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Music Composed by Georges Delerue 

Performed by Vocal Ensemble La Chapelle du Prince de Conti, Exavocem & Pro Homine

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To mark the 30th anniversary of Georges Delerue's passing (1925-2022), this CD release pays tribute to his classical and vocal music, which until now had been largely lacking from his discography.

Delerue’s film music is well known and loved, but his abundant concert music output is also well worth discovering, as shown in this recording. 

Sixty singers, two vocal soloists and twenty-two musicians enthusiastically participated in this wild adventure.

The centerpiece of the CD is an oratorio for mixed choir, solo baritone and instrumental ensemble: "Trois Prières pour les Temps de Détresse", premiered in 1983 at the Choralies de Vaison-la-Romaine, had never been recorded until now.

Delerue’s song cycles on poems by Paul Eluard, for baritone and piano, and for soprano and piano, have also been recorded for the first time.

As for his two cantatas for a cappella choir, a previous recording was originally released, but never enjoyed wide distribution.

The final selection on the CD consists of five excerpts from his opera "Le Chevalier de Neige", the fruit of his beautiful collaboration with Boris Vian, premiered in 1957 at the Opéra de Nancy. It is quite a unique testimony, as the original recording has been lost.

Whether tonal, atonal, or polytonal, Georges Delerue’s classical music reveals a refined, radiant lyricism while fully asserting its modernity. An abashedly free and independent spirit throughout his life, Delerue crafted and perfected a deeply personal voice in the music world, leaving us with a rich legacy which encompasses many musical forms and genres. 

1 - Dedans Paris - 1956. (1:45) 
Texte de Clément Marot, pour Baryton et Piano

2 - Tant que mes yeux - 1955. (1:40) 
Sonnet de Louise Labé, pour Soprano et Piano

3 - Chanson de Fortunio - 1977. (1:50) 
Texte d’Alfred de Musset, pour Baryton et Piano

4 - Étranges étrangers - 1989. (5:00) 
Paroles de Jacques Prévert pour Soprano solo et Choeur 

5 - Trois mélodies - 1973 
Poèmes de Paul Éluard pour Soprano et Piano 
Saint Alban (1:50), Un seul corps (2:00), Le baiser (1:20) 

6 - Vitrail - 1979. (11:00) Pour ensemble de Cuivres 

7 - Trois mélodies - 1990. (5:40) 
On ne peut me connaître, (0:50) 
Tu te lèves l’eau se déplie, (1:50) 
Son avidité n’a d’égal que moi. (3:40) 
Poèmes de Paul Éluard pour Baryton et Piano

8 - En allant avec le fleuve - 1974. (4:00) 
Texte de Micheline Gautron - Cantate pour Choeur

9 - Le chevalier de neige - 1957. 
Complainte de la Reine (Acte I Scène VI), (3:20) 
air de Merlin (Acte II Scène IV bis), (2:20) 
air de Morgane (Acte III Scène IV bis), (2:10) 
air de Lancelot (Acte III Scène VI), (1:00) 
Choeur final (Acte III Final) (1:40) 
Extrait de l’opéra sur un livret de Boris Vian 
Pour Soprano, Baryton, choeur et Ensemble Instrumental 

10 - Trois Prières pour les Temps de Détresse - 1983. (18:00)  
Oratorio pour Baryton, Choeur et Ensemble Instrumental  
Créé aux Xlème Choralies de Vaison-la-Romaine

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