The astonishing work of Lili Boulanger – who died aged 25 – was marked by the Great War, whose full force she experienced along with her sister Nadia, in Paris and Rome alike. Her visionary, violent music sets her worlds apart from the slightly glossy image of a young girl from a well-to-do family that she seemed to convey.
As early as 1912, Lili Boulanger had written the prophetic Pour les Funérailles d’un soldat, a deep and powerful work, heralding the masterpieces to come. De Profundis and Clairières dans le ciel are without a doubt some of the most incredible works she composed. Clarières dans le ciel is a monumental cycle, a monodrama lasting over half an hour including a final song of eight minutes, a work of formal daring and extraordinary lyric genius. De Profundis is both tragic and heroic, of great scope and power.
Dans l'immense tristesse sets to music a text by Bertha Galeron de Calonne, poet and friend of Lili Boulanger, who could neither see nor speak. In this world of silence and solitude, the music which unfolds and ends on the ghostly echo of a children's rhyme hints at a strange serenity.
|Lili Boulanger||La Tempête ;
Pour les funérailles d’un soldat ;
Clairières dans le ciel ;
Dans l’immense tristesse ;
Anne Le Bozec Piano
Yael Raanan Vandor Contralto
Cyrille Dubois Tenor
Florian Sempey Baritone
Les Cris De Paris – Geoffroy Jourdain Conductor