J’aime l’amour

French Love Songs by Bizet, Massenet, Hahn

Vinson Cole, tenor
Patrick Stephens, piano

American lyric tenor Vinson Cole offers his first recital album on Delos. This program of lovely French songs allows the listener to enjoy Cole’s “sweetly purling timbre entirely free of tonal impurities.” (New York Magazine) – One of the artists “discovered” by Herbert von Karajan, Cole is known to record buyers as the tenor soloist in four Karajan recordings: Der Rosenkavalier, the Mozart Requiem, and the Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Missa Solemnis. “Cole instantly captures attention with a pliant voice of striking clarity, a sweetly purling timbre entirely free of tonal impurities. The upper third of his range – that all-important area for a tenor who wants to sing a lot of opera -has an appealingly heady, open, and easy resonance…” New York Magazine “a clear, noble voice…an aesthetic beauty, the timbre especially beautiful in his piano singing, which has a quality beyond comparison…” Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin

BIZET: J’aime l’amour – Chanson d’avril – Absence – La chanson du fou
MASSENET: Ouvre tes yeux bleus – Berceuse – Sonnet – Elegie – Nuit d’espagne – Stances – Vous aimerez demain
HAHN: A Chloris – Le rossignol des lilas – Si mes vers avaient des ailes – L’heure exquise – Cantique – D’une prison – Infidelite – Paysage – Le souvenir d’avoir chante