French composer, Joseph Canteloube (1879-1957) is best known for his Cinq Chants D'Auvergne. Composed between 1923 and 1930 for Soprano and Orchestra, Chris Allen's arrangement of the popular work for Soprano, Wind Quintet and Harp enforces the composition's favour.
The Cinq Chants D'Auvergne are a collection of five folksongs from the Auvergne region of France. Composed in the local language of Occitan, the best known of the five songs is the second, Baïlèro, which to this day, remains frequently performed and recorded. Famous Sopranos who have recorded Canteloube's much loved work include, Madeleine Grey, Dawn Upshaw, Sarah Brightman and Barbara Streisand. For all Wind Quintets, Sopranos and Harpists seeking exciting ensemble repertoire, Canteloube's Cinq Chants D'Auvergne ensures a sublime performance for both performers and audiences alike.