Debussy: Mandoline (Verlaine)

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Green - Melodies françaises on Verlaine’s poems

Green - Melodies françaises on Verlaine’s poems


Bordes:

O triste, triste etait mon ame

Promenade Sentimental

Brassens:

Colombine

Canteloube:

Colloque sentimental

Caplet:

Green

Chabrier:

Qui je suis, qui je suis (from Fish Ton Kan)

J'engraisse (from Fish Ton Kan)

Chausson:

Ecoutez la chanson bien douce

La lune blanche

Debussy:

Clair de lune (song)

Colloque sentimental

En sourdine

Fantoches

Green (No. 5 from Ariettes Oubliées)

Il pleure dans mon cœur (No. 2 from Ariettes Oubliées)

Le Faune

Les ingénus

Mandoline (Verlaine)

Fauré:

C'est l'extase langoureuse, Op. 58 No. 5 (Verlaine)

Clair de Lune, Op. 46 No. 2

En sourdine, Op. 58 No. 2 (Verlaine)

Green, Op. 58 No. 3 (Verlaine)

La Lune blanche luit dans les bois (No. 3 from La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61)

Mandoline, Op. 58 No. 1 (Verlaine)

Prison, Op. 83 No. 1

Spleen, Op. 51 No. 3 (Verlaine)

Ferré:

Colloque sentimentale

Écoutez la chanson bien douce

Hahn, R:

Chanson de l'automne

D'une prison

En Sourdine

L'heure exquise

Honegger:

Un Grand Sommeil Noir

Koechlin:

Il pleure dans mon cœur, Op. 22 No. 4

Massenet:

Rêvons c'est l'heure

Saint-Saëns:

Le vent dans la plane (Verlane)

Schmitt, F:

Il pleure dans mon coeur

Severac:

Le ciel est, par-dessus le toit ...

Szulc:

Clair De Lune Op. 83 No. 1

Trenet:

Chanson d'automne

Varèse:

Un grand sommeil noir

Wieniawska:

Mandoline

La lune blanche

En sourdine


Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor), Jerome Ducros (piano) & Nathalie Stutzmann (contralto)

Quatuor Ebène

Philippe Jaroussky talks to Presto's Katherine Cooper about Green here.

In his second album of French song from the 19th and 20th centuries – following the ground-breaking Opium, released in 2009 – countertenor Philippe Jaroussky explores settings of poems by Paul Verlaine (1844-96). One of France’s most revered fin-de-siècle poets and a pioneer of the decadent and symbolist movements, Verlaine famously declared his philosophy in the first line of Art poétique in 1874: ‘De la musique avant toute chose’ – ‘music before all else.’ In his poetry, the sound and the shape of each line carries meaning and expression, adding resonance to the words, which often evoke a twilit world of ambiguous emotions.

Verlaine has duly inspired many French composers – from his contemporaries, such as Debussy (whose piano piece Clair de lune draws on the poem of the same name and features on this album), Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Massenet and Chabrier, through the following generation (Honegger and Varèse) to songwriters from the 1940s-1970s, including Georges Brassens, Charles Trenet and Léo Ferré.

The album takes its title from one of the poems in the collection Romances sans paroles (‘Songs without words’ – the musical connection again). Verlaine himself gave it an English name, ‘Green’, and there are no fewer than three settings in Jaroussky’s recital – by Debussy, Fauré and André Caplet, the latter best known for his orchestrations of Debussy piano music.

Jaroussky, speaking of a Verlaine setting by Reynaldo Hahn, has said that poet and composer “conveys a feeling of both moonlit abstraction and of the allusive, but very sensual caress of the beloved. There is always a sensual element in Verlaine’s writing.”

That languorous yet understated sensuality belongs to a different world from the Baroque repertoire most closely associated with Jaroussky. When he recorded Opium with pianist Jérôme Ducros (who returns for the follow-up), he said: “Many people will probably wonder why a countertenor should sing these songs, but if you think about it, the countertenor voice as such has no repertoire of its own, except the modern music written specifically for it. For the most part we sing music written for castratos who – as we know – had very different voices from ours. So why not venture into other musical worlds if we feel they are suited to our voices?

