This disc is the product of 5 years of archival research and study. It features material never before recorded and represents the most complete treatment of Vierne’s song cycles available today.
Rachel Santesso studied voice at the Conservatorio di Verona in Italy and the Conservatory of Victoria. She made her professional debut as soprano soloist with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra under Peter McCoppin when she was 19, and has since appeared with major orchestras, ensembles and artists at venues and festivals around the world.
She became interested in Louis Vierne while an organ scholar in Canada, and later began looking for his forgotten song repertoire.
1. Les Angélus for voice and organ Op.57
2. Extase! Op.13
Spleens et Détresses for voice and piano, Op.38:
3. Dans l ’interminable ennui de la plaine
4. Un grand sommeil noir
6. Promenade sentimentale
7. A une femme
9. Le son du cor
11. Les faux beaux jours
Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire for voice and piano, Op.45
15. Le flambeau vivant
16. La cloche fêlée
17. Les hiboux
Quatre Poèmes Grecs Op.60:
18. Offrande à pan
19. Le repos
20. Chanson pour avril
21. Offrande à Kypris