Renée Fleming and Susan Graham Sing French Songs

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Soprano Renée Fleming and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham team up for a duo recital of French song literature from the 19th century, joined by Bradley Moore on piano. The two American divas previously appeared together in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, staged in 2000 and 2009 at the Metropolitan Opera.

The music here was written during the belle époque era, roughly 1880 to World War I, and includes composers like Offenbach, Fauré, Saint-Saens and Messager. The formal program ends with the famous "Flower Duet" from Delibes's Lakmé.

The broadcast begins at 8 pm, with a live chat and Twitter conversation taking place here starting 7:30 pm, using Twitter hashtag #CHLive.

Program

    SAINT-SAËNS "Pastorale"
    SAINT-SAËNS "Viens"
    SAINT-SAËNS "El desdichado"
    FAURÉ "Puisqu’ici bas," Op. 10, No. 1
    FAURÉ "Pleurs d’or," Op. 72
    FAURÉ Pavane in F-sharp Minor, Op. 50
    FAURÉ "Tarentelle," Op. 10, No. 2
    DEBUSSY "Clair de lune"
    DEBUSSY "Mandoline"
    DEBUSSY "Beau soir"
    DELIBES "Les filles de Cadix"
    HAHN "Le rossignol des lilas"
    HAHN "Infidélité"
    HAHN "Fêtes galantes"
    HAHN "Le printemps"
    BERLIOZ "La mort d'Ophélie," Op. 18, No. 2
    ANDRÉ MESSAGER "Blanche-marie et Marie-Blanche" from Les P'tites Michu
    OFFENBACH Barcarolle from Les contes d’Hoffmann
    DELIBES "Duo des fleurs" from Lakmé

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    Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and soprano Renée Fleming performed a duo recital of French songs at Carnegie Hall on Jan. 27, 2013.
    Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and soprano Renée Fleming performed a duo recital of French songs at Carnegie Hall on Jan. 27, 2013. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
    Soprano Renée Fleming accompanied by Bradley Moore on piano.
    Soprano Renée Fleming accompanied by Bradley Moore on piano. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
    Susan Graham and Renée Fleming.
    Susan Graham and Renée Fleming. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
    Susan Graham accompanied by Bradley Moore on piano.
    Susan Graham accompanied by Bradley Moore on piano. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
    Susan Graham and Renée Fleming.
    Susan Graham and Renée Fleming. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
    Renée Fleming accompanied by Bradley Moore on piano.
    Renée Fleming accompanied by Bradley Moore on piano. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
    Susan Graham and Renée Fleming (after a dress change during intermission). There was  a lot of hugging and hamming it up during the performance.
    Susan Graham and Renée Fleming (after a dress change during intermission). There was a lot of hugging and hamming it up during the performance. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
    Susan Graham and Renée Fleming
    Susan Graham and Renée Fleming ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
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