“I’ve always felt a special affinity for French song,” he continues. “Even if a singer has to master a number of languages, his own language always retains a special flavour – especially French, which has so many vowels and secret nuances ... In Debussy, Massenet or Reynaldo Hahn, it’s all a matter of shades of colour.” It is this sensitive, insightful approach that Jaroussky brings to Green.

If the essence of this kind of French song can be elusive, Forum Opéra praised Jaroussky for capturing it in Opium: “His attention to diction, bringing it close to spoken language, draws out all the meaning of the poems. Thanks to his musical intelligence and long-breathed phrasing, each of these songs is spun out to the fullest effect ... They haunt the memory ...”

For Green, Philippe Jaroussky and Jérôme Ducros are joined by some distinguished guest artists: the contralto Nathalie Stutzmann (on whose Handel album Heroes from the Shadows, Jaroussky sang in duet), and the Ebène Quartet, whose award-winning recordings of French chamber music form a pillar of the Erato catalogue.

“may be the single most appealing and important French song recital this side of the largely excellent but sometimes uneven Fauré and Debussy discs on Hyperion...Throughout, Jaroussky's singing is immaculate, the singer and the song heard in a seamless bond, always beautifully supported by Jérôme Ducros.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2015

“Jaroussky is equally at home in the versions by post-war singer-songwriters Léo Ferré, Georges Brassens and Charles Trenet (he of La Mer fame). This is something very special and seductive.” Limelight Magazine, May 2015

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BBC Music Magazine Awards 2016

Vocal Winner

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Gérard Souzay sings Mélodies

Gérard Souzay sings Mélodies

Decca Most Wanted Recitals Vol. 45


Beethoven:

In questa tomba oscura, WoO.133

L'Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris, Edouard Lindenberg

Berlioz:

Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7

Dalton Baldwin (piano)

Bizet:

Absence

Dalton Baldwin (piano)

Chanson d'Avril

Dalton Baldwin (piano)

Chabrier:

L'ile heureuse

Dalton Baldwin (piano)

Villanelle des petits canards

Dalton Baldwin (piano)

Debussy:

Nuit d'étoiles

Dalton Baldwin (piano)

Recueillement

Dalton Baldwin (piano)

Ballade que Villon feit à la requeste de sa mère pour prier Nostre-Dame

L'Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris, Edouard Lindenberg

La Grotte

L'Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris, Edouard Lindenberg

Mandoline (Verlaine)

L'Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris, Edouard Lindenberg

Fauré:

Eau vivante (No. 6 from La chanson d'Eve, Op. 95)

Dalton Baldwin (piano)

Le parfum impérissable Op. 76 No. 1

Dalton Baldwin (piano)

Franck, C:

Nocturne

Dalton Baldwin (piano)

Ravel:

Don Quichotte à Dulcinée

L'Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris, Edouard Lindenberg


Gérard Souzay (baritone)

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Diana Damrau: Recital at Baden Baden & Documentary 'Diva Divina'

Diana Damrau: Recital at Baden Baden & Documentary 'Diva Divina'

From the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden


Debussy:

Nuit d'étoiles

Le Lilas

Fleur des blés (André Girod)

Clair de lune (song)

Mandoline (Verlaine)

Beau Soir

Apparition - song (1884)

Arabesque No. 1

Fauré:

Impromptu No. 6 in D flat major for harp, Op. 86

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

Clair de Lune, Op. 46 No. 2

Sérénade toscane Op. 3 No. 2

Les berceaux, Op. 23 No. 1

Adieu, Op. 21 No. 3, from Poème d'un jour

Notre amour Op. 23 No. 2

Gounod:

Ave Maria

Schumann:

Lied der Suleika, Op. 25 No. 9

Der Nussbaum, Op. 25 No. 3

Die Lotosblume, Op. 25 No. 7

Er ist's! Op. 79 No. 23 (Eduard Mörike)

Widmung, Op. 25 No. 1

Strauss, R:

Nichts, Op. 10 No. 2

Freundliche Vision, Op. 48 No. 1

All mein Gedanken ... Op. 21 No. 1

Wiegenlied, Op. 41 No. 1

Die Nacht, Op. 10 No. 3

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Kling! Op. 48 No. 3

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2


Diana Damrau (soprano) & Xavier de Maistre (harp)

This DVD, centered on the dazzling German soprano Diana Damrau, complements a ravishing recital with a fascinating documentary.

