Karina Gauvin / Marc-André Hamelin

Fête galante

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Fête Galante, a 1999 release featuring soprano Karina Gauvin and pianist Marc-André Hamelin, won numerous awards, and the outstanding performances on this 2011 reissue confirm how well-deserved those honors were. Gauvin has an exceptional voice -- clarion-bright, warm, confident, and agile, with a variegated palette of colors -- and her effortlessly incisive interpretive skills give depth and life to everything she sings. The distinctiveness and character she brings to these songs show a terrific grasp of the genre of the mélodie, from the late 19th century songs by Fauré and the young Debussy to the mid-20th works by Poulenc, Honegger, and Émile Vuillermoz. The CD demonstrates her range with the zany comedy of Poulenc's "Paganini" followed immediately by the intensely poignant multi-layered sadness of the composer's profound "C." Throughout, Gauvin's tone is ravishingly pure and she soars gloriously in the more lyrical songs. Marc-André Hamelin is better known as a virtuoso soloist than as an accompanist, and it's a testimony to Gauvin's artistry to have him involved in the recording; he brings a first-class sensibility to his accompanying role, making the piano parts sparkle with individuality. The CD has the added value of being an intriguing survey of over 50 years of the heyday of French language song. Atma's sound is immaculate: clean, natural, and warmly present. Highly recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:46
2 3:16
3 2:20
4 3:31
Cinq mélodies populaires grecques
5 1:36
6 1:47
7 0:58
8 3:16
9 1:00
Fêtes galantes
10 3:09
11 1:16
12 3:01
Trois chansons de Bilitis
13 2:57
14 3:15
15 2:49
Métamorphoses
16 1:02
17 2:21
18 1:08
Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon
19
C
3:11
20 0:52
Trois poèmes de Louise Lalanne
21 0:51
22 0:38
23 2:14
Saluste du Bartas
24 1:14
25 1:35
26 1:00
27 1:45
28 0:46
29
Duo
2:20
Chansons populaires françaises et canadiennes
30 1:07
31 2:59
32 4:16
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