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Misia

Revue Blanche

Misia

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Format: CD
Label: Antarctica
UPC: 0608917733020
Catnr: AR 030
Release date: 01 October 2021
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Antarctica
UPC
0608917733020
Catalogue number
AR 030
Release date
01 October 2021

"Cum Laude This is intense, sincere, profound and overwhelmingly beautiful. So fascinating that I actually have no words for it. All I can say is go listen to this."

Luister, 01-12-2021
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About the album

Ten years of Revue Blanche. That’s ten years of making music together.
Of exploring, brainstorming and challenging themselves, finding other soulmates and meeting audiences across the world.
Ten years, too, of sharing laughter and tears, having each other’s back, looking for balance, defining – and redefining – who they are.
But most of all, it’s ten years of friendship.

At the occasion of this anniversary, the ensemble is going back to their roots: to vibrant turn-of-the-century Paris, where a luscious body of music emerged that has occupied a central place in Revue Blanche’s repertoire since the very start.

Misia Sert became our guide. Walking in her tracks, Revue Blanche paid a call on Villa Servais in Halle – where she spent her childhood – and played a Polish song by her grave in Samoureau, near Valvins. While they encountered many iconic masters enchanted by her, she also put them on the track of lesser-known composers. With every step and every gem their curiosity grew, Misia seducing them to go beyond what they’d initially imagined. The present recording is Revue Blanche's homage to this fiery, unbridled spirit who – by devoting her life to the arts – perennially inspires others to do so as well.

The ensemble found working on this album a challenge as well as a saving grace in a year without concerts. The involuntary break from the stage allowed them to focus on the recording process, where they applied ourselves to making Misia a perfect tribute. Now it’s finally here, our hope is that the soundsketch of this grande dame, who truly mastered the art of bringing people together, will help answering to the profound need for beauty and connection felt by many.

Het Belgische ensemble Revue Blanche bestaat tien jaar. Dit jubileum viert het gezelschap met het uitbrengen van het sfeervolle album Misia. Een verzameling muziek uit het Parijs rond de eeuwwisseling, met werken van bekende en minder bekende componisten. Leidraad vormt het leven van de Pools/Belgische pianiste Misia Sert.

Revue Blanche is een vocaal/instrumentaal kamermuziekensemble met een ongebruikelijke maar bijzonder kleurrijke bezetting: sopraan, fluit, altviool en harp.

Tien jaar Revue Blanche. Dat betekent tien jaar samen muziek maken. Tien jaar van ontdekken, brainstormen en zichzelf uitdagen, het vinden van soulmates en het ontmoeten van publiek over de hele wereld. Maar ook tien jaar waarin ze samen lachen en huilen, elkaar steunen en naar balans zoeken, definiëren én herdefiniëren wie ze daadwerkelijk zijn. Maar bovenal is het tien jaar vriendschap.

Ter gelegenheid van dit jubileum gaat het ensemble terug naar zijn roots: het bruisende Parijs van rond de eeuwwisseling, waar een weelderig oeuvre ontstond dat vanaf het begin een centrale plaats innam in het repertoire van Revue Blanche. Misia Sert werd de gids voor dit jubileumalbum. In haar voetsporen tredend bezocht Revue Blanche Villa Servais in Halle, waar ze haar jeugd doorbracht, en speelden de musici een Pools lied bij haar graf in Samoureau, in de buurt van Valvins.

Revue Blanche kwam veel iconische meesters tegen die door Misia betoverd waren, maar werd door haar ook op het spoor gezet van minder bekende componisten. Met elke stap en elk muzikaal juweeltje groeide de nieuwsgierigheid van de muzikanten, Misia verleidde hen om verder te gaan dan ze zich aanvankelijk hadden voorgesteld. Deze opname is een hommage aan haar vurige, ongebreidelde geest die, door haar leven aan de kunst te wijden, anderen blijvend inspireert om dat ook te doen.

Het ensemble vond het werken aan dit album een uitdaging en een reddende genade in een jaar zonder concerten. Zonder optredens konden de musici zich concentreren op het opnameproces, om van Misia een perfect eerbetoon te maken. Ze hopen dat deze muzikale schets van de grande dame, die echt de kunst beheerste om mensen samen te brengen, een antwoord is op de diepe behoefte aan schoonheid en verbinding die door velen wordt gevoeld.

