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Beautiful Blue Planet,
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This review is from: Canteloube - Chants d' Auvergne - excs (Audio CD)
Since, all my life I've lived in the countryside with a garden in the midst of fields, meadows, hedgerows, woodland, streams, lakes and birdsong, Chants D'Auvergne speaks to me in a very special way, especially when the melodies are so well sung as they are by Veronique Gens. Better still, here we have in this recording a perfect blending of voice and music. Having been born and brought up in the Auvergne, Veronique Gens is the ideal singer for interpreting the music of her homeland. All this being so, I would venture to suggest that a better recording of the songs of the Auvergne will be hard to find.
Here we have the music of life itself redolent of the natural countryside teeming with reality. It takes us beyond both pain and joy into the interwoven pattern of the wordless, true meaning of life. Get either the voice wrong or the accompaniment wrong or the blending of the two together wrong and the meditative quality of the music is ruined. Happily, this recording gets it just right. We can be eternally grateful to Canteloube for putting all this together and preserving it for future generations. Hopefully, it will inspire more people to value our beautiful blue planet so much that they will strive always to preserve it from all kinds of pollution and overpopulation. It certainly inspires me and brings back many happy memories.