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Voices of Light

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With Voices Of Light, Dawn Upshaw has assembled a program of songs centered around works by Oliveir Messiaen that address the subjects of devotion, faith and, most especiall, love - the sensual (in Claude Debussy's Les Chansons De Bilitis), the spirtual (Gabriel Faure's La Chanson d'Eve), love's aftermath (Osvaldo Golijov's "Lua Descolorida") and a love that even death can't extinguish (Messiaen's "Ressurrection"). To Upshaw, these songs, created over a span of one hundred years, represent "voices of light"- and bringing them together was, clearly, also a labor of love.

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Dawn Upshaw here explores outstanding examples of the past century of French song, adding a brief detour into Spanish with a haunting gem by Osvaldo Golijov. The recital's centerpiece is Fauré's La Chanson d'Eve, a cycle of 10 exquisitely fashioned songs whose delicate subtlety and carefully weighed balance between light and shade are beautifully realized by Upshaw and her excellent accompanist, Gilbert Kalish, whose rippling piano in "Eau vivante" captivates. The pair also excel in the spare, mysterious "Crépuscule" (Twilight). Threaded throughout the disc are five songs by Olivier Messiaen, whose blending of spiritual faith and sensuous feeling often reaches ecstatic heights, as in the wildly virtuosic coloratura singing and keyboard demands of "Prière exaucée" (A Prayer Granted). Upshaw makes much of the sensuous close of the disc's opening song, "Le Collier," and the tenderly languorous "Amour oiseau d'étoile" (Love, Star-Bird). The elusive songs of Debussy's Chansons de Bilitis are given their full due as well, nicely set among Messiaen's more unbuttoned fervor. Upshaw fans and lovers of French song won't want to miss this. --Dan Davis

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  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B0002JNR4U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,206 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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