De naam ‘Revue Blanche’ verwijst naar het literaire en artistieke tijdschrift La Revue Blanche dat werd uitgegeven aan het einde van de 19e eeuw. De ‘Witte Revue' werd zo genoemd omdat de som van alle kleuren wit is en een wit ongeschreven blad openstaat voor alle meningen en stromingen. Dit inspirerende idee sluit naadloos aan bij de esthetiek die het ensemble voor ogen heeft en resulteert in een voortdurende zoektocht naar interessant repertoire. Waarbij de voortreffelijke arrangementen de diverse kleuren van de verschillende instrumenten nog meer naar voren brengen.

Zehn Jahre "Revue Blanche". Das sind zehn Jahre, in denen sie gemeinsam Musik machen.
Zehn Jahre, in denen sie sich selbst erforscht, Ideen entwickelt und herausgefordert haben, andere Seelenverwandte gefunden und ihr Publikum auf der ganzen Welt getroffen haben.
Zehn Jahre, in denen sie gelacht und geweint haben, sich gegenseitig den Rücken gestärkt haben, das Gleichgewicht suchten und definierten - und neu definierten - wer sie sind.
Aber vor allem sind es zehn Jahre der Freundschaft.

Anlässlich dieses Jubiläums begibt sich das Ensemble zurück zu seinen Wurzeln: in das pulsierende Paris der Jahrhundertwende, wo eine üppige Musik entstand, die seit den Anfängen einen zentralen Platz im Repertoire der Revue Blanche einnimmt.

Misia Sert wurde unsere Führerin. Auf ihren Spuren besuchte Revue Blanche die Villa Servais in Halle - wo sie ihre Kindheit verbrachte - und spielte ein polnisches Lied an ihrem Grab in Samoureau, nahe Valvins. Dabei begegneten sie vielen ikonischen Meistern, die sie verzauberte, aber sie brachten sie auch auf die Spur von weniger bekannten Komponisten. Mit jedem Schritt und jedem Kleinod wuchs ihre Neugierde, Misia verführte sie dazu, über das hinauszugehen, was sie sich anfangs vorgestellt hatten. Die vorliegende Aufnahme ist eine Hommage von Revue Blanche an diesen feurigen, ungezügelten Geist, der - indem er sein Leben der Kunst widmet - andere immer wieder dazu inspiriert, dies ebenfalls zu tun.

Für das Ensemble war die Arbeit an diesem Album sowohl eine Herausforderung als auch eine rettende Gnade in einem Jahr ohne Konzerte. Die unfreiwillige Pause von der Bühne erlaubte es ihnen, sich auf den Aufnahmeprozess zu konzentrieren, wo sie alles daran setzten, Misia ein perfektes Tribut zu erweisen. Nun ist es endlich da, und wir hoffen, dass die Klangskizze dieser Grande Dame, die die Kunst, Menschen zusammenzubringen, wahrhaftig beherrschte, dazu beiträgt, das tiefe Bedürfnis nach Schönheit und Verbundenheit zu stillen, das viele verspüren.

Artist(s)

Lore Binon (vocals)

Revue Blanche

Revue Blanche is a vocal/instrumental chamber music ensemble with an unusual and richly coloured combination of soprano, viola, harp and flute. Begun in 2010, the ensemble has made rapid strides winning the VRT-Klara Young Talent Award in 2013, the YAMaward in 2016 and recording their very well received disc ‘Shelter’. The ensemble was named ‘Revue Blanche’, after the French art and literary magazine published at the end of the 19th century. White is the sum of the entire colour spectrum and hints at the idea of the blank canvas, anxiously waiting for opinions and reflections to be written upon it. This influential idea segues smoothly into the aesthetics this ensemble focuses on, resulting in an ongoing search for interesting repertoire. High...
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Revue Blanche is a vocal/instrumental chamber music ensemble with an unusual and richly coloured combination of soprano, viola, harp and flute. Begun in 2010, the ensemble has made rapid strides winning the VRT-Klara Young Talent Award in 2013, the YAMaward in 2016 and recording their very well received disc ‘Shelter’.

The ensemble was named ‘Revue Blanche’, after the French art and literary magazine published at the end of the 19th century. White is the sum of the entire colour spectrum and hints at the idea of the blank canvas, anxiously waiting for opinions and reflections to be written upon it. This influential idea segues smoothly into the aesthetics this ensemble focuses on, resulting in an ongoing search for interesting repertoire. High quality arrangements emphasize the diverse colours of the different instruments.

