Sunday, November 22, 2009

Master of Mélodie

Soprano Susanna Phillips' beautiful voice was showcased vibrantly in her debut recital at Alice Tully Hall this past week. The recital's program included several selections by french composer Gabriel Faurè, known for his ingenuity with the art song, or mélodie.

Particularly lovely was his song Nell, Op. 18, No. 1, which I think my friend Nell B. should adopt as her new theme song. The song's text was an interpretation of Robert Burn's A Red Red Rose and had the swoony romantic schmaltz that gets me every time. My favorite stanza:

The singing sea all along its shores
will end its eternal murmuring
before your image, oh Nell my love,
ceases to bloom in my heart.

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