Alice Coote: L'heure exquise

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Alfred Bachelet, Francis Poulenc, Reynaldo Hahn, Charles-François Gounod, Camille Saint-Saëns, (Amedée-)Ernest Chausson, Gabriel Fauré, (Alexis-)Emmanuel Chabrier, Charles (Louis Eugène) Koechlin, Erik Satie, Claude Debussy, Hector Berlioz

Genre:

Vocal

Label: Hyperion

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: CDA67962

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Chère nuit Alice Coote
Graham Johnson
Alfred Bachelet Composer
Banalités Graham Johnson
Francis Poulenc Composer
Alice Coote
(La) Grenouillère Graham Johnson
Alice Coote
Francis Poulenc Composer
Étoiles Reynaldo Hahn Composer
Alice Coote
Graham Johnson
Au printemps Graham Johnson
Charles-François Gounod Composer
Alice Coote
(Les) Chemins de l'amour Alice Coote
Francis Poulenc Composer
Graham Johnson
Soirée en mer Camille Saint-Saëns Composer
Graham Johnson
Alice Coote
(Le) Temps des lilas Alice Coote
Graham Johnson
(Amedée-)Ernest Chausson Composer
Fumée Graham Johnson
Alice Coote
Reynaldo Hahn Composer
Aimons-nous Camille Saint-Saëns Composer
Graham Johnson
Alice Coote
(3) Songs Graham Johnson
Gabriel Fauré Composer
Alice Coote
Toutes les fleurs Graham Johnson
(Alexis-)Emmanuel Chabrier Composer
Alice Coote
Calligrammes Francis Poulenc Composer
Alice Coote
Graham Johnson
(4) Songs Gabriel Fauré Composer
Graham Johnson
Alice Coote
Banalités Alice Coote
Francis Poulenc Composer
Graham Johnson
Sérénade Charles-François Gounod Composer
Alice Coote
Graham Johnson
(L')île heureuse (Alexis-)Emmanuel Chabrier Composer
Graham Johnson
Alice Coote
(4) Mélodies Graham Johnson
Alice Coote
Charles (Louis Eugène) Koechlin Composer
Je te veux Erik Satie Composer
Graham Johnson
Alice Coote
(3) Chansons de France Claude Debussy Composer
Graham Johnson
Alice Coote
(L') Heure exquise Alice Coote
Graham Johnson
Reynaldo Hahn Composer
(Les) Nuits d'été Hector Berlioz Composer
Alice Coote
Graham Johnson
(La) Chère blessure Reynaldo Hahn Composer
Graham Johnson
Alice Coote

Five of Poulenc's songs are included in Alice Coote’s recital, L’heure exquise. She begins with ‘Les chemins de l’amour’ and ends with ‘Voyage’, summoning up both the light-hearted and the inwardly reflective facets of Poulenc’s musical personality. The disc takes its title from Reynaldo Hahn’s ‘L’heure exquise’, a lovely, quietly floated song of love to which his scintillating, rapturous ‘Les étoiles’ provides a gorgeous counterpart. Ranging through Fauré, Gounod, Chabrier (‘L’île heureuse’), Chausson, Berlioz (‘Le spectre de la rose’), Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Koechlin and Satie, this is a beautifully formed recital shining different lights on a central theme. It is distinguished by Coote’s thorough absorption in the stylistic character of each song, conveying their individual sentiments and sensitivities with her rich, liquid mezzo and relishing the colouristic potential of the poetic texts. Graham Johnson’s piano accompaniments are, as ever, wonderfully apt and complementary to the voice. Given the disc’s title, the mot juste might simply be ‘exquisite’.

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