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CD The Cantata for Three Voices
by Paul Claudel



Musical theater- Recording of the  theatrical and musical play: the Cantata for three voice by Paul Claudel

Three women, on the night of the summer solstice, one engaged, the other estranged from her husband, the third widow, invoke, summon the loved one, the absent. A hymn to Woman and Desire. The absolute grace of Claudel’s poetry combined with an original, sensitive and inspired musical score by Tarik Benouarka

Music: Tarik Benouarka – Daniele Meyrieux as Beata – Pauline Moingeon Valles as Fausta – Mélodie Le Blay  as  Laeta – Cello: Eléonore Siala Bernhardt – Recording and Director: Tarik Benouarka

Recording September 2018 in Tarik Benouarka’s studio.

Price: 10,99€



  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Author: Paul Claudel
  • Composer: Tarik Benouarka
  • Editions : Gallimard
  • Production : 21-22

“Happiness is of this very hour when we miss the one our heart loves” Fausta in La Cantate à Trois Voix.

Out of time, projected towards a certain eternity, three women, in the three ages of life, three faces that complete each other as one, one night, meet… and each then let’s rise in her, the long singing of her expectations… as if all things were defined by their vacuity, the night becomes the setting of all thoughts.

They invoke, they summon, their absent one, their loved one. And each has her own story while little by little emerges the intimate drama that resembles the struggle of desire and the possible.

Laeta speaks first. She is celebrating the fiancé, the promised one. The one who is still only a dream and whom she does not know.In turn, comes Fausta… the exile… she’s talking… powerful… a warrior. She addresses the one who is so far from her and who was her companion. Finally, comes Beata. She whispers the mourning of the one who is no longer… her husband and love beyond life.

If the man does not appear, it is because he is more alive, even more present in the imagination of these three women.

It is about life as a trajectory, it is about exile and death, expectation, pain, hope,  destiny, whose paths will not be fixed by circumstances… but through love.

The work is a hymn to Woman and Desire…

Writer: Paul Claudel

Playwright, poet and novelist

Born in 1868 in Champagne, Paul Claudel, at fifteen, wrote his first dramatic essay:  L’Endormie, then, in the 90s, his first symbolist dramas (Tête d’Or, La Ville).

1886 proved decisive in his encounter with faith, which marked all his work.

In addition to his activities as a writer, for nearly forty years Paul Claudel had a career as a diplomat, which led him to travel the world, from the United States to China, Japan and various European capitals.  

His work is imbued with a powerful lyricism. It is from the Bible that he borrows his preferred form of writing, the verse, which he uses as much in his poetry (Five Great Odes), his philosophic-poetic treatise (The East I Know, Poetic Art) as for his theatre (Break of noon).

Works of maturity, the dramatic trilogy:  The Ostage, Le Pain dur, Le Pére humilié, then The Announcement to Mary and finally The Satin Shoe, his capital work, were to bring him a deserved glory.

He was elected to the French Academy in 1946 and died in 1955.

Composer: Tarik Benouarka

Composer, poet, creator of shows and opera

French artist born in Algiers, Tarik Benouarka began learning music at the age of 4 before continuing his musical studies in Paris, where he won a first prize for Instrument and Harmony.

Multi-instrumentalist (piano, oud and percussion) he is passionate about many forms of contemporary music, collaborating with big names in cinema and entertainment (Blain, Mugler, Beyonce, Higelin, Jacno…), developing through these experiences his own musical colours and forging his style and writing, before addressing the art of drama writing and opera in which he expresses all his passions: music, poetry and singing, dramaturgy and all the performing arts.

For more than a decade, he has been developing a repertoire of classical, lyrical, choral and instrumental compositions in which all his influences and inspirations are expressed, often intertwining East and West.

Some examples of his latest creations:

– El Nafas, Arabic-language opera
– Silencio, concerto for oboe and strings in E minor
– Ramâd, symphonic poems for piano and viola
– Issue, ballet music by Eugenie Andrin
– The Wyld, musical by Thierry Mugler
– Days and Nights of the Heart Tree, opera-ballet
– Nâram Legend,, oratorio for Organ and Choir
-The Cantata for Three Voices by Paul Claudel, musical theater

Work in progress

-Djamila: Opera in 2 acts
-Qais Wa Leila: Arabic fresco, Opera
-A symphonic Mass in Aramaic for Orchestra, Choir and Vocal Soloists

More information on Tarik Benouarka’s website

1-First dialogue (D1: 4mn50)
2-Song of the Rose (C I: 4mn04)
3-Second dialogue (D2 : 1mn30)
4- Song of the Rhone (C II: 5mn17)
5-Third dialogue (D3: 2mn02)
6-Song of the Vine (C III: 4mn03)
7-Fourth dialogue (D4: 1mn)
8-Song of the Divided People (C IV: 5:30)
9-Fifth dialogue (D5: 1mn)
10-Song of the Inner Chamber (C V: 3mn40
11-Sixth Dialogue (D6: 2mn40)
12-Song of wandering tanks (C VI: 2mn57)
13-Seventh Dialogue (D7: 0mn7s)
14-Song of Gold (C VII: 3mn34)
15-Eighth Dialogue (D8: 1mn43)
16-Hard Heart Song (C VIII: 4mn12)
17-Ninth Dialogue (D9: 2mn04)
18-Perfume Song (C IX: 4mn46)
19-Tenth Dialogue (D10: 1mn 39)
20-Shadow Song (CX: 4mn 55)

Additional information

Weight 23 g