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Debussy, Ravel, Faure, Szulc, Hahn, Poldowski, Chausson

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 18 February 2013

Live from the Wigmore Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

The golden age of French song: Ailish Tynan, soprano & Yann Beuron, tenor, join pianist Graham Johnson at the Wigmore Hall.

Fetes Galantes:

Debussy: Clair de lune (1st version)
Ravel: Sur l'herbe
Fauré: Mandoline No. 1 from 'Cinq mélodies de Venise' Op. 58
Szulc: Clair de lune
Dupont: Mandoline
Fauré: Clair de lune Op. 46 No. 2

'Des Feuilles Et Des Branches':

Hahn: En sourdine No. 4 from 'Chansons grises'
Fauré: Green No. 3 from 'Cinq mélodies de Venise' Op. 58
Poldowski: L'Heure exquise
Hahn: Offrande
Fauré: En sourdine No. 2 from 'Cinq mélodies de Venise' Op. 58
Chausson: Apaisement Op. 13 No. 1
Massenet: Rêvons, c'est l'heure

Ailish Tynan, soprano
Yann Beuron, tenor
Graham Johnson, piano

In this concert, the second in Graham Johnson's French Song Series at the Wigmore, the pursuits of the idle rich, so ardently cultivated by French aristocrats in the decades before the Revolution, are charted in song. Included are some from Debussy's youthful first book of Fêtes galantes, erotically charged settings of verse by Paul Verlaine, whose years in England, chiefly spent as a school-teacher in Lincolnshire, were prefaced by a spell in prison following his drunken attempt to shoot fellow author and libertine Arthur Rimbaud!


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