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Label: Alpha

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

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  • Carl Loewe (1796-1869):
  • 1Lieder und Balladen: Ach neige, du Schmerzenreiche04:12
  • Robert Schumann (1810-1856):
  • 2Lieder und Gesänge aus "Wilhelm Meister", Op. 98a: Mignon "Kennst du das Land?"04:14
  • 3Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 127: Dein Angesicht02:13
  • 4Myrthen, Op. 25: Die Lotosblume01:45
  • Claude Debussy (1862-1918):
  • 5Fêtes Galantes I, CD 86: I. En sourdine02:47
  • 6Fêtes Galantes I, CD 86: II. Fantoches01:25
  • 7Fêtes Galantes I, CD 86: III. Clair de lune02:44
  • Hugo Wolf (1860-1903):
  • 8Verschwiegene Liebe02:29
  • 9Nixe Binsefuss02:20
  • 10Das verlassene Mägdlein02:54
  • 11Lied vom Winde02:45
  • Ivor Gurney (1890-1937):
  • 125 Elizabethan Songs: IV. Sleep03:08
  • Robert Baksa (1938- ):
  • 13Heart! We Will Forget Him03:09
  • Francis Poulenc (1899-1963):
  • 14Banalités, FP 107: I. Chanson d’Orkenise01:27
  • 15Banalités, FP 107: II. Hôtel01:38
  • 16Banalités, FP 107: III. Fagnes de Wallonie01:27
  • 17Banalités, FP 107: IV. Voyage à Paris00:58
  • 18Banalités, FP 107: V. Sanglots04:18
  • Samuel Barber (1910-1981):
  • 19Despite and Still, Op. 41: IV. Solitary Hotel02:37
  • Francis Poulenc:
  • 20Métamorphoses, FP 121: C’est ainsi que tu es02:29
  • André Previn (1929- ):
  • 21Three Dickinson Songs: As Imperceptibly as Grief03:13
  • 22Three Dickinson Songs: Will There Really Be a Morning?01:31
  • 23Three Dickinson Songs: Good Morning Midnight02:46
  • Total Runtime58:29

Info for Chimère

Nachdem Sandrine Piau schon auf diversen Alpha Classics Produktionen in Erscheinung getreten ist (insbesondere als hervorragende Alcina auf der DVD unter der Leitung von Christophe Rousset und inszeniert in La Monnaie von Pierre Audi), schließt sie sich nun dem Label für einige Solo-Produktionen an.

Mit Chimère lädt sie uns zu einer Reise in das intime und unendliche Territorium der Träume ein. ‚Chimära: eine illusorische, unbefriedigte Suche, der Friedhof unserer Illusionen.‘ Sie und ihre langjährige Partnerin, die Pianistin Susan Manoff, haben ein Programm zusammengestellt, das deutsches Lied (Hugo Wolf, eines aus Schumanns Mignon-Liedern, eine Szene aus Goethes Faust von Carl Loewe), Mélodies von Debussy und Poulenc (Banalités) und Art Songs von Barber mit Entdeckungen von selten gehörten Komponisten wie Ivor Gurney und die Dickinson-Lieder von André Previn kombiniert.

Egal ob in Französisch, Deutsch oder Englisch – Sandrine Piau ist gesanglich in vielen Sprachen zu Hause und auf dem Höhepunkt ihres künstlerischen Schaffens. ‚Fantoches, Claire de Lune, Solitary Hotel, Will there be a morning?’ - auf dieser einzigartigen poetischen Route, auf der Suche nach Träumen? ‚Das Land der Chimären ist das einzige Land, in dem es sich zu leben lohnt.‘ (Jean-Jaques Rousseau)

Sandrine Piau, Sopran
Susan Manoff, Klavier

Sandrine Piau
A renowned figure in the world of Baroque music, French soprano Sandrine Piau regularly performs with celebrated conductors such as William Christie, Philippe Herreweghe, Christophe Rousset, Gustav Lleonhardt, Ivor Bolton, Ton Koopman, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Ms. Piau embraces both lyric and Baroque repertoires. The roles she has recently performed include Alcina at la Monnaie and in Amsterdam, Dalinda (Ariodante) and Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at the Festival d’Aix en Provence, Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) at the Opéra de Paris, Mélisande in Nice and at la Monnaie, Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Constance (Le Dialogue des Carmélites), Pamina (Die Zauberflôte) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; the title role of L’Incoronazione di Poppea in Cologne; Sandrina in a new production of La Finta Giardiniera at La Monnaie, Ismène (Mitridate, Re di Ponto) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Sophie in Massenet’s Werther at both the Capitole de Toulouse and the Théâtre du Châtelet.

Sandrine Piau regularly appears in concert. In recent years she has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Covent Garden Festival, Musikverein, Paris’ Salle Pleyel, Festival de Saint Denis, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Teatro Communale in both Florence and Bologna and with the world’s most prestigious orchestras including Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Piau takes great pleasure in the art of recital. As a singer of both French and German repertoire, she has performed with many renowned accompanists including Jos van Immerseel, Roger Vignoles and Corine Durous. She has a privileged relationship with pianist Susan Manoff with whom she recently made recital tours in the USA, in Europe, and in Japan.

Recent season highlights included Ariodante in Amsterdam and her return to the Festival d’Aix en Provence for a new production of Cosi fan tutte, directed by Christophe Honoré. This production went on to appear at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and at the Edinburgh Festival. Ms. Piau records exclusively for Alpha Classics. Her 16/17 season was marked by concerts in Paris, Brussels, Munich, Hamburg (for the opening of the Elbphilharmonie), a recital tour in the United States and her return at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in Ariodante.

Future engagements include, among others, concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, as well as her return to La Monnaie for Dialogues des Carmélites.

Her latest disc “Mozart, Desperate Heroines” recorded with Ivor Bolton and the Mozarteum Orchestra was critically acclaimed. Sandrine Piau was given the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 2006 and was named “Lyrical Artist of the Year” at the Victoires de la Musique Classique award ceremony in 2009.

Susan Manoff
was born in New York of Latvian and German descent. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music and at the University of Oregon. Intensive studies with Gwendoline Koldofsky in the art song repertoire led her to become one of the most sought-after pianists of her generation.

In addition to her interest in the vocal repertoire, Susan Manoff is a passionate advocate of chamber music. She performs regularly at international festivals and is invited by major concert halls around the world such as Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Gaveau, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein. Susan Manoff is a regular guest of France Musique. Musical curiosity and love for theatre have inspired Susan Manoff’s involvement in the creation of numerous programmes blending music and text.

Her partners have been Jean Rochefort, Fabrice Luchini and Marie-Christine Barrault and she has been directed by Hans Jürgen Syberberg and Joël Jouanneau.

Susan Manoff has recorded for the labels Naïve, Decca, Virgin, Arion, Valois and Aparte. In 2007 she recorded her first CD with Sandrine Piau, entitled 'Evocation’, and a second recording, 'Après un Rêve', was released in March 2011 (Naïve.) Susan Manoff’s recent recording with long term musical partner Nemanja Radulovic is dedicated to the violin and piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven (Decca, 2010. Her latest album, "La Belle Excentrique" with soprano Patricia Petibon, will be released in autumn of 2014 (Deutsche Grammophon).

Susan Manoff was assistant chorus director at the Bastille Opera and is presently a professor at the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris. In 2011, she was named Chevalier des Arts et Des Lettres by the Cultural Ministry of France.

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