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Berlioz: Les Nuits d'ete, Op. 7 / Mahler: Five Wonderhorn Songs

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Product Details

  • Performer: Jan DeGaetani
  • Orchestra: Eastman Chamber Ensemble
  • Conductor: David Effron
  • Composer: Hector Berlioz, Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (May 10, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bridge
  • ASIN: B000003GIB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This review is dedicated to the memory of my dear friend and fellow reviewer Bob Zeidler. We miss you already.

Jan De Gaetani was an extraordinary artist. Unbelievably versitile, her repertoire extended from Mozart and Rossini to moderns like Schonberg and George Crumb. This CD of orchestral songs, sung in chamber music arrangements was the final recording of hear life. When she recorded it she was already dying of cancer, though she had not let many people know about it. This fact makes the choice of repertoire doubly poigniant as the sadness of departing is felt in many of the Berlioz songs and most wrenchingly in the final Mahler song. "Ich bin der Welt aghanded gekommen" ranks up with the final song of Das Lied von der Erde and the 9th symphony as Mahler's most lovely and passionate songs of farewell to the world.

Berlioz' Les Nuits d'ete were originally written as songs for voice and piano. Not a cycle in the true sense they are a collection of songs to varied texts but show Berlioz at his most melodically lush and harmonically rich. Perhaps the initial absense of orchestra allowed Berlioz to focus to a greater degree on the basic elements of music, but in these songs Berlioz creates some of the most memorable music of his career. The songs are best known in the orchestrated versions he produced later. This recording uses the orchestrations as a springboard for a really lovely chamber version created by DeGaetani's husband Philip West. Particularly memorable are the sweeping vocal lines in Le Spectre de la rose and Absence, which is perhaps my favorite melodie in the French repertoire. DeGaetani sings both with an astonishing control and an almost palpable ache in the voice.

The Mahler cycles on the disc are equally beautiful.
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I've loved these performances since they were first issued in 1989. They are chamber versions of Berlioz's Nuits d'Éte, five songs from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn and the five Rückert Songs, also by Mahler. The chamber arrangements are by deGaetani's husband, Phil West. They are the last recordings made by deGaetani, who knew she was dying of leukemia.
DeGaetani was one of the treasures among American musicians of her era. Universally admired for her musicianship, loved by her students, adored by her many friends, she sang many of the landmark performances of new American music from the 1960s onward. Her recording of George Crumb's 'Ancient Voices of Children' put her on the map internationally. I had the honor of hearing her sing many times in such things as 'Dido and Aeneas' and an Elliot Carter première, 'Syringa.' She never disappointed.
The performances here, leaving aside the emotional circumstances of their provenance, are priceless. Her illness had done nothing to dim the lustrous quality of her instantly recognizable mezzo voice nor her impeccable musicianship. West's chamber reductions of the orchestral scores are skillful and effective.
I cannot hear that phrase 'Ah! sans amour s'en aller sur la mer,' from 'Sur les lagunes' without a tear coming to my eye. And in my mind's ear it is always deGaetani's voice I hear, even though I have heard Janet Baker and Leontyne Price sing them in concert and have recordings of many other illustrious singers doing it.
This is one of my desert isle recordings.
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First, my thanks to Bob Zeidler and his review of this extraordinary album for informing me its existence. After his and Scott Morrison's reviews little is left to be said without bordering on redundancy. This album by the inimitable Jan DeGaetani gives only a hint of the vast influence this musician and this being had on the world during her far too short stay here. Her performances always satisfied the harshest critics and the most ardent fans alike. DeGaetani was a musician's musician and in this farewell recording she proved that despite the ravages of leukemia she still had significant things to say, both intellectualy and, most assuredly, compassionately. Her choice to record the Berlioz and Mahler with a chamber ensemble is so very appropriate and intimately conversational. Yes, other times found her voice in richer state, and yes, other singers may 'own' certain of these cycles in the public's ear. But delve into the mystery of her subtle interpretations here and you will be stunned. This is a wonderful memorium to one of America's truly great artists.
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I need to thank Scott Morrison, the first reviewer of this album, for bringing attention of its existence to me in the first place. Self-confessed Mahlerite that I am, I'm hard-pressed to account for ever having missed this release in the first place. After the fact, with the album safely in my possession, I tried to track down how this oversight might have happened, even to the extent of tearing through my back issues of Fanfare magazine to see if I had somehow missed a review, or at least a release message. (I couldn't find one.) But all's well that ends well.

Jan DeGaetani was one of those rare American singers who felt totally at home with contemporary music. Like Phyllis Curtin before her, and, seemingly, Susan Narucki after her, she gained much of her well-deserved reputation in this field, singing the music of Ives, Crumb, Rochberg, Kurtag, Copland and Carter, just to name a few. Her album of Ives songs, with Gilbert Kalish (a frequent partner) at the piano is a well-deserved classic. But, if her repertoire happened to end (chronologically speaking) with Crumb, Kurtag and Rochberg, her range was exceedingly wide, extending back to Dowland, and she was equally famed as a Bach specialist.

The provenance of this release, as pointed out by Scott Morrison, is remarkable. It was Ms. DeGaetani's final album, recorded while she was suffering from the final stages of leukemia but fortunately with sufficient temporary remission from the illness that it hardly affected her vocal prowess. (The album was recorded in sessions during May, 1989; she succumbed to the illness four months later.)

It is equally special that the works on this album were the outcome of a collaborative effort between Ms.
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