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Chants d'Auvergne, Vol. 2 Naxos 8.570338

Composer: Joseph Canteloube

Conductor: Serge Baudo

Orchestra: Lille National Orchestra

Artist: Veronique Gens

Since his death in 1957, Canteloube has become widely known for his many
folk-song arrangements, particularly the enchanting Chants
d'Auvergne. This second Canteloube disc featuring Véronique Gens,
herself native to the Auvergne region, completes the Naxos cycle of the complete
Chants d'Auvergne accompanied by full orchestra. It also includes two
rarely performed works: excerpts from Chants de France, another
anthology of folk-songs subsequently harmonised and orchestrated, and the
Triptyque, three exquisite settings worthy of being ranked alongside
the greatest songs by Chausson and Ravel.

Chants d'Auvergne, Vol. 2 Review

Soprano Véronique Gens and conductor Serge Baudo are ideally paired in
this CD of selections from Canteloube's folk song arrangements, Chants
d'Auvergne and Chants de France, as well as his original composition Triptyque.
Both performers bring an innately Gallic sensibility to the songs - a strong
sense of lyricism; a predilection for warm, lush tone; and rhythmic suppleness.
It's their ability to sustain this rhythmic freedom and fluidity without ever
letting the energy slacken, their ability to breathe together, that's perhaps
the most striking element of their collaboration. This repertoire sits perfectly
for Gens' pure, radiant, and totally secure voice; she floats over
Canteloube's richly evocative orchestrations. The songs of Chants d'Auvergne
never cease

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