Legrand: The Summer Knows

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Entre elle et lui: Natalie Dessay Sings Michel Legrand

Entre elle et lui: Natalie Dessay Sings Michel Legrand


Chanson de Delphine (from the movie Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)

Le Cinéma

Chanson de Delphine à Lancien (from the movie Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)

Papa can you hear me? (from Yentl)

Recette pour un Cake d'Amour (from the movie Peau d'Âne)

La valse des lilas

Les moulins de mon coeur

L'âme soeur à l'hameçon

What are you doing the rest of your life?

Chanson des jumelles (from the movie Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)

Le rouge et le noir

Conseil de la Fée Lilas (from the movie Peau d'Âne)

Duo de Guy et Geneviève (from the movie Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)

with Laurent Naouri (bass-baritone)

La chanson de Louba

La chanson

Paris Violon

The Summer Knows

Mon dernier concert

Natalie Dessay (soprano) & Catherine Michel (harp), Patricia Petibon (soprano)

After her triumphs in the world’s great opera houses, Natalie Dessay crosses over. A tribute to the legendary Michel Legrand who has scored some of the most famous musical soundtracks.

This autumn, starting in fine fashion with two concerts at Paris’ legendary ‘music hall’ the Olympia, she undertakes a tour of France with the celebrated composer and jazz pianist Michel Legrand.

Legrand trained at the Paris Conservatoire with no less a teacher than Nadia Boulanger and is known around the world for his haunting music for Jacques Demy’s 1964 film Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), and for his work in Hollywood, which has brought him three Oscars: for his scores for the 1983 Barbra Streisand film Yentl and the 1971 film The Summer of’42, and for his song, ‘The Windmills Of Your Mind’, from the 1968 Steve McQueen movie The Thomas Crown Affair.

Dessay first became aware of Legrand at the age of six or so, when she saw another film directed by Jacques Demy, the fairy tale Peau d’âne. “At the time, I would never have imagined singing with him. Now we are good friends and I am lucky enough to work with him on a regular basis ... I think Michel Legrand is a genius, just as Mozart was a genius. He is also a melodic virtuoso. You hear two notes and you know it’s one of his songs.” Dessay describes popular song as “an art that can demand great refinement. A song like Georges Brassens ‘Saturne’ has as much value, for me, as an opera by Bellini. In opera, you open up and let go. In a popular song, like when your singing German lieder or French art-song, you have to concentrate your voice – to learn to say a lot with less power, especially if you are using a microphone.”

The album that Dessay and Legrand have recorded together is Entre elle et lui (Between Her and Him). With a focus on voice, piano, bass and drums, it includes Legrand’s Oscar-winners, a duet from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg – which brings Dessay together with her husband, the bass-baritone Laurent Naouri, the Lilac Fairy’s song from Peau d’âne (as sung in the film by the enchanting Delphine Seyrig), and the sisters’ sassy duet from Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, performed in Jacques Demy’s film by Catherine Deneuve and her real-life sister Françoise Dorléac, but appropriated here (in this) album by Dessay and fellow soprano Patricia Petitbon. A further special guest on the album is the distinguished harpist Catherine Michel, who is also Michel Legrand’s wife.

“Treat yourself or a needy Francophile to this delicious if unlikely combination...She is breathy, sexy, passionate and wonderfully virtuosic in the tongue-twisting Chanson de Delphine...And Windmills of Your Mind sounds so much better in French.” The Times, 16th November 2013 ****

Erato - 9341452



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Lumieres - Kaori Muraji

Lumieres - Kaori Muraji

A popular collection of French favourites arranged for solo guitar.


Fantasie pour guitare


Préludes - Book 1: No. 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin

arr. Jack Marshall

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

arr. Eduardo Sáinz de la Maza


Saudade No. 3 (from Trois Saudades)


Two Barcarolles, Op. 60


The Summer Knows

arr.David Butterworth


Gymnopédie No. 1

arr. Kleynjans

Gymnopédie No. 3

arr. Christopher Parkening

Gnossienne No. 1

arr. Francis Kleynjans


Water Color Scalor

Kaori Muraji (guitar)

Decca - E4757651

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My Love

My Love

A selection of romantic songs for Valentine's Day, including:


L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Près des remparts de Séville (Séguedille) (from Carmen)



Come Sunday

My Love


The Summer Knows

Lindberg, N:

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day (Text: William Shakespeare)


Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Voi che sapete (from Le nozze di Figaro)


Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera


Una voce poco fa (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Malena Ernman (Mezzo-Soprano), Mats Bergström (guitar), Magnus Lindgren (clarinet/flute), Hans Backenroth (double bass)




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Michel Legrand plays Michel Legrand

Michel Legrand plays Michel Legrand


Les Parapluies de Cherbourg: I will wait for you

The Windmills of your Mind

The Summer knows

How do you keep the music playing?

(from Best Friends)

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg: Watch what happens

What are you doing the rest of your life?

His eyes, her eyes

(from The Thomas Crown Affair)

The hands of time

(from Brian's Song)

Ordinary man

(from Le Passe-muraille)

Summer me, Winter me

(from The Picasso Summer)

You must believe in Spring

(from Les demoiselles de Rochefort)

Once Upon A Summertime

L'Amour fantôme

(from L'Amour fantôme)

Yentl (music from the film) : Papa can you hear me , Yentl (music from the film) : The way he makes me feel , Yentl (music from the film) : A piece of sky ,

Michel Legrand (piano)

Decca - 4685122

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