Sunday Gramophone with another installment of discs from French Radio. This time it's music of Louis Aubert as performed by Mezzo-Soprano Irma Kolassi with the Orchestra of The French Radio conducted by Pierre-Michel LeConte in 1950.
June 5, 2011

Irma Kolassi - widely loved singer and teacher.

Digging through the Transcriptions of French Radio again this week. It's music of Louis Aubert as performed by legendary mezzo-Soprano Irma Kolassi with the Orchestra of the French Radio conducted by Pierre-Michel LeConte in radio performances from 1950.

Three of the six Poemes Arabes (1. Le Visage Penche` 2. Le Vaincu 3. Le Destin) and the Orchestral tone poem Tomb of Chateaubriand, all Radio Studio performances.

From looking at her biographies Irma Kolassi, although she was a much loved singer and teacher, was not that prolific in the recording studio. So the performances I'm posting today are rather rare and have, in all probabilities, not been re-isssued by anyone. So this may be a first for you, if you're a collector.

In any case, these are wonderful performances, not only of the Poemes but also the bigger orchestral Chateaubriand. A sadly neglected composer these days whose work is of the highest order.

But don't take my word for it.

Hit "play" and enjoy.

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