Songs of the Auvergne

The artist whose performance popularized these works

Joseph Canteloube‘s stirring collection of folk songs from the Auvergne region of central France are sung in the area’s native Occitan language (a close relative of Catalan).  The sweetness of soprano Netania Davrath‘s voice captures the warmth and charm of these arrangements in splendid fashion.  Awarded the exalted Rosette by the Penguin Guide, its highest honor for a recording.

 

“It was Davrath who pioneered (the first) complete recording of Canteloube’s delightful settings of songs from the Auvergne region of France… Her voice has a lovely, sweet purity and freedom, she also brings a special kind of colour and life to these infinitely varied settings… Accompaniments are freshly idiomatic, warm but not over-upholstered, and this CD transfer retains all the sparkle and atmosphere” (Penguin Guide Rosette)