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Track(s) taken from CDA66976


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Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: May 1997
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: February 1998
Total duration: 3 minutes 3 seconds


'A most attractive addition to the song library, finely recorded and invaluably well documented' (Gramophone)

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'Merci, madame Murray, d'avoir interprété ces purs joyaux avec un rare talent de comédienne, déclamant la douleur, éveillant les sortilèges, chuchotant les secrets' (Telerama)

'Une joya' (CD Compact, Spain)
Here Bizet amuses himself with writing another piece in the old style. It is neither the suave and courtly evocation of Vieille chanson, nor the sixteenth-century air de cour of Sonnet. Rather it is a deliberately rustic musette in the style of the hurdy-gurdy music which was fashionable when Marie-Antoinette played at being a shepherdess in the twilight of the ancien régime. Alternations between minor and major keys are the order of the day, with the stylized interchanges between the shepherdess and her Colin yielding to a surprising (and correspondingly virtuosic) willingness to surrender in the last strophe. The piano ritornello suggests an oboe accompanied by strings. Noske finds this summons up a feeling for Provence, no doubt because the music is reminiscent of the F sharp minor chorus in L’Arlésienne. Unlike Le matin (published in the first recueil and entirely modelled on this chorus), Pastorale is in fact an original song and, despite its modest musical means, one of Bizet’s most charming mélodies.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1998

Bizet s’amuse maintenant à écrire une autre pièce dans le style ancien. Ce n’est ni l’évocation suave et courtoise de la Vieille chanson, ni l’air de cour (XVIe siècle ) du Sonnet, mais plutôt une musette délibérément rustique, dans le style de la musique pour vielle, à la mode lorsque Marie-Antoinette jouait à la bergère, au crépuscule de l’Ancien régime. Les alternances entre les tonalités mineure et majeure sont de mise, les échanges stylisés entre la bergère et son Colin cédant au profit d’un enthousiasme surprenant (et tout aussi virtuose) pour capituler dans la dernière strophe. Le ritornello pianistique évoque un hautbois accompagné de cordes.

extrait des notes rédigées par Graham Johnson © 1998
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