In March 2013, Damrau achieved “a daring victory” (in the words of the New York Times) when the Metropolitan Opera witnessed her first-ever performances of Verdi’s La traviata. In recent years she has made the transition from glittering, stratospheric roles such as Mozart’s Queen of the Night and Strauss’ Zerbinetta to lyrical heroines of greater emotional complexity, such as Gilda in Rigoletto, Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Lucia di Lammermoor. A series of triumphs at the Met have made her a favourite singer in New York – as she is in other leading opera houses around the world.

In the documentary, Diana Damrau – Diva Divina, the soprano explains that, when she was just 12 years old, it was La traviata (in Franco Zeffirelli’s lavish 1982 cinematic version) that inspired her to make a career in opera. The documentary, directed by Beatrix Conrad, follows Damrau over the course of nine months, covering operatic performances and rehearsals in Geneva, New York, Paris and Munich, recitals, recordings and the arrival of her first child, Alexander.

The recital, filmed at the impressive Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, pairs Damrau with the French harpist Xavier de Maistre in an exquisite selection of songs by Schumann, Fauré, Debussy and Strauss. Among the best-loved items in the programme are: Schumann’s ‘Widmung’; both Fauré’s and Debussy’s settings of Verlaine’s poem ‘Clair de lune’; Fauré’s ‘Après un rêve’; a harp arrangement of Debussy’s piano Arabesque No 1; Strauss’ ‘Morgen‘ and ‘Ständchen’ and, among the encores, the famed Bach-Gounod ‘Ave Maria’.

In the course of 2013, Damrau and de Maistre will also perform together in concert seasons in Washington D.C., Paris, Geneva, Lyon, Reykjavik, Hamburg, Munich and London and at festivals in Menton, Gstaad, Schwarzenberg and Grafenegg.

Reviewing the performance in Baden-Baden – for which the audience joined Damrau and de Maistre on the stage, rather than being distanced from them in the expansive auditorium – the Badische Neueste Nachrichten wrote of Damrau as a recitalist “whose vocal material and abilities as a storyteller approach perfection”, while the Badisches Tagblatt said:” Damrau’s diction is a pleasure, her vocal flexibility amazing. She sings phrases with ample breath, while her nuanced shadings create subtle changes of mood from song to song.” Die Rheinpfalz described the “gentle, sometimes ethereal tones of the harp” as being in perfect harmony with the “exceptionally subtle and detailed vocal art of the soprano … particularly exceptional are the delicate tracery and colours of Diana Damrau’s singing. Her shaping and accenting of the text is meticulous, her phrasing is of great sensitivity and her dynamics are richly nuanced, yet her song performances are never mannered, rather always full of lyrical feeling.”

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Melodies Francaises pour Bariton

Melodies Francaises pour Bariton


Chausson:

Les Papillons, Op. 2 No. 3 (Gautier)

Le temps des lilas

Le Colibri, Op. 2 No. 7 (de Lisle)

Le Charme, Op. 2 No. 2 (Silvestre)

Debussy:

Auprès de cette grotte sombre

Mandoline (Verlaine)

Duparc:

Chanson triste

L'Invitation au voyage

Fauré:

Cinq Melodies 'de Venise', Op. 58

Clair de Lune, Op. 46 No. 2

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

Au bord de l'eau, Op. 8 No. 1 (Prudhomme)

Arpège, Op. 76 No. 2 (Samain)

En sourdine, Op. 58 No. 2 (Verlaine)

L'horizon chimérique, Op. 118

Ravel:

Histoires naturelles (5)

Don Quichotte à Dulcinée

with Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Eduoard Lindberg


Gerard Souzay (baritone), Jacqueline Bonneau (piano)

Recorded 1950-1954

“France's equivalent of Fischer-Dieskau sings Fauré, Duparc and Ravel with characteristic expressive elegance that transcends the rather elderly recordings.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2006 *****

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Debussy Songs Volume 1

Debussy Songs Volume 1


Debussy:

