Seductive, sunny and sensational. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham stars in a concert of French favourites conducted by David Robertson.
A star of the operatic stage and the concert hall, Susan Graham is renowned for her interpretation of elegant French songs, which she performs with insight and affection.
She’s the ideal exponent of Canteloube’s jewel-like settings of dreamy, funny and sexy folk songs from the Auvergne region. His Songs of the Auvergne include the famous ‘Baïlero’, in which shepherd and shepherdess sing their love across the valleys.
The finale of Saint-Saëns’ ‘Organ’ Symphony pulls out all the stops in one of the most exultant of big tunes for full orchestra and the Concert Hall’s Grand Organ. But there are many other delightful moments in Saint-Saëns’ perfectly constructed magnum opus: rippling pianos, sparkling woodwinds and voluptuous strings.
Chabrier’s España is an irresistible sun-drenched visit to Spain – an image of guitars and flamenco sketched in the brightest colours.
‘‘Graham’s voice is an instrument of extraordinary tonal control, yet seems utterly effortless in production…’’
Sydney Morning Herald