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Track(s) taken from CDA66323

La fuite

First line:
Au firmament sans étoile
author of text

Sarah Walker (mezzo-soprano), Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Recording details: August 1988
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: June 1989
Total duration: 3 minutes 13 seconds

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Clara Mouriz (mezzo-soprano), Marcus Farnsworth (baritone), Joseph Middleton (piano), The Myrthen Ensemble


'Roger Vignoles is a most sympathetic accompanist, and virtuosic where virtuosity is called for, and the whole set is at one with Duparc's own evaluation of these magnificent songs' (Gramophone)

'For a disc of all 17 of Duparc's melodies, the clear first choice is Sarah Walker and Thomas Allen' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Another impressive first for Hyperion. There are few singers in Britain today more at home in the French language, and both are well attuned to Duparc's subtle and refined musical world! (BBC Record Review)

'The Hyperion issue is as near an ideal Duparc record as could be' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)
Henri Duparc’s output is exiguous: no more than seventeen songs survive, but on them rests his reputation as one of the greatest composers in the history of the mélodie. They were composed between the ages of twenty and thirty-seven, after which he lived for another forty-eight years without publishing—and hardly writing—another note. Unlike Fauré, three years his senior, who by the age of twenty had already produced a fair corpus of juvenile songs, Duparc’s first mélodies, from ‘Chanson triste’ on, reveal his fully developed genius. La fuite (1871) sets a poem by Théophile Gautier and takes the form of a duet between Kadidja and Ahmed. The girl suggests to her lover that they should elope together, and when he proves faint-hearted, she assures him that her eyelashes will shade him from the sun and, if there’s no water along the route, they will drink the tears of her joy. There is also a setting by Bizet.

from notes by Richard Stokes © 2016

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