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06 Jan 2007

Lille célèbre la musique de Canteloube, l'Auvergnat,1-0@2-3246,36-852696@51-813901,0.html

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Le compositeur Joseph Canteloube (1879-1957) est un inconnu célèbre : ses arrangements de Chants d'Auvergne qu'il a collectés, harmonisés, orchestrés et assemblés en cinq recueils, publiés entre 1924 et 1957, ont fait sa réputation. Ces airs en langue occitane, relevés dans sa région natale du Sud de l'Auvergne, ont été enregistrés par les plus grandes cantatrices - surtout étrangères : Kiri Te Kanawa, Frederica von Stade, Victoria de los Angeles, Dawn Upshaw et Natania Davrath qui, la première, en a gravé l'intégrale en 1963 (2CD Vanguard Classics).

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