Claude Debussy Ariettes oubliées
Maurice Ravel Mélodies grecques
Antonín Dvořák Gypsy Songs, op. 55, n°1, 4, 5
Franz Liszt Die drei Zigeuner
Isaac Albéniz Iberia (book 1) III. El Corpus Christi en Sevilla (piano solo)
Claude Debussy Mandoline
Manuel de Falla Spanish popular Suite (excerpts)
Johannes Brahms Zigeunerlieder, op. 103, n°1, 2, 7, 11 (excerpts)
At the turn of the 20th century, the great French composers used to dream of a nomadic life. With music providing their main escape route, Duparc, Debussy, Fauré and Ravel all began to engage with gypsy melodies and their seductive roving lifestyle. Soprano Chloé Briot and pianist Michalis Boliakis, two young musicians who have performed with the Académie du Festival d’Aix and were HSBC laureates in 2014, propose to take us on a musical journey where freedom and nonchalance are the order of the day!
Anna Stéphany (mezzo-soprano) — 2006 HSBC Laureate
Labyrinth Ensemble Hanna Weinmeister (violin) | Anahit Kurtikyan (violin) | Sebastian Eyb (viola) | Benjamin Nyffenegger (cello) | Pamela Stahel (flute) | Robert Pickup (clarinet) | Clément Noël (oboe) | Julie Palloc (harp) | Hans-Peter Achberger (percussion) | Sergi Sempere (percussion)
Anna Stéphany and the Labyrinth Ensemble take us on a trip to Auvergne, Sicily, Armenia and Azerbaijan thanks to Luciano Berio's Folk Songs, in Andalusia with the Psyche's Falla on a poem by Georges-Jean Aubry, and in the world of Jules Renard with the Natural Histories composed by Ravel.
Released in January 2018
© Alpha Classics / Outhere music
"Classical album of the week" by The Guardian, February 2018