Turbulent Heart

John Pitt
New Classics (UK)

This beautifully produced SACD features a sumptuous recording of French romantic music at its most ecstatic, with the brilliant young French conductor Guillaume Tourniaire conducting The Queensland Orchestra and tenor Steve Davislim. Renowned as organist of the Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris, the tragedies of Vierne’s personal life are shot through these four extraordinary unpublished pieces: the four ‘symphonic poems for voice and orchestra’ - Psyché Op. 33, Les Djinns Op. 35, Eros Op. 37 and Ballade du désespéré Op. 61. All are world-premiere recordings. Accompanying Vierne’s Poems here is Chausson’s masterpiece of nineteenth-century French mélodie, Poème de l’amour et de la mer – ‘La fleur des eaux’, ‘Interlude’ and ‘La mort de l’amour’ - recorded for the first time by a tenor, the voice for which it was originally written. Steve Davislim is one of Australia’s leading tenors and gives acclaimed performances in the leading opera houses and concert halls of the world. Guillaume Tourniaire is also currently enjoying international fame as he continues his groundbreaking work throughout the world as a champion of world premieres and rare music performances, including recordings of Saint-Saens’ Helene and Nuit persane for Melba. He has also recorded the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with Paul Dean on Melba’s Sublime Mozart. The excellent 100 page booklet includes an essay by Jaques Tchamkerten and all the lyrics.