Turbulent Heart

13/12/2009
Joel Kasow
Culture Kiosque (US)

Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer has often been recorded, usually by a mezzo, occasionally a soprano, two or three times by a baritone, but the adventurous tenor Steve Davislim is the first to allow us to hear the work as the composer himself conceived it. And once again, Davislim shows us that the composer may have had a point in wanting a male voice for this work, however well it may be sung by any number of women. Bouchor’s overwrought poetry finds its match in Guillaume Tourniaire’s sympathetic accompaniment, while the four symphonic songs by Louis Vierne are a welcome addition to the catalogue, expanding our horizons and understanding of a period in music too often denigrated today.