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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99b118e8) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9984c1d4) out of 5 stars Lay me etherized upon the table........ 17 Dec. 2004
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The otherworldly presentation by Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish of songs by the under appreciated spiritualist composer Olivier Messiaen in the company of other composers of luminosity songs such as Claude Debussy, Gabriel Faure and the contemporary Osvaldo Golijov is one of the most unique and successful recordings to appear in a long time. Upshaw remains a clear voiced soprano who cares deeply about exploring repertoire to challenge her large audience: her recitals are never retreads of standard warhorses.

This recording is simply from another place that seduces us into a level of transcendental meditation. Not only do Upshaw and Kalish weave their expected magic with the Debussy and Faure cycles ('Chansons de Bilitis' and 'La Chanson d'Eve'), but they also evoke all of the special mysteries for voice and piano that Messiaen wrote so well. The moments of music seem to taper off into the ether of another world. And the single Olijov 'Lua descolorida' is so stunning that it leaves us wanting more.

A beautiful collection of songs, superbly performed, and beautifully recorded. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, December 2004
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a0b474) out of 5 stars Another challenging, engaging triumph 30 Aug. 2004
By E. C Goodstein - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't really speak to the technical side of this album.

But it is gorgeous. Yes, rather challenging material. But I think she really shows the 'link' between a 'conservative' composer like Faure and Debussy & Messaien. & the addition of the Golijov also shows his indebtedness to the French school (it's a beautiful piece in it's own right too IMO). Gilbert Kalish adds really inciteful accompaniment. If you

like her album of Debussy's FORGOTTEN SONGS, you'll love this I think. But even fans of any of her others will

like it too. One of the most thoughtful performers today-- she really has an interesting discography, & for me this is

a definite highlight.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c479fc) out of 5 stars One of Dawn Upshaw's finest recordings 7 May 2012
By jt52 - Published on Amazon.com
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Dawn Upshaw has delivered a number of truly outstanding performances on disc over the years and this has to rank up there with them. She is technically perfect while delivering a supple, relaxed performance in tune with the spiritual nature of the music. Her accompanist, well-know American pianist Gilbert Kalish, is terrific, providing utter technical fluidity and nuance that combines seamlessly with Upshaw.

The only warning I have is that the music is very sophisticated and will appeal to classical music cogonescenti only.

The centerpiece of the CD is Gabriel Faure's "Song of Eve", completed in 1910. Despite being Faure's longest song cycle and representing a sustained and important artistic effort, the "Song of Eve" has remained obscure and one of the composer's largely overlooked works. It is spartan, built from a unifying set of themes (most conspicuously a rising fifth found in many individual songs), and serene. I found it required repeated listening to understand, despite its consonance and melodic unity.

The album's highlight for me was "Lua discolorida" by contemporary composer Osvaldo Golijov, a rhythmically-flexible and sensuous song with a Latin tinge. I have not been keeping up with Golijov's work, which Upshaw has championed, but this makes me think I need to. Uphsaw and Kalish also provide a nuanced performance of Claude Debussy's "Chansons de bilitis," from 1899, one that is every bit as good as the outstanding interpretations by Regine Crespin and Veronique Gens. The inclusion of "Bilitis" is odd, as the songs are based on subtle erotic pastorale poems and are not religious or spiritual, but the results on a musical level are strong, and the mood fits the serenity of the album as a whole. Upshaw also includes several longer individual songs by Olivier Messiaen dating from the 1930s and 1940s. I personally found them to be the weakest and least interesting music found here, although the "Amour oiseau d'etoile" (track 7) gives you a taste of Messiaen's big "Turangalila" symphony by using its themes, with the artist's classic use of birdsong motifs.

The engineering is audiophile-grade. A very good and very sophisticated disc.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ad7c36c) out of 5 stars French songs luminously performed 13 Sept. 2005
By Jeff Abell - Published on Amazon.com
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OK, quibble all you want with Dawn Upshaw's French pronunciations...I'm told the French find American accents "sexy." Upshaw and Kalish bring remarkable interpretive skill to these performances. The Debussy "Chansons de Bilitis," set poems by one of the composer's best friends to music of exquisite, almost erotic playfulness. Similarly, Faure's "Chanson d'Eve" is a remarkably beautiful late work of serene detachment. I'm not a big fan of Messian's music, but Upshaw and Kalish certainly make the most of these difficult and "ecstatic" songs. All told, with the delicious Golijov song tossed in, a lush treat.
HASH(0x99d4dc60) out of 5 stars Beautiful. It very hard to say anything bad about ... 2 Feb. 2016
By George black - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful. It very hard to say anything bad about Dawn Upshaw unless she picks music you don't like then it's personal.
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