CD Duration: 49.12 / Year: 2019
Songs for Soprano (Mi Ja Kim) and Organ (Jean-Marie Fritz).
Featuring Western & Korean Melodies at the Organ of the Temple Protestant Church, Dijon and Saint-Bernard Church of Fontaine-les-Dijon.
Au Pays de L’Espoir (1.27) [Hyun Jae Hyun] Visage (2.43) [Kwi Bok Shin] Chant d’Oiseaux (3.20) [Tu Nam Cho] Chanson des Marins (2.29) [Tu Nam Cho] Sure on This Shining Night (2.42) [Samuel Barber] Clair de Lune (3.15) [Gabriel Fauré] Fleurs d’Azalées (4.0)9 [Dong Jin Kim] Süsse Stille, Sanfte Quelle (5.35) [George F. Handel] Mon Coeur (3.17) [Dong Jin Kim] Nuage des Fleurs (2.30) [Heung Lyul Lee] Psaume 23 (4.03) [Deok Shin Choi] Shin Arirang (3.22) [Dong Jin Kim] Laudate Pueri [Psalm 112] (3.57) [Antonio Vivaldi] Le Jardin Féerique (3.22) [Maurice Ravel]
Check out the YouTube video of Mi Ja Kim accompanied by Jean-Marie Fritz singing Samuel Barber’s “Sure on This Shining Night” from this CD.
In deciding to make this recording, my intention is to mix Western music, both Baroque (Vivaldi, Handel) and post-Romantic (Fauré, Barber) with Korean melodies, which are themselves marked by European Romanticism, since the composers of these melodies are contemporary and are familiar with western classical music. This journey is between the West and the East and through various languages (Korean, Latin, French, German, English) and is a voyage through the four seasons. These Korean melodies, and more widely the poetry of my native country, evoke the seasons and the beauty of nature; it is sensitive and very rich in poetry that meets the European poetry of Romanticism. These Korean melodies are usually accompanied in Korea on the piano or by a symphony orchestra. We chose the Organ because this instrument gives an original touch to the sound colour that highlights the originality and specificity of each song. The Organ is an instrument that relies on wind just as the voice does and refers to both the Baroque tradition and the orchestra by its symphonic nature. So another way to associate the East with the West.
Mi Ja Kim Born in Korea, Kim received a singing diploma from the music department of the National University of Chonnam in 1991 and the highest degree in singing lessons from the National Conservatory of Chalon-Sur-Saone, France. She attended piano lessons at the Honam Seminar’s Continuing Education Course in Korea and established a music school in Korea. In 2003, Kim moved to Dijon, France, where she graduated with singing, harpsichord, musical analysis, theory, chamber and choir degrees at the National Conservatory of Dijon. Kim has also studied at the music therapy department of the Schola Cantorum in Paris from 2004 to 2006. Kim is a recital soloist and currently directs the choir of amis Voix in France.
Jean-Marie FRITZ, studied classical philology and french literature at Paris (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Agrégation, PhD) and also studied the organ with Pierre Vidal at the Conservatory of Strasbourg, and then with Jean-Paul Imbert at Schola Cantorum in Paris in 1987 where Fritz unanimously received his concert diploma. From 1986 to 1988, Fritz studied with Jean Guillou during the Summer Master Classes course at Alpe d’Huez and Zurich. In 1991, he won the first prize at UFAM’s Competition at the Saint-Eustache church (Paris). Jean-Marie Fritz is currently organist of the Saint-Bernard church in Fontaine-lès-Dijon, France, and professor of French medieval literature at the University of Burgundy.
Produced and live mixed, recorded direct to DSD 5.6 mHz by Jake Purches.
DSD and CD mastering by Tom Caulfield.
Graphic design – Jake Purches and Gary Marsh.
Thanks to Mr and Mrs LABORDE for their assistance.
Recorded (Tracks 1 to 5) at Temple Protestant de-Dijon.
Recorded (Tracks 6 to 14) at Saint-Bernard de Fontaine-les Dijon, France 16/08/2019.
Published by Base2 Music, © & ® 2019 Base2 Music, UK www.base2music.store
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Merci beucoup / Thank you to Jean-Paul Imbert for making this all possible.
Hyun Jae HYUN (1902-1960)
“In the land of hope.”
Tu Nam CHO (1912-1984)
“Song of the sailors”, melody from a poem by Ho Seuk
“Song of birds”, melody from a poem by Hee Kyung Park
Kwi Bok SHIN (1937-)
“Face” Melody after a poem by Bong Suk Shim
Dong Jin KIM (1913-2009)
“Azalea flowers”, melody from a poem by So Wol KIM (1902-1934)
“My heart”, melody from a poem by Dong Myung KIM (1900-1968)
Heung Lyul LEE (1909-1980) – “Clouds of flowers”, melody after a poem by Du Jin PARK
Deok Shin CHOI (1962-)
Dong Jin KIM (1913-2009)
“Shin Arirang”, melody after a poem by Myung Mun YANG (1913-1985)
Samuel BARBER (1910-1981)
“Sure in this shining Night”, melody after a poem by James Agee (1909-1955).
Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741)
“Laudate”, extract of Laudate pueri (RV 601).
Georg Friedrich HAENDEL (1685-1759)
“Süsse Stille, sanfte Quelle”, from the German airs (1724-1726).
Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924)
“Moonlight”, melody after a poem by Verlaine (1887).
“The Fairy Garden”.