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Rencontres - Melodies Francaises

CDS 583

Carlo Colombara

Rencontres

Mélodies Françaises, by Faure, Hahn, Gounod, Duparc, Poulenc, Ibert and Ravel

Carlo Colombara, bass
Rani Calderon, piano


This CD presents a collection of French art songs - mélodies - covering a wide range of emotional and stylistic content from Fauré to Ibert.

The French declamatory style emphasizes the text rather than the melody, but it is the piano part where the beauty of the music can shine through, both in the rich textures employed and in the special harmonies. This is particularly evident in the songs by Henri Duparc. The three songs by Ravel were his last works.

Carlo Colombara has been a regular guest at the leading opera houses in Italy and abroad. He has worked with the most renowned conductors, such as Sir Colin Davis, Carlo Maria Giulini, Vladimir Jurowski, Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli and Sir Georg Solti.

Critics in Italy and abroad have praised his stylistic versatility and the dark timbre and the colourful diversity of Colombara\'s voice makes him one of the most sought-after basses of our time.

"The other find of the evening was Carlo Colombara, a bass making his New York debut as Mocenigo. Mr. Colombara\'s sound is deep and rounded, and he projected Mocenigo\'s malign character powerfully but without forcing it." New York Times


Track List:

FAURÉ
Automne Op. 18 No. 3
Poème d\'un jour Op. 112 - Rencontre; Toujours; Adieu
Chanson du pêcheur Op. 4 No.1
Les berceaux Op. 23 No.1

HAHN
L\'heure exquise - from Chansons grises

GOUNOD
L\'absent

DUPARC
L\'invitation au voyage
Le manoir de Rosamonde
La vie antérieure
Phidylé

POULENC

Voyage
La grenouillière Op. 5

IBERT
4 Chansons de Don Quichotte

RAVEL
Don Quichotte à Dulcinée - Chanson romanesque; Chanson epique, Chanson a boire

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