Un Frisson Francais
Released: Oct.14, 2008
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1. Bizet: Chanson d'avril
2. Franck: Nocturne
3. Lalo: Guitare Op. 17, No. 1
4. Gounod: Au Rossignol
5. Saint-Saens: Danse macabre, Op. 40
6. Chabrier: Les cigales
7. Paladilhe: Psyché
8. Chausson: Les papillons, Op. 2, No. 3
9. Bachelet: Chère nuit
10. Duparc: Au pays où se fait la guerre
11. Ravel: Le paon (Histoires naturelles)
12. Caplet: Le corbeau et le renard
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13. Roussel: Réponse d'une épouse sage, Op. 35, No. 2
14. Messiaen: La fiancée perdue
15. Debussy: Colloque sentimental (Fêtes galantes II)
16. Faure: Vocalise-Etude
17. Hahn: A Chloris
18. Satie: Le Chapelier
19. Honegger: Trois Chansons de la Petite Sirene
20. Canteloube: Brezairola
21. Rosenthal: La souris d'Angleterre
22. Poulenc: La Dame de Monte Carlo
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Undoubtedly an ONYX highlight for 2008 is the first recital disc for 5 years by the great American mezzo Susan Graham. Beloved by audiences the world over, this outstanding recording is sure to be much in demand worldwide.

The unique programme provides a celebration of French song in an unusual way – instead of groups of songs by several composers Susan has opted for a single song by 22 different composers from Bizet to Poulenc. This is the programme she and Malcolm Martineau her regular accompanist took on tour in the USA and Europe in 2007/2008. Reviews were unanimous “confirms Susan Graham as the ideal package she is” (Music Web) “resistance is futile” (New York Times); superb, exquisite (Chicago Tribune)

Susan Graham is particularly at home in French repertoire, one of the few non-French singers recognised by the French themselves when they made her a Commandeur dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Susan refutes the idea that all French vocal music sounds the same: “This programme has everything: loud, soft, high, low, fast, slow, romantic, acidic.”

Includes some surprises- Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre for example, known by everyone as a orchestral showpiece but in fact first written as a song, but hardly ever performed as such; and some favourites such as Hahn’s À Chloris and Canteloube’s Brezairola, but far more discoveries such as the gorgeous Psyché by Paladilhe and Bachelet’s ecstatic Chère Nuit.