Schumann: Dichterliebe/ Aus alten Marchen winkt es
Schumann: Dichterliebe/ Die alten, bosen Lieder
Ravel: Don Quichotte/ I. Chanson romantique
Ravel: Don Quichotte/ II. Chanson epique
Ravel: Don Quichotte/ III. Chanson a boire
Ravel: 4 poemes/ Prelude
Ravel: 4 poemes/ Tendrement enlaces, ma chere
Ravel: 4 poemes/ Pourquoi vois-je palir la rose
Ravel: 4 poemes/Ceux qui, parmi les morts d'amour
Ravel: 4 poemes/ Depuis que nul rayon de tes yeux
Ravel: 4 poemes/ Postlude
Ravel: 3 Tennyson Songs/ Swallow, swallow
Ravel: 3 Tennyson Songs/ Dark House
Ravel: 3 Tennyson Songs/ The Sailor-boy
Philippe Sly :
"A Canadian bass‐baritone with a beautiful, blooming tone and magnetic stage presence", wrote the San Francisco Chronicle in August 2011. Winner of the Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award at the last Montreal International Musical Competition and RadioCanada's "Revelation classique 201213, the bass‐baritone Philippe Sly offers a first album based on texts by Heinrich Heine. It includes Robert Schumann's sublime Dichterliebe (The Poet's Love), Guy Ropartz's Four poems after Heinrich Heine's "Intermezzo", Maurice Ravel's Don Quixote to Dulcinea and the first recording of Three Tennyson Songs by British composer Jonathan Dove. Michael McMahon accompanies the young singer on the piano. During a recital just a few days before the start of the MIMC, Claude Gingras of La Presse praised his maturity and the power of his performance:
"The singer penetrated the meaning of each word and goes to the essence of the work."
"As soon as we knew we would have an opportunity to work on this album together, Michael McMahon suggested we record Guy Ropartz's 4 Poemes de l'Intermezzo," explains Philippe Sly. "I was struck by the depth of feeling and immediacy in Ropartz's setting of Heine's poetry. Heine's Lyrisches Intermezzo also happens to be the source of Schumann's celebrated song‐cycle Dichterliebe. These poems are preceded by a prologue in prose about an errant knight in love with a fair maiden. One is immediately reminded of Don Quixote and his elusive Dulcinea."
The program is completed by Jonathan Dove's Three Tennyson Songs (premiered in April 2011 by the singer). The prolific composer already wrote more than 20 operas, including Flight, Tobias and the Angel, The Palace in the Sky, Man on the Moon and The Adventures of Pinocchio. "I wrote Three Tennyson Songs as a gift for Philippe Sly, in celebration of a musical friendship. When we first met in Banff in the summer of 2009, I was amazed by the sheer beauty of his voice, and the confidence of his musicianship."
Philippe Sly has won numerous important prizes on top of the MIMC's First Prize, such as the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions Competition in 2011, the Prix Jeune Soliste 2012 des Radios Francophones Publiques and the Brian Law Opera Scholarship in Ottawa in 2010. Recently Philippe has performed the role of Bartolo in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia at San Francisco Opera's Merola Program and Sitos in the Salzburg Festival's 2012 production of Peter von Winters' Das Labyrinth. In concert Philippe has appeared as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal the Choeur St‐Laurent and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. In recital he has worked extensively with renowned pianist Michael McMahon, who's Song Interpretation Class at McGill University was formative in Philippe's musical training and appreciation.