Ravel : Sheherazad / Berlioz : Nuits d'ete
Ravel: Composed his ravishingly beautiful Sheherazade song-cycle in 1903.
Asie; The quiet trilling of muted biolins introduces the oriental plaint of an oboe.
La Flute enchantee; The second song is that of a young slave who, while her master sleeps, hears the sound of her lover's flute.
L'Indifferent; This is perhaps Ravel's most exquisite and self-revealing song.
Berlioz: Composed in 1832
Absence; This is a declamatory song punctuated by a recurring recitative in tempo
Sur les lagunes; This poem has also been set by Faure under the title of Chanson du pecheur, Berlioz has emphasised the fact of its being a boatman's song.
Au cimetiere; This song is a perfect example of the "uneasy" motion, made up of semitonal changes and enharmonic modulations.
L'ile inconnue; This song sounds like a more sophisticated version of Gounod's famous Serenade.
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