Nuit d'étoiles

Fleur des blés (André Girod)

Voici que le printemps (Romance) (Paul Bourget)

Mandoline (Verlaine)

Cinq poèmes de Baudelaire

Les Angelus

Romance

Les cloches (Paul Bourget)

Trois Mélodies de Verlaine

Fêtes galantes - Set 2

Trois Ballades de François Villon


This collection includes songs from pretty well the whole of Debussy’s composing life, some of them well-known and acknowledged masterpieces, and some of them much less familiar though no less worthy of inclusion. Most of them, though, date from the 1880s and early 90s. Nuit d'étoiles is in fact Debussy's first published composition, dating from 1880 when he was eighteen. The Trois Ballades de François Villon date from 1910.

Christopher Maltman sings them all with his now familiar stylishness and sensitivity to words.

“an admirable recital” BBC Music Magazine

“You could not wish for more than Maltman’s intelligent singing and Martineau’s customary sensitivity to every nuance” Classic FM Magazine

“On the present disc, Maltman distinguishes himself beyond expectation in the realm of French Mélodie, singing throughout with elegance, conviction, communicativeness, specific attention to the text, and unblemished technical security, all utterly without mannerism, in a varied program spanning 30 years (1880 -1910) of Debussy song ... You should go out and buy it right now” Fanfare

“Christopher Maltman has already distinguished himself as a lieder singer, but now he reveals himself as a stunningly apt exponent of French mélodies” Opera News

“nuanced and sensitive performances.” David Smith, Presto Classical, September 2014

“this young baritone invests all he touches with equal consideration and the 21 songs in his programme emerge fresh and compelling … a recording of strong focus” Yorkshire Evening Post

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Un Ange Est Venu

Un Ange Est Venu

Nellie Melba in French song and opera


Bemberg:

Chant Venitien

Nymphes et Sylvains

Chant Hindou

Sur le lac

L'amour est pur (from Elaine)

Un ange est venu

Bizet:

Pastorale

Charpentier, G:

Depuis le jour (from Louise)

Debussy:

Clair de lune (song)

Romance: L'âme évaporée et souffrante

Mandoline (Verlaine)

Duparc:

Chanson triste

Gaubert:

Soir païen for voice, flute and piano

Gounod:

Ah! Je veux vivre dans ce rêve (from Roméo et Juliette)

Ah! Je ris de me voir (from Faust)

Hahn, R:

Si mes vers avaient des ailes

D'une prison

En Sourdine

Lalo:

Aubade

Massenet:

Don César de Bazan: Sévillana

Pleurez, mes yeux (Le Cid)

Thomas, Ambroise:

A vos jeux, mes amis (from Hamlet)


Nellie Melba (soprano)

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Debussy: Songs

Debussy: Songs


Debussy:

Nuit d'étoiles

Fleur des blés (André Girod)

Pantomime

En Sourdine

Mandoline (Verlaine)

Clair de lune (song)

Fantoches

Fête galante

Beau Soir

Les cloches (Paul Bourget)

Paysage sentimental

Voici que le printemps (Romance) (Paul Bourget)

Apparition - song (1884)

Rondeau

Musique

Romance

La romance d'Ariel

L'ame evaporee

Dans le jardin

Les Angélus

Trois chansons de Bilitis


Emőke Baráth (soprano), Emese Virágh (piano)

The genre of melodie underwent a great deal of change between Claude Debussy’s date of birth and the publication of his first songs in 1879. With some simplification, one could say that this was the period when the French song grew to become an established form of high art music, when it left behind the features of the earlier, simpler genre, the romance, once and forever. German models played a pivotal role in this transformation process, as they did elsewhere in 19th century French music. The major impact was made by the refined complexity of Schubert’s Lieder, the dramatic treatment of the vocal and piano parts, the idea that the piano accompaniment can be much more than mere acoustic tapestry behind the simple but attractive solo voice and it can be a real partner of the latter. Here the song is a drama involving at least two protagonists. This album features some of the best French songs of the era performed by the wonderful soprano, Emoke Baráth, accompanied on the piano by her former teacher at the Liszt Academy of Music, Emese Virág.

