CHARLES KOECHLIN (1867-1950): Songs for Tenor and Piano: Menuet, Op. 5/4, Les Pierreries, Op. 8/3, Chanson d’amour, Op. 5/3, Si tu le veux, Op. 5/5, Moisson prochaine, Op. 5/2, for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano: L’Hiver, Op. 8/2, Le printemps, Op. 1/4, Le Jour, Op. 14/1, Le Matin, Op. 8/6, Épiphanie, Op. 17/2, Le Colibri, Op. 17/1, for Tenor and Female Chorus: L’Automne, Op. 14/7, La Guerre, Op. 14/9, La Terre, Op. 14/6, for Mezzo-Soprano and Female Chorus: Promenade Galante, Op. 5/1, for Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor and Female Chorus: Les Clairs de lune, Op. 9, for Female Chorus: La Paix, Op. 8/7, Les Étoiles, Op. 14/8, Dans le ciel clair, Op. 4/1.
Catalogue Number: 08R048
Description: These early songs date from the last decade of the 19th century while Koechlin was still studying under Massenet and Fauré. Most deal with the spectacle of nature and the evocation of a distant past, both of which excited the composer’s imagination and impelled him to stretch the forces required from voice and piano to soloist(s) and chorus as needed. Looking back, Koechlin saw these songs as necessary mileposts on his way to his later symphonic style. French texts. Anaïk Morel (mezzo), Julien Behr (tenor), Nicolas Jouve (piano), Calliope; Régine Théodoresco.