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Louis VIERNE, a man not generally known as a song writer, set to music several series of poems that resonated well with the difficult circumstances of his own life.

Inspired by such poets as Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine and Jean Richepin, Vierne gave full flight to his imagination in these depictions of every human condition from ecstasy to despair. The scenery ranges from the cold stillness of a winter's day to the full fury of a ferocious storm and includes all manner of living creatures, from butterflies and birds to angels and witches. Vierne's pianistic treatment reflects the poetry, sometimes hauntingly beautiful and delicate, at other times fiercely passionate and symphonic in scope and scale.

This double-album contains all of Vierne's major song cycles for voice and piano, plus the five Histoires naturelles by Ravel, an almost exact contemporary of Vierne (they both died in 1937). It includes two songs that have never been recorded.

The Ravel songs are settings of prose poems by Jules Renard featuring humorous tales about birds and insects. See them brought to life on YouTube.

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CORINNE ORDE AND JONATHAN COHEN: Louis Vierne - Mélodies
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