The lyrical and expressive gifts of 20th-century composers from France are the focus of this lunchtime concert, sung by soprano Carolyn Sampson.
Carolyn Sampson is a leading British soprano – ‘one of the wonders of the operatic world’, according to The Independent – but she’s no stranger to French music, with a recent recording of French Baroque arias to her name. To continue BBC Radio 3’s series inspired by the melodies, sounds and musical voices of France, she turns to composers of the 20th century – including Debussy and Fauré – and the charm and expression that they poured into their settings of French verse.
Debussy Fêtes galantes
Ravel Sur l’herbe
Fauré Clair de lune
De Séverac Le ciel est, par-dessus le toit
Hahn Tous deux from ‘Chansons grises’
Hahn L’heure exquise from ‘Chansons grises’
Bordes Colloque sentimental
Saint-Saëns Le vent dans la plaine
De Séverac Paysages tristes
Fauré La bonne chanson
Carolyn Sampson Soprano
Joseph Middleton Piano