Une soirée chez Berlioz

Une soirée chez Berlioz

Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Tanguy de Williencourt, Thibaut Roussel

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Tracklist

  • Plaisir d'amour

    Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Tanguy de Williencourt

    3:00

  • Lélu
  • Viens, aurore

    Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Thibaut Roussel

    2:01

  • Vous qui loin d'une amante

    Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Thibaut Roussel

    2:21

  • La Captive

    Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Bruno Philippe, Tanguy de Williencourt

    3:41

  • Zani de Ferranti
  • Six Mélodies nocturnes originales: VI. Les Regrets

    Thibaut Roussel

    1:37

  • Nicolas Dalayrac
  • Gulnare ou L'esclave persanne: Rien, tendre amour, ne résite à tes armes

    Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Thibaut Roussel

    2:43

  • Philippe et Georgette: Ô ! ma Georgette

    Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Thibaut Roussel

    2:00

  • D. Della Maria
  • L'Opéra comique: Ah ! pour l'amant le plus discret

    Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Thibaut Roussel

    3:12

  • L'Idée fixe, LW. A16b

    Tanguy de Williencourt

    5:50

  • Fleurs des Landes, Op. 13, H. 124: Le Jeune Pâtre breton, H. 65C

    Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Tanguy de Williencourt, Lionel Renoux

    3:31

  • Zani de Ferranti
  • Six Mélodies nocturnes originales: Le Désir. Variation

    Thibaut Roussel

    2:49

  • Fleuve du Tage, H. 5

    Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Thibaut Roussel

    2:43

  • D. Della Maria
  • L'Opéra comique: Que d'établissements nouveaux

    Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Thibaut Roussel

    1:35

  • J. Meissonnier
  • Le Sentiment d'amour

    Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Thibaut Roussel

    1:56

  • La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111: Danse des Sylphes, LW. A205 (transcribed for piano by Franz Liszt)

    Tanguy de Williencourt

    4:16

  • Neuf mélodies irlandaises, Op. 2, H. 38: Élégie en prose H. 47

    Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Tanguy de Williencourt

    4:04

  • J. Meissonnier
  • Quatrième Rondo

    Thibaut Roussel

    2:45

  • C. Plantade
  • Bocage que l'aurore

    Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Thibaut Roussel

    2:26

  • Nicolas Dalayrac
  • Nina ou La Folle par amour: Romance de Nina: "Quand le bien-aimé reviendra" (transcribed for voice, guitar and harp by Thibaut Roussel and Caroline Lieby)

    Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Thibaut Roussel, Caroline Lieby

    2:20

  • Harold en Italie, Op. 16, H. 68: Marche des Pèlerins, LW. A29 (transcribed for piano by Franz Liszt)

    Tanguy de Williencourt

    9:33

  • Total playing time

    1:04:32

Album review

“Berlioz is not the first name that comes to mind when the topic of historical performance is mentioned, but here is a delightful group of short pieces presented as "une soirée chez Berlioz" and played on instruments of his time. Mostly they are songs, accompanied on piano or, more unusually guitar, and the fascinating thing is that the guitar was Berlioz's own. He even signed it when he donated it to the Conservatoire in Paris. The album is worth hearing just for the quiet, measured voice of the guitar alone, in the hands of Thibaut Roussel. The piano is a Pleyel instrument of 1842, both gentle and agile. The entire album never rises above true chamber dynamics, and pianist Tanguy de Williencourt adjusts his sound to this level as well. (Berlioz specialist and mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d'Oustrac if anything dominates her accompanists a bit too much.) The album is not just a vaguely conceptual soirée but a set of pieces that Berlioz himself, for personal or professional reasons, might have liked (the inclusion of Liszt's little piano piece L'idée fixe is especially interesting here), and played for guests. The program includes pieces by Berlioz and Liszt, but also by French composers from the generation before Berlioz: perhaps semi-popular musicians who are all but unknown today, like Nicolas Dalayrac, Jean-Antoine Meissonnier, and the mysterious single-named Lélu. Anyone with an interest in Berlioz or French music of the first half of the 19th century more generally will find these a must. There is also a great little song by the 16-year-old Berlioz, for voice and guitar. Harmonia Mundi engineers rose to a difficult task here, and listeners who immerse themselves in the quiet will find an entrancing experience.”

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    Released

    22 November 2019

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