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L’Invitation au voyage

Chœur de chambre de l’Orchestre de Paris
Salle des concerts - Cité de la musique
Duration: about 1h30


Georges Bizet
Adieu de l'hôtesse arabe
Lili Boulanger
Hymne au Soleil - Reflets
Nadia Boulanger
Soir d'hiver
Yves Castagnet
L'invitation au voyage
Claude Debussy
Beau Soir
Henri Duparc
- Chanson triste
L'invitation au voyage
La vie antérieure
Gabriel Fauré
Au bord de l'eau
Les berceaux
Charles Gounod
Augusta Holmès
La belle Madeleine
Hugo Wolf


Choeur de chambre de l'Orchestre de Paris
Lionel Sow, conducting
Denis Rouger, conducting
David Jackson, piano

Baudelaire’s famous invocation, ‘L’Invitation au voyage’, is the theme for this programme of transcriptions of melodies and Lieder for choir accompanied by piano.

We know that romanticism—with Schubert, Brahms, Robert and Clara Schumann, up to Hugo Wolf—owes to Lied culture the blending of music and poetry that transfigures a popular element into highest art. But the same applies in French melody, which, with figures such as Gounod, Duparc, Fauré and Debussy, created a constellation of extraordinary subtlety, quite literally renewing the perception of the poetic heritage. The ‘lyrical me’ of the voice, which the piano accompanies as a character in its own right, do more than elevate the poetry of Baudelaire, Verlaine, Hugo, and so many others: they profoundly reinvent the meaning, bringing forth hidden virtualities. This almost magical operation is further enhanced by the transcription, which transposes the eternal appeal of melody and Lied to the scale of a choir, with its rich sound, uniform yet contrasted sections, and changing spatiality.


Salle des concerts - Cité de la musique

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Porte de Pantin station
M5 Paris Underground (Métro) Line 5 3B Tram 3B
221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris