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Mon Coeur Chante! The Songs of Cecile Chaminade

Cecile Chaminade , Alaina Warren Zachary , R. Stewart Powell Audio CD
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  • Performer: Alaina Warren Zachary, R. Stewart Powell
  • Composer: Cecile Chaminade
  • Audio CD (November 7, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00005U1A6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Les Reves
2. Avril s'eveille
3. Si j'etais jardinier
4. A l'inconnue
5. Un souffle a passe
6. L'ideal
7. Ballade a la lune
8. Reve d'un soir
9. Viens, mon bien-aime!

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Alaina Warren Zachary is the first singer to release an album of all Cecile Chaminade songs. Parisian-born Chaminade (1857-1944) was the most successful and prolific female composer who ever lived but she is mostly known for piano compositions and the Concertino for Flute and Orchestra. Here on Mon Coeur Chante!, lyric soprano Warren-Zachary and pianist R. Stewart Powell, offer 24 selections from the all but unknown Chaminade vocal compositions. Sung in French, these songs are lovely, melodic and radiant. The album contains Chaminade's signature song L'Anneau d'argent.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A trip to the home of Angels February 21, 2003
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I'm an instrumental kind of guy. Though I've been a singer in choirs and soloist in school productions, vocal music has not always been where my heart is. Perhaps it is because of the variability in performers, perhaps it is because of the relative predictability of instrumental music. I like stability and am a hard-core musical conservative; no serial music for me. I've never developed an affinity for classical vocal music. As a result, I'm probably one of the world's most critical listeners when it comes to art songs or classical songs. I'll turn off a CD in seconds if the music hurts my head. However, if it speaks to my heart and more importantly, if it captures my soul, I'll allow it to transport me to another time and place and get so emotionally entwined with the music I become obsessed. Such is the case with my love for the popular songs of Carrie Jacobs-Bond and till now, slightly so with the music of Cécile Chaminade, both of whom flourished in around the same era. I've been a fan of Chaminade's music ever since I first heard a few of her piano and chamber works. But because of my reluctance to test the waters with vocal works, I tended to avoid her songs. In fact, in my collection of recorded music, every single piece by Chaminade is either for piano or strings. That is, till now.
Imagine my own delight at hearing not just one song, but an astonishing 24 that held my attention, captivated my soul and spoke to my heart. Such was the case on hearing the sublimely beautiful recording Mon Coeur Chante!, The Songs of Cécile Chaminade performed by Alaina Warren Zachary (soprano) and R. Stewart Powell (piano) © 2001 Dieu Donné Productions. From the start, I was struck by the clarity of sound and the quality of the playing and singing.
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Finally we can enjoy an entire CD devoted to the songs of the fascinating and talented Parisian composer C�cile Chaminade. Adored and encouraged by Bizet, Chaminade became the darling of musical circles around the world. "Chaminade Clubs" sprang up even in the United States, dedicated to her songs, piano works, and chamber music. By the time of her death in 1944, however, her music was considered old-fashioned and, unfortunately, relegated to the realm of "women's parlor music."
Alaina Warren Zachary has here lovingly recorded 24 of Chaminade's 140 songs, many of them out of print. The most popular, "L'anneau d'argent", sold hundreds of thousands of copies in Chaminade's heyday. Zachary's light touch lets the 'little silver ring' glimmer in its own light. In other songs, many of them never recorded before, Zachary's beautiful high voice caresses the delicate emotions of the romantic and sometimes sentimental poetry. The singer has obviously taken the composer's own words to heart: "To me the words mean a great deal, and I never select any poem to put to music that has not made a strong impression upon me through its beauty of sentiment and fitness."
Chaminade, herself a pianist, often accompanied singers in recitals of her music. On this recording, Zachary is joined by pianist R. Stewart Powell, who clearly shares the singer's affinity for ChaminadeÃ*s songs. While some of the more delicate pieces require the light touch of a simple guitar-like accompaniment, others have been compared to Chopin in their pianistic ornamentation and difficulty. PowellÃ*s skilled and sensitive accompanying beautifully balances ZacharyÃ*s soprano voice. It is a very nice collaboration indeed; Chaminade would have been proud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have a pastry in Paris circa 1900. July 31, 2002
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Finally we can enjoy an entire CD devoted to the songs of the fascinating and talented Parisian composer Cecile Chaminade. Adored and encouraged by Bizet, Chaminade became the darling of musical circles around the world. "Chaminade Clubs" sprang up even in the United States, dedicated to her songs, piano works, and chamber music. By the time of her death in 1944, however, her music was considered old-fashioned and, unfortunately, relegated to the realm of "women's parlor music."
Alaina Warren Zachary has here lovingly recorded 24 of Chaminade's 140 songs, many of them out of print. The most popular, "L'anneau d'argent", sold hundreds of thousands of copies in Chaminade's heyday. Zachary's light touch lets the 'little silver ring' glimmer in its own light. In other songs, many of them never recorded before, Zachary's beautiful high voice caresses the delicate emotions of the romantic and sometimes sentimental poetry. The singer has obviously taken the composer's own words to heart: "To me the words mean a great deal, and I never select any poem to put to music that has not made a strong impression upon me through its beauty of sentiment and fitness."
Chaminade, herself a pianist, often accompanied singers in recitals of her music. On this recording, Zachary is joined by pianist R. Stewart Powell, who clearly shares the singer's affinity for Chaminade's songs. While some of the more delicate pieces require the light touch of a simple guitar-like accompaniment, others have been compared to Chopin in their pianistic ornamentation and difficulty. Powell's skilled and sensitive accompanying beautifully balances Zachary's soprano voice. It is a very nice collaboration indeed; Chaminade would have been proud.
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