LOUIS VIERNE (1870-1937): Psyché, Op. 33, Les Djinns, Op. 35, Eros, Op. 37, Ballade du désespéré, Op. 61, ERNEST CHAUSSON (1855-1899): Poéme de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19.
Catalogue Number: 11L061
Reference: MR 301123
Description: These four vocal-orchestral works provide 48 minutes of Vierne not otherwise available on disc. Three were written during the First World War - 1914's Psyche, the most traditional orchestral song here, setting the Victor Hugo poem which inspired the much longer tone-poem by Franck. Les Djinns, of the same year, is an 11-minute "symphonic poem with voice" which has much of the same scherzo-like character of Franck's symphonic poem of the same name (and from the same Hugo poem again), full of delicious orchestral effects supporting the text's description of the night-flying evil spirits which surround the narrator's house and frighten the wits out of him. Eros (1916) is another "poem with voice", capturing well the pagan sensuality and hot, oppressive atmosphere of its text, but the 17-minute Ballade is one of Vierne's finest works. Dating from 1931, it's his penultimate composition (left unorchestrated, it was scored by his pupil Duruflé) and sets a text in which Death attempts and finally succeeds in gaining entry to the room of the poor, emotionally worn-out tenant whose desire for death, but lack of courage in seeking it, is that of the spiritually exhausted composer. Opulent, voluptuous, moving and sad, it's a fitting monument to Vierne's life of suffering and misfortune. French-English texts. Steve Davislim (tenor), The Queensland Orchestra; Guillaume Tourniaire. SACD hybrid.