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Thoughts Observed

Thoughts Observed


Debussy:

Beau Soir

Romance

Nuit d'étoiles

Mandoline (Verlaine)

Duparc:

L'Invitation au voyage

Hahn, R:

A Chloris

Poulenc:

Le Bestiaire ou Cortege d'Orphee

Vous n'écrivez plus?

Priez pour paix

Schumann:

Dichterliebe, Op. 48


Yaniv d’Or (countertenor) & Dan Deutsch (piano)

After exploring the music of his Sephardic ancestry on the acclaimed recording Latino Ladino (Naxos 857366), Yaniv d’Or brings a refreshing perspective to the Dichterliebe from Schumann’s proverbial ‘year of song.’ French songs of the 19th and 20th centuries offer d’Or’s exotic voice further dimensions in the floating harmonies of the young Duparc and Debussy, including Reynaldo Hahn’s beautiful Bach pastiche, and concluding with the classical simplicity of Poulenc’s first songs. The unique countertenor voice of Yaniv d’Or has confirmed his status as one of the rising stars of the modern international music scene. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, receiving the International Vocal Art Institution Prize and the Gottesman Award. Making his debut as Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare for Gothenberg Opera, and at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as Elbas in Journey to the End of the Millennium by Bardanashvili, he received critical acclaim. Other roles include Artemis, Orfeo, Delfa, Melindo and Jehoyakim. He is currently collaborating with Drottningholms Slottsteater on a newly constructed opera of Salomone Rossi’s life. He has performed widely throughout Europe, has appeared in recital at Versailles Palace and regularly appears at Wigmore Hall. He is the recipient of a Gramophone Award for his album Liquefacta Est… with Ensemble NAYA on Naxos.

“Most successful are the Poulenc items, especially the early cycle Le Bestiaire – heard in the composer’s own arrangement of the original for voice and ensemble – to which d’Or brings the appropriate element of boulevardier wit, and the simple eloquence of his interpretation of the Charles d’Orléans text, ‘Priez pour paix.’ Throughout, Dan Deutsch’s considered accompaniments are finely judged” BBC Music Magazine, October 2017 ***

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Being Beauteous

Being Beauteous

Verlaine & Rimbaud set by Debussy & Britten


Britten:

Les illuminations, Op. 18

Debussy:

Ariettes Oubliées (6)

Fêtes galantes - Set 1

Fêtes galantes - Set 2

Mandoline (Verlaine)

Trois Mélodies de Verlaine


Eva Resch (soprano) & Francois Salignat (piano)

Claude Debussy and Benjamin Britten brilliantly captured the sheer beauty and ecstasy of French poetry in their vivid and colourful songs. And acclaimed Hamburg-based soprano Eva Resch has interpreted these jewels with the same sensuality on her third Genuin CD, with each song more beautifui than the next – from the sounds of the mandolin as they strike up a serenade in Debussy to Britten's plaintive "Farewell" (Départ). With Eva Resch and her prize-winning pianist François Salignat, we're immediately hooked on moonlight and weeping hearts…

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Open Your Heart

Open Your Heart


Bizet:

Vasco da Gama: Ouvre ton coeur

Blitzstein:

open your heart

until and I heard

Debussy:

Mandoline (Verlaine)

En sourdine

Falla:

Siete Canciones populares españolas

Seiber:

French Folk Songs (4)

Villa-Lobos:

Modinha

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5: Aria (Cantilena)

Walton:

Anon in Love for tenor and guitar


Laura Claycomb (soprano), Marc Teicholz (guitar)

This beguiling album is the first for Delos by brilliant American coloratura soprano Laura Claycomb. Best known for her work in opera, she explores here an entirely different aspect of her artistry: a more intimate and personal interpretive approach featuring assorted art songs with guitar.

And she has found an ideal partner in guitar wizard Marc Teicholz: her longtime collaborator and musical soul mate. Our dazzling, yet subtly interactive duo undertakes a broad ranging program of vocal music, either written originally for voice and guitar, or with accompaniments transcribed (mostly by Marc) for guitar. The array ranges from English language settings by American eclectic Marc Blitzstein and British icon William Walton through treatments of French texts by Georges Bizet, Claude Debussy and the Hungarian exile Mátