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Six Fables de La Fontaine

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Each of Lecock’s collection of Six Fables de La Fontaine was dedicated to a different singer at the Opéra-Comique. This music is characterized by a sophisticated writing for keyboard (particularly in the passagework of La chauve-souris et les deux belettes) that is lacking in the rather laboured and extended Offenbach settings of La Fontaine songs. The wit and concision of Lecocq’s mélodies, perfectly suited to the pithy texts, make us regret that more of Lecocq’s settings for voice and piano are not in the repertoire. The seventeenth-century fabulist has been the source of much music, including Poulenc’s ballet Les animaux modèles; of the many nineteenth-century settings of La Fontaine those of Lecocq are among the few to have survived more sophisticated twentieth-century comparison (Caplet, Delage, Françaix).

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006
English: Richard Stokes

Recordings

L'invitation au voyage – Mélodies from La belle époque
CDA67523

Details

No ?: La chauve-souris et les deux belettes  Une chauve-souris donna tête baissée
Track 6 on CDA67523 [3'16]
No 2: La cigale et la fourmi  La cigale, ayant chanté
Track 5 on CDA67523 [1'45]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67523 track 5

No 2: La cigale et la fourmi
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-06-52305
Duration
1'45
Recording date
4 August 2004
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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