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Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer & Symphonie, Op. 20

Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer & Symphonie, Op. 20

Cover ALPHA441
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Classical
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ALPHA441
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  • Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: I. La fleur des eaux
    Composer(s) Ernest Chausson
    Artist(s) Alexandre Bloch Véronique Gens Orchestre National de Lille

    Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: I. La fleur des eaux

    10:02
    $7.20
  • Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: Interlude
    Composer(s) Ernest Chausson
    Artist(s) Alexandre Bloch Véronique Gens Orchestre National de Lille

    Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: Interlude

    02:17
    $2.40
  • Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: II. La mort de l'amour
    Composer(s) Ernest Chausson
    Artist(s) Alexandre Bloch Véronique Gens Orchestre National de Lille

    Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: II. La mort de l'amour

    11:56
    $7.20
  • Symphonie en Si Bémol Majeur, Op. 20: I. Lent - Allegro vivo
    Composer(s) Ernest Chausson
    Artist(s) Alexandre Bloch Orchestre National de Lille

    Symphonie en Si Bémol Majeur, Op. 20: I. Lent - Allegro vivo

    12:33
    $7.20
  • Symphonie en si bémol majeur, Op. 20: II. Très lent
    Composer(s) Ernest Chausson
    Artist(s) Alexandre Bloch Orchestre National de Lille

    Symphonie en si bémol majeur, Op. 20: II. Très lent

    08:56
    $4.80
  • Symphonie en si bémol majeur, Op. 20: III. Animé
    Composer(s) Ernest Chausson
    Artist(s) Alexandre Bloch Orchestre National de Lille

    Symphonie en si bémol majeur, Op. 20: III. Animé

    14:19
    $7.20

Total running time: 60 minutes.

Album information

Ernest Chausson's Poème de l’amour et de la mer is a unique score for the period and certainly his greatest work; it's performed here by Véronique Gens. The Guardian named it one of the Classical Albums of the Year in 2019.

Chausson is a most unusual figure in French music, positioned at the crossroads where the romanticism of Berlioz and Franck meet the language of Wagner and the symbolism of the young Debussy. Poème de l’amour et de la mer is simultaneously a profane, naturistic cantata, a monologue, and a song cycle, it was composed between 1882 and 1892.

Véronique Gens is recording this cycle for the first time, although she has already recorded ‘Le temps des lilas’ with Susan Manoff at the piano for her disc Néère (ALPHA 215), about which Ernst Van Bek wrote in Classiquenews: "it mesmerises with the nuancing of its colours, the allusive precision of every sung word".

Véronique Gens’ talent is equally on display in this recording too, with the Orchestre National de Lille – an orchestra she already knows well – under Alexandre Bloch, its new chief conductor, whose appointment and first concerts and recordings have already caused a sensation… The Symphony in B flat major completes this programme: a summit of French symphonic writing, for some a milestone as important as the Symphony in D of Chausson’s teacher César Franck!