18 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Love in all its facets—loneliness, desire, seduction, intimacy and recollection—is explored on this sublime album that relives the golden age of the 19th-century French orchestral song. Sandrine Piau’s beautifully expressive, warm soprano voice and the subtle colours of Le Concert de la Loge’s period instruments breathe glorious life into these perfumed miniatures by French composing giants Saint-Säens, Berlioz and Massenet, plus a handful of forgotten talents. In fact, it’s these neglected composers who unexpectedly provide the most delightful moments, with Dubois’ yearning “Si j’ai parlé… Si j’ai aimé”, Vierne’s fluttering “Beaux papillons blancs” and Guilmant’s magical “Ce que dit le silence” immersing us deep within this heady musical world.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Love in all its facets—loneliness, desire, seduction, intimacy and recollection—is explored on this sublime album that relives the golden age of the 19th-century French orchestral song. Sandrine Piau’s beautifully expressive, warm soprano voice and the subtle colours of Le Concert de la Loge’s period instruments breathe glorious life into these perfumed miniatures by French composing giants Saint-Säens, Berlioz and Massenet, plus a handful of forgotten talents. In fact, it’s these neglected composers who unexpectedly provide the most delightful moments, with Dubois’ yearning “Si j’ai parlé… Si j’ai aimé”, Vierne’s fluttering “Beaux papillons blancs” and Guilmant’s magical “Ce que dit le silence” immersing us deep within this heady musical world.

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