Revue Blanche has performed in major concert halls such as Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ Amsterdam, Temppeliaukion kirkko Helsinki, Nordea concert hall Tallinn, Opéra de Lille, Bozar Brussels, Flagey Brussels, Concertgebouw Bruges, deSingel Antwerp and De Bijloke Ghent. They were also invited by Klarafestival, Internationaal Kamermuziekfestival Schiermonnikoog, Big Bang Festival and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

It is clear that the ensemble’s ambitions are wide-ranging. Revue Blanche is not only a chamber music ensemble but is open to other contemporary art forms. It also produces multidisciplinary programmes fusing visual arts, dance, literature and electronic music. This hybrid approach leads to a unique way of experiencing various artistic tendencies of our musical heritage.


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Maurice Ravel

Joseph Maurice Ravel was a French composer who is often associated with impressionism along with his elder contemporary Claude Debussy, although both composers rejected the term. In the 1920s and 1930s Ravel was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer. Born to a music-loving family, Ravel attended France's premier music college, the Paris Conservatoire; he was not well regarded by its conservative establishment, whose biased treatment of him caused a scandal. After leaving the Conservatoire Ravel found his own way as a composer, developing a style of great clarity, incorporating elements of baroque, neoclassicism and, in his later works, jazz. He liked to experiment with musical form, as in his best-known work, Boléro (1928), in which repetition takes the place of...
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Joseph Maurice Ravel was a French composer who is often associated with impressionism along with his elder contemporary Claude Debussy, although both composers rejected the term. In the 1920s and 1930s Ravel was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer.
Born to a music-loving family, Ravel attended France's premier music college, the Paris Conservatoire; he was not well regarded by its conservative establishment, whose biased treatment of him caused a scandal. After leaving the Conservatoire Ravel found his own way as a composer, developing a style of great clarity, incorporating elements of baroque, neoclassicism and, in his later works, jazz. He liked to experiment with musical form, as in his best-known work, Boléro (1928), in which repetition takes the place of development. He made some orchestral arrangements of other composers' music, of which his 1922 version of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition is the best known.
As a slow and painstaking worker, Ravel composed fewer pieces than many of his contemporaries. Among his works to enter the repertoire are pieces for piano, chamber music, two piano concertos, ballet music, two operas, and eight song cycles; he wrote no symphonies and only one religious work. Many of his works exist in two versions: a first, piano score and a later orchestration. Some of his piano music, such as Gaspard de la nuit (1908), is exceptionally difficult to play, and his complex orchestral works such as Daphnis et Chloé (1912) require skilful balance in performance.

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Henri Duparc

Henri Duparc is perhaps one of the most efficient composers of music history: with just a handful of works he made himself famous. After all, Duparc was an extraordinary perfectionist; he could work on a single song for years. That was his specialty too: songs, for solo voice and piano accompaniment. In 16 years, Duparc composed 13 songs to his satisfaction, after which he quit composing in 1885, at the age of 37. He settled down in a calm family life and spent his time reading and painting watercolours. This step was partly due to a growing hypersensitivity. The extreme sensitiveness, the perfectionism and the refined artistic taste can all be heard in his songs: these are unique for their...
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Henri Duparc is perhaps one of the most efficient composers of music history: with just a handful of works he made himself famous. After all, Duparc was an extraordinary perfectionist; he could work on a single song for years. That was his specialty too: songs, for solo voice and piano accompaniment. In 16 years, Duparc composed 13 songs to his satisfaction, after which he quit composing in 1885, at the age of 37. He settled down in a calm family life and spent his time reading and painting watercolours. This step was partly due to a growing hypersensitivity. The extreme sensitiveness, the perfectionism and the refined artistic taste can all be heard in his songs: these are unique for their balance, subtleness and concentration. He also picked his libretti carefully, with prominent poets such as Baudelaire, Gautier and Armand Silvestre.

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Alfredo Casella

The Italian composer and pianist Alfredo Casella was born into a family of musicians. His grandfather, father and brothers were professional cellists and his mother was a pianist. She gave Alfredo his first music lessons. In 1896 he entered the Paris Conservatory to study piano and composition. During his stay in Paris he became acquainted with composers such as Claude Debussy, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and Igor Stravinsky. During the First World War, Casella returned to Italy, where he started teaching at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He also gave performances as a pianist. Casella is amongst the most famous piano virtuosos. In 1930 he formed the Trio Italiano, along with cellist Arturo Bonucci and violinist Alberto Poltrionieri,...
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The Italian composer and pianist Alfredo Casella was born into a family of musicians. His grandfather, father and brothers were professional cellists and his mother was a pianist. She gave Alfredo his first music lessons. In 1896 he entered the Paris Conservatory to study piano and composition. During his stay in Paris he became acquainted with composers such as Claude Debussy, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and Igor Stravinsky.
During the First World War, Casella returned to Italy, where he started teaching at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He also gave performances as a pianist. Casella is amongst the most famous piano virtuosos. In 1930 he formed the Trio Italiano, along with cellist Arturo Bonucci and violinist Alberto Poltrionieri, which became well-known throughout Europe and America. His work as a pianist give rise to some of his best known compositions such as Nove Pezzi, A Notte Alta, and the Six Studies Op.70 However, Casella had his biggest success with his ballet La Giari, instead of piano music.
Casella was part of the so-called “generation of ‘80”, a group of Italian composers born around 1880, which concentrated on writing instrumental works, instead of operas The members of this generation were the dominant figures in Italian music after the death of Puccini in 1924.
Stylistically, Casella joined the Italian composers from the 17th and 18th centuries. He wrote mainly neoclassical works, and occasionally made use of the twelve-tone technique, aiming to combine style elements from the national past with those from the European present. Casella developed a personal style, rhythmically dance-like and motorial, and melodically inspired by south Italian folk music. His music is balanced and colorful.

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Press

Cum Laude This is intense, sincere, profound and overwhelmingly beautiful. So fascinating that I actually have no words for it. All I can say is go listen to this.
Luister, 01-12-2021

Lore Binon's slender, clear voice and her narrative presentation are eminently suitable for this music, making Revue Blanche an ideal advocate of French pieces that you hear far too little.
Het Parool, 23-9-2021

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01.
Douze Mélodies: Temps de neige
02:24
(Déodat de Sévérac) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
02.
Douze Mélodies: Un Rêve
03:02
(Déodat de Sévérac) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
03.
Trois Morceaux en forme de poire: Manière de commencement
03:10
(Erik Satie) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
04.
Six Madrigaux de Mallarmé: Offert avec un verre d'eau
01:10
(Louis Durey) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
05.
Six Madrigaux de Mallarmé: Jour de l'an
01:03
(Louis Durey) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
06.
Six Madrigaux de Mallarmé: Départ
01:03
(Louis Durey) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
07.
Six Madrigaux de Mallarmé: Eventail I
00:58
(Louis Durey) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
08.
Six Madrigaux de Mallarmé: 1er Avril 1887
01:11
(Louis Durey) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
09.
Six Madrigaux de Mallarmé: Eventail II
01:15
(Louis Durey) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
10.
Sonatine: I. Modéré
04:24
(Maurice Ravel) Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
11.
Sonatine: II. Mouvement de menuet
02:58
(Maurice Ravel) Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
12.
Sonatine: III. Animé
04:14
(Maurice Ravel) Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
13.
Douze Mélodies: Les Hiboux
03:08
(Déodat de Sévérac) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
14.
L'infidèle
03:29
(Déodat de Sévérac) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
15.
Trois Morceaux en forme de poire: En plus
02:42
(Erik Satie) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
16.
Trois Mélodies de 1916: Daphénéo
01:39
(Erik Satie) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
17.
Six poèmes de Paul Éluard: Je te l'ai dit
02:18
(Georges Auric) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
18.
Six poèmes de Paul Éluard: Mon amour
02:23
(Georges Auric) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
19.
Six poèmes de Paul Éluard: Elle se penche sur moi
01:42
(Georges Auric) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
20.
Six poèmes de Paul Éluard: Le front aux vitres
02:33
(Georges Auric) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
21.
Six poèmes de Paul Éluard: On ne peut me connaître
02:20
(Georges Auric) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
22.
Six poèmes de Paul Éluard: Tout disparut
02:22
(Georges Auric) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
23.
L'adieu à la vie: Dans une salutation suprême
05:45
(Alfredo Casella) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
24.
Extase
03:16
(Henri Duparc) Lore Binon, Caroline Peeters, Kris Hellemans, Anouk Sturtewagen
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