Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.

Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

Click cover art to view larger version
Track(s) taken from CDA66320

Le papillon et la fleur, Op 1 No 1

First line:
La pauvre fleur disait au papillon céleste
composer
1861
author of text

Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (piano)
Recording details: August 1988
Seldon Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's School, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1989
Total duration: 2 minutes 11 seconds
 
1

Other recordings available for download

Jennifer Smith (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)

Reviews

'This varied and generous selection of 28 songs is perhaps the best general introduction to this important side of Fauré's output and is also one of Geoffrey Parsons's finest recordings: voice and piano seem always to be at one. A magical disc' (BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)

'Deeply considered and deeply moving performances' (BBC Record Review)

'A performance to treasure' (Opera Now)
Fauré begins his song-writing career with a pianistic carte de visite. A ritornello is launched with élan (one ascending C major scale, then another – a musical commonplace adapted for lepidopteran acrobatics) followed by sequences that spiral downwards in waltz rhythm. The song is usually chattered in a fast tempo (and in a bright D major transposition) that emphasizes its glittering superficiality. In the lower, original, key there is room for a touch of sadness and vulnerability; we can see a lovesick teenager rooted to the spot and not yet able to quench the thirsts of adolescence. The cover of the autograph (where the composer takes more pains in the penmanship of the title, La fleur et le papillon, than in the setting’s prosody) contains an amusing sketch of a flower with tiny arms looking up to a hovering butterfly wearing a crown. This was drawn by Saint-Saëns, Fauré’s teacher at the École Niedermeyer, who was clearly bemused by his pupil’s achievement. The poem, No XXVII in Hugo’s Chants du crépuscule has no title in the first edition. Perhaps the composer knew the text from Henri Reber’s modest setting of 1847.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2005

C’est avec cette carte de visite pianistique que Fauré débute sa carrière de mélodiste. Un ritornello, lancé avec élan (une gamme d’ut majeur ascendante, puis une autre—un lieu commun musical adapté aux acrobaties des lépidoptères), précède des séquences descendant en spirale, dans un rythme de valse. La mélodie est globalement babillée dans un tempo rapide (et dans une éclatante transposition en ré majeur), qui accuse sa scintillante superfacialité. Plus basse, la tonalité originale est davantage délicate et autorise un soupçon de tristesse, de vulnérabilité ; on imagine un adolescent malade d’amour, cloué sur place, encore incapable d’étancher les soifs de son âge. La couverture du manuscrit autographe (où le compositeur s’attache plus à la calligraphie du titre, La fleur et le papillon, qu’à la prosodie de la mise en musique) présente une amusante esquisse de fleur avec des bras minuscules, qui regarde un papillon couronné voleter au-dessus d’elle. Ce dessin est de Saint-Saëns, professeur de Fauré à l’École Niedermeyer, qui fut manifestement déconcerté par la réalisation de son élève. Le poème (le no XXVII des Chants du crépuscule de Hugo) est sans titre dans l’édition princeps. Peut-être Fauré le découvrit-il grâce à la modeste mise en musique d’Henri Reber (1847).

extrait des notes rédigées par Graham Johnson © 2005
Français: Hypérion

Other albums featuring this work

Fauré: The Complete Songs, Vol. 4 – Dans un parfum de roses
CDA67336
Waiting for content to load...
Waiting for content to load...
Search

There are no matching records. Please try again.