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La Chanson d’Ève Op.95

Gabriel Fauré (b. 1845 - d. 1924)

Anna Reinhold

Anna Reinhold

Composer
Gabriel Fauré (b. 1845 - d. 1924)
Composition Year
1907-10
Work Movements
1. Paradis
2. Prima verba
3. Roses ardentes
4. Comme Dieu rayonne
5. L aube blanche
6. Eau vivante
7. Veilles-tu, ma senteur de soleil
8. Dans un parfum de roses blanche
9. Crepuscule
10. O mort
Artists
José Gallardo [piano], Anna Reinhold [mezzo]

Programme Note Writer:
© Ian Fox

The second Fauré song-cycle in the Festival this year is a rare treat, not often heard today. Charles van Lerberghe [1861-1907] was a Belgian writer and symbolist poet whose work was highly regarded in French artistic circles at the start of the 20th century. His reputation rests on two collections of poems, one of which La Chanson d’Ève attracted Fauré and he set ten of the  poems from it between 1906 and 1910.  Various songs had individual performances in the ensuing years, with the full set having its première at the newly-formed Société Musicale Indépendante on April 20th 1910, sung by Jeanne Eaunay with the composer accompanying. It was a landmark concert, including Ravel’s Ma mère l’oye and songs by Debussy.

Lerberghe’s poems reflect on an immense subject: the creation of the world. It is taken from Eve’s perspective, reflecting her wonderment at the world that has just been established. She tells us of the emergence of Paradise and then moves through various aspects of life and love, with poems on a wide range of subjects: the creation of sound, roses and water, dawn and twilight.   Both poet and composer bring a special magic to their words and notes as the first days of creation are evoked in beautifully floating, often ecstatic phrases.  It is a remarkable, large-scale work not often undertaken and this is a valuable occasion to hear it performed.

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La Chanson d’Ève Op.95

Composer: Gabriel Fauré (b. 1845 - d. 1924)
Performance date: Thursday 7th July 2016
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Gabriel Fauré (b. 1845 - d. 1924)
Work Title La Chanson d’Ève Op.95
Composition Year 1907-10
Work Movements 1. Paradis
2. Prima verba
3. Roses ardentes
4. Comme Dieu rayonne
5. L aube blanche
6. Eau vivante
7. Veilles-tu, ma senteur de soleil
8. Dans un parfum de roses blanche
9. Crepuscule
10. O mort
Artist(s) José Gallardo [piano], Anna Reinhold [mezzo]
Performance Date Thursday 7th July 2016
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Crespo Series
Duration 00:26:08
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Duo
Instrumentation Mezzo, pf
Programme Note Writer © Ian Fox

The second Fauré song-cycle in the Festival this year is a rare treat, not often heard today. Charles van Lerberghe [1861-1907] was a Belgian writer and symbolist poet whose work was highly regarded in French artistic circles at the start of the 20th century. His reputation rests on two collections of poems, one of which La Chanson d’Ève attracted Fauré and he set ten of the  poems from it between 1906 and 1910.  Various songs had individual performances in the ensuing years, with the full set having its première at the newly-formed Société Musicale Indépendante on April 20th 1910, sung by Jeanne Eaunay with the composer accompanying. It was a landmark concert, including Ravel’s Ma mère l’oye and songs by Debussy.

Lerberghe’s poems reflect on an immense subject: the creation of the world. It is taken from Eve’s perspective, reflecting her wonderment at the world that has just been established. She tells us of the emergence of Paradise and then moves through various aspects of life and love, with poems on a wide range of subjects: the creation of sound, roses and water, dawn and twilight.   Both poet and composer bring a special magic to their words and notes as the first days of creation are evoked in beautifully floating, often ecstatic phrases.  It is a remarkable, large-scale work not often undertaken and this is a valuable occasion to hear it performed.