Jolivet: Complete Songs

Composer André Jolivet
Artist Sophie Marilley mezzo soprano
René Perler bariton
Christian Immler baritone
Filippo Farinelli piano
Format 2 CD, CD-ROM
Cat. number 9220
EAN code 5029365922029
Release May 2011

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About this release

20th Century French composer André Jolivet was known for his devotion to French culture and this can be clearly seen in his fine mélodies, or French art songs, which combine all the qualities of rich melody and sensitivity to text that are essential requirements for this form. This is the first complete recording of Jolivet’s edited Mélodies for solo voice and piano.

Jolivet’s Mélodies were composed over almost a quarter of a century (1928-1951) and they cover many different styles and moods, from easy songs inspired by folk tunes to more complex and sophisticated works, some intimate and intense, some humorous or sarcastic. The huge variety he displays reflects his diverse inspiration, from medieval and classical forms to the atonal music of Schoenberg and Berg, as well as Debussy, Fauré and particularly his teacher, the iconoclast Edgard Varèse.

Jolivet draws most of his text from French poets through the ages, but some he wrote himself. The Deux poésies de Francis Jammes tell of a heart-breaking love story, where Jolivet transforms intimate sorrow into a bare, chromatic language. By contrast the lively Chewing Gum sparkles with jazz flavour and La mule de Lord Bolingbroke is also a delightful and bubbly work. Other themes are comments on social issues. His tragic experience as a front-line solider inspired Les Trois complaints du soldat, perhaps Jolivet’s best-known song cycle, featuring early music forms and a simplicity typical of his war-time compostions. One of Jolivet’s most successful cycles, Jardins d’hiver follows the changing moods of a love affair from joy and tenderness in the beginning to disillusionment, bitterness and finally acceptance. As an hommage to Jolivet’s muse, the collection is completed with Varèse’s La grand sommeil noir.

The Mélodies are performed by Sophie Marilley, mezzo-soprano, René Perler, baritone, Christian Immler, baritone and accompanied by the pianist Filippo Farinelli.

About the artist:
Since 2006/07 Sophie Marilley has been appearing as a soloist in the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper, performing roles such as Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro). At the same time, she was a guest at the Teatro Sao Carlo in Lisbon (Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito) and at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro). From 2011/12 on, she will be joining the ensemble of the Staatsoper Stuttgart, starting with roles such as Ruggiero (Alcina), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Junon (Platée). She will also get back to the Monnaie for a new production of Massenet's Cendrillon (le Prince).

Also available:
• 9009 Zemlinsky: Lieder, 2CD
• 9154 Walter: Lieder Gesamtausgabe, 1CD
• 8531 Rachmaninov: Complete Songs, 3CD

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Deux poésies de Francis Jammes (1928): I. Ne me console pas
  2. Deux poésies de Francis Jammes (1928): II. Vous m’avez regardé
  3. Chewing-gum (1928)
  4. Faux Rayon (1928)
  5. Rondel “Au retour de dure prison” (1929)
  6. La Mule de Lord Bolingbroke (1930)
  7. Prière des treize hommes dans la mine (1931)
  8. Quatre mélodies sur des poesies anciennes (1931): I. Couplet berrichon
  9. Quatre mélodies sur des poesies anciennes (1931): II. Lay ou plutost rondeau “Mort, j’appelle de ta rigueur”
  10. Quatre mélodies sur des poesies anciennes (1931): III. Rondel “Tu te brusles à la chandelle”
  11. Quatre mélodies sur des poesies anciennes (1931): IV. Paroles de Marie à son fils
  12. Le Chant des regrets (1935)
  13. Romantiques (1935): I. La Vie est plate
  14. Romantiques (1935): II. Marche funèbre
  15. Romantiques (1935): III. Voyage imaginaire
  16. Jeu du camp fou (1937)
  17. Les Trois Complaintes du soldat (1940): I. La Complainte du soldat vaincu
  18. Les Trois Complaintes du soldat (1940): II. La Complainte du pont de Gien
  19. Les Trois Complaintes du soldat (1940): III. La Complainte à Dieu

Disk 2

  1. Trois Chansons de Ménestrel (1943): I. Chanson du coeur dolent
  2. Trois Chansons de Ménestrel (1943): II. Lamento de Jésus-Christ
  3. Trois Chansons de Ménestrel (1943): III. Amour me nuit
  4. Poèmes intimes (1944): I. Amour
  5. Poèmes intimes (1944): II. Je veux te voir
  6. Poèmes intimes (1944): III. Nous baignons dans une eau tranquille
  7. Poèmes intimes (1944): IV. Tu dors
  8. Poèmes intimes (1944): V. Pour te parler
  9. Trois Poèmes galants (1951): I. Sonnet à une lunaticque
  10. Trois Poèmes galants (1951): II. Épître imprécatoire
  11. Trois Poèmes galants (1951): III. Sonnet à Madeleine repentie
  12. Jardins d’hiver (1951): I. Aube
  13. Jardins d’hiver (1951): II. La Maison du bonheur
  14. Jardins d’hiver (1951): III. Combien de bras
  15. Jardins d’hiver (1951): IV. Quiétude
  16. Edgard Varèse 1883–1965: Un grand Sommeil noir (1906)