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Anna Stephany & Labyrinth Ensemble – Berio, Ravel & Falla: Black Is the Colour (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Anna Stéphany & Labyrinth Ensemble – Berio, Ravel & Falla: Black Is the Colour (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:30 minutes | 955 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Alpha

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 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.

01. Folk Songs: Black Is the Colour
02. Folk Songs: I Wonder as I Wander
03. Folk Songs: Loosin yelav
04. Folk Songs: Rossignolet du bois
05. Folk Songs: A la femminisca
06. Folk Songs: La donna ideale
07. Folk Songs: Ballo
08. Folk Songs: Motettu de tristura
09. Folk Songs: Malurous qu’o uno fenno
10. Folk Songs: Lo fiolaire
11. Folk Songs: Azerbaijan Love Song
12. Introduction et Allegro in G-Flat Major, M. 46
13. Histoires naturelles, M. 50: I. Le paon en Fa Majeur
14. Histoires naturelles, M. 50: II. Le grillon en La Mineur
15. Histoires naturelles, M. 50: III. Le cygne en Si Majeur
16. Histoires naturelles, M. 50: IV. Le martin-pêcheur en Fa Dièse Majeur
17. Histoires naturelles, M. 50: VI. La pintade en Mi Majeur
18. Psyché

Anna Stéphany (mezzo)
Labyrinth Ensemble


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