Op. 37 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Juliane Banse (Soprano)
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1907; France 
13. Chanson de Melisande, Op. posthumous by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Notes: Orchestrated: Charles Koechlin 

Sound Samples

4 Poems d'Edmond Haraucourt, Op. 7: I. Clair de lune
4 Poems d'Edmond Haraucourt, Op. 7: II. Pleine Eau
4 Poems d'Edmond Haraucourt, Op. 7: III. Dame du ciel
4 Poems d'Edmond Haraucourt, Op. 7: IV. Aux Temps de Fees
2 Poemes symphoniques, Op. 43: 2 Poemes Symphoniques, Op. 43: II. Vers la Plage lointaine
Poemes d'automne, Op. 13: I. Declin d'amour
Poemes d'automne, Op. 13: II. Les reves morts
2 Poemes d'Andre Chenier, Op. 23: I. La jeune Tarentine
Chanson de Melisande (arr. by C. Koechlin): Chanson de Melisande (orch. by C. Koechlin)
3 Melodies, Op. 17: II. La Priere du mort
3 Melodies, Op. 17: III. Epiphanie
Etudes antiques, Op. 46: II. Soir au bord du lac
Etudes antiques, Op. 46: III. le Cortege d'Amphitrite
Etudes antiques, Op. 46: IV. Epitaphe d'une jeune femme
6 Melodies, Op. 31: I. Le Sommeil de Canope
Chant funebre a la memoire des jeunes femmes defuntes, Op. 37

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