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Black is The Colour / Stephany, Labyrinth Ensemble


Release Date: 01/12/2018 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 384  
Composer:  Luciano BerioMaurice RavelManuel de Falla
Performer:  Anna Stéphany
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labyrinth Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alpha continues its collaboration with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and its Academy, which will celebrate its twentieth anniversary in 2018. We invite you to discover artists of great talent who take us on a trip to Auvergne, Sicily, Armenia and Azerbaijan thanks to Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs, to Andalusia with Falla’s Psyché on a poem of Georges-Jean Aubry, and to the world of Jules Renard with Ravel’s Histoires naturelles. The last-named are recorded in a version for chamber ensemble: ‘Since Ravel gave Manuel Rosenthal to make an arrangement for large orchestra which we found rather overblown, we set out to find a “chasseur d’images” (to quote the title of one of Renard’s Histoires naturelles poems) who could transcribe the work Read more without losing its intimate, delicate aspect. . . . We hope you will be as charmed as we are by Arthur Lavandier’s work, which beautifully conveys the immensely refined timbres and nuances of Ravel’, says the oboist Clément Noël, a member of the Swiss Ensemble Labyrinth. Anna Stéphany is a true revelation, performing this programme with the technique, the sensuality and the emotional impact that earned her a huge triumph in Mozart at last summer’s Glyndebourne Festival. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Folk Songs for Mezzo Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Viola, Cello, Harp and Percussion by Luciano Berio
Performer:  Anna Stéphany (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labyrinth Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964/1973 
2.
Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labyrinth Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
3.
Histoires naturelles by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Anna Stéphany (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labyrinth Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; France 
4.
Psyché by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Anna Stéphany (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labyrinth Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Spain 

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