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THE FLOWER OF GENIUS AND FRENCH MÉLODIE ‘It is truly in his songs that Fauré reveals the flower of his genius’, wrote the composer’s former pupil Maurice Ravel. More than a hundred songs written over six decades made Fauré perhaps the greatest master of the genre French “mélodie”. The present collection takes us on a journey from Fauré’s first song cycle, “Poème d’un jour” (1878), to his last, “L’Horizon chimérique” (1921), via the exultant “La Bonne Chanson” (1892-94) and the intensely concentrated “Mirages” of 1919. The songs have texts by French poets of Fauré’s time; here we find poems of Charles Grandmougin, Baronne de Brimont, Paul Verlaine and Jean de La Ville de Mirmont. “Mirages” concludes Bettina Smith’s project for LAWO Classics of recording all of Gabriel Fauré’s cycles for voice and piano. It was preceded in this series by “Fêtes Galantes” (LWC1116) and “Serres Chaudes” (LWC1008), both together with pianist Einar Røttingen. Together they have also released “Voices of Women”, with songs of Fartein Valen, Jostein Stalheim and Ketil Hvoslef, composers from Norway’s west coast. Mezzo-soprano Bettina Smith is from Bergen. After graduating from Bergen Conservatory of Music, she studied with Wout Oosterkamp and Elly Ameling at the Royal Conservatory of Music in the Hague. This was followed by two years at the Zürich International Opera Studio. With a wide repertory ranging from medieval to contemporary music, Bettina Smith appears regularly as oratorio and cantata soloist, or together with pianists Jan Willem Nelleke and Einar Røttingen. Dutch pianist Jan Willem Nelleke’s exceptional qualities as a duo partner have been widely recognised. His playing has been described as “sparkling raindrops, rich chords and beautiful interludes” and as an “ever alert co-operation with the soloist”.
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1. Poème d’un jour, Op. 21: I. Rencontre 00:02:07 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Jan Willem Nelleke
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Charles Grandmougin
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
Producers Vegard Landaas
2. Poème d’un jour, Op. 21: II. Toujours 00:01:14 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Jan Willem Nelleke
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Charles Grandmougin
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
Producers Vegard Landaas
3. Poème d’un jour, Op. 21: III. Adieu 00:02:22 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Jan Willem Nelleke
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Charles Grandmougin
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
Producers Vegard Landaas
4. Mirages, Op. 113: I. Cygne sur l’eau 00:03:44 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Jan Willem Nelleke
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Baronne de Brimont
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
Producers Vegard Landaas
5. Mirages, Op. 113: II. Reflets dans l’eau 00:04:43 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Jan Willem Nelleke
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Baronne de Brimont
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
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6. Mirages, Op. 113: III. Jardin nocturne 00:02:54 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Jan Willem Nelleke
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Baronne de Brimont
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
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7. Mirages, Op. 113: IV. Danseuse 00:02:03 1.50 USD
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Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Baronne de Brimont
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
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8. La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61: I. Une Sainte en son auréole 00:01:58 1.50 USD
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Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Paul Verlaine
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
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9. La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61: II. Puisque l’aube grandit 00:01:54 1.50 USD
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Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Paul Verlaine
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
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10. La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61: III. La Lune blanche luit dans les bois 00:02:14 1.50 USD
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Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Paul Verlaine
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
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11. La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61: IV. J’allais par des chemins perfides 00:01:49 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Jan Willem Nelleke
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Paul Verlaine
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
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12. La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61: V. J’ai presque peur, en vérité 00:02:14 1.50 USD
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Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Paul Verlaine
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
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13. La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61: VI. Avant que tu ne t’en ailles 00:03:07 1.50 USD
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Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Paul Verlaine
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
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14. La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61: VII. Donc, ce sera par un clair jour d’été 00:02:41 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Jan Willem Nelleke
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Paul Verlaine
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
Producers Vegard Landaas
15. La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61: VIII. N’est-ce pas? 00:02:28 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Jan Willem Nelleke
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Paul Verlaine
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
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16. La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61: IX. L’Hiver a cessé 00:02:59 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Jan Willem Nelleke
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Paul Verlaine
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
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17. L’Horizon chimérique, Op. 118: I. La mer est infinie 00:01:37 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Jan Willem Nelleke
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Jean de la Ville de Mirmont
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
Producers Vegard Landaas
18. L’Horizon chimérique, Op. 118: II. Je me suis embarqué 00:02:20 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Jan Willem Nelleke
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Jean de la Ville de Mirmont
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
Producers Vegard Landaas
19. L’Horizon chimérique, Op. 118: III. Diane, Séléné 00:02:23 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Jan Willem Nelleke
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Jean de la Ville de Mirmont
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
Producers Vegard Landaas
20. L’Horizon chimérique, Op. 118: IV. Vaisseaux, nous vous aurons aimés 00:01:43 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Jan Willem Nelleke
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Jean de la Ville de Mirmont
Performers Jan Willem Nelleke | Bettina Smith
Producers Vegard Landaas