Performed by baritone Julien Van Mellaerts and pianist James Baillieu. Introduced by Julien Van Mellaerts.
Ravel's Histoires naturelles are setting of five prose poems by Jules Renard, taken from his collection of ironic vignettes of human and animal behaviour.
The three songs performed by Van Mellaerts and Baillieu are about birds:
Le paon (The Peacock)
Le cygne (The Swan)
La pintade (The Guinea Fowl)
Recorded by RNZ in the Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber, Hamilton, 10 April 2019
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay