Un grand sommeil noir (Orchestral Version)

Varèse Edgar, Beaumont Antony | Delunsch Mireille, Chailly Riccardo

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Edgard Varèse - Un grand sommeil noir (Orchestral Version)
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Un grand sommeil noir, song for voice & orchestra (1906) (Orchestration by Antony Beaumont) Mireille Delunsch, soprano Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Riccardo Chailly Translated simply as "A Deep Black Sleep", this setting of a poem by Paul Verlaine for voice and piano from 1906, written when Varèse was a composition student of Widor's, is the earliest of his published works to survive. A recent orchestration of this song by Antony Beaumont was commissioned by conductor Riccardo Chailly and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The soprano soloist is Mireille Delunsch, who delivers a somewhat more dramatic interpretation than in the more intimate original chamber piece. The tempo begins much slower in the orchestration seemingly in order to accommodate the deep resonances of the low string basses and gongs on the main three note motive, which are soon joined by thick, impressionist open-fifths in the higher strings and horns. [] Art by Michael Raedecker