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Songs of the Earth, with Jennifer Forni

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Songs of the Earth, with Jennifer Forni

OREGON MUSIC FESTIVAL

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THU, JUN 28, 2018, 7:30 PM
First Baptist Church
909 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

 

Jennifer Forni, lyric soprano
Orpheus Academy Orchestra
Jetro de Oliveira, conductor

Ms. Forni as Madama Butterfly is at the top of her game...
— Russian American Weekly

Songs of the Earth, with Jennifer Forni

Come and bask in the stunningly beautiful arrangements of Joseph Canteloube's folk songs from the Southern region of France. Star soprano Jennifer Forni was chosen for her gorgeous voice and expressive lyricism. Haydn's great symphony closes the concert with a thunder.

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Jennifer Forni

Praised for her "warm, gleaming lyric soprano" voice (Washington Post), American soprano Jennifer Forni is quickly distinguishing herself as a dynamic singer possessing the raw yet luxurious power of a classic full lyric soprano.  Always “attentive to the subtler points of interpretive expression” (The Baltimore Sun), Ms. Forni, while possessing a “fuller lyric sound” (Opera News) has maintained the ability to float stunningly-spun pianissimo above the staff.

The heart of the opening night cast was soprano Jennifer Forni...
— San Jose Mercury News

Program:

Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne (selections)
     Baïlero
     Trois Bourrées
           a) L’aìo dè ratso
           b) Ound’ onorè gorda?
           c) Obal din lou Limouzi
       L’Antouèno
Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture
Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne (selections) 
        Perl' enfat
        Quand z'eyro petitoune
        Malurous qu'o uno fenno
Haydn: Symphony No. 104 "London"

  Jetro de Oliveira, conductor

Jetro de Oliveira, conductor

Joseph Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne (selections)

French composer, pianist and musicilogist Marie-Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, better known as Joseph Canteloube, was born in Annonay on 21 October 1879 to a family from the Auvergne region, France. He first studied the piano then entered the Schola Cantorum where he worked with Vincent d’Indy. Canteloube composed chamber music, songs, symphonic scores with or without voice, an opera Le Mas – a celebration of the Auvergne for which he wrote the libretto as well as the music, and a stage epic, Vercengétorix. He owes his current fame to his arrangements of many folksongs from the French regions.

Canteloube wrote that a transcribed folk song "is like a pressed flower, dry and dead - to breathe life into it one needs to see and feel its native hills, scents and breezes". He provided evocative orchestral accompaniments to many of the songs from the Auvergne, in order to breathe that life back into them. In effect, Cateloube's settings transcend the goal of the folk-song purist/musicologist in that they are transformed into something else -- a new piece of art that pays homage to its folk roots. It is this act of transcription and orchestration however that made Canteloube's name famous, and the result is often exceptionally beautiful. Chant d'Auvergne were issued in four volumes and are in the Auvergne dialect, which is a variant of the old south French language known as Langue d'Oc - an ancient tongue based on Latin with a smattering of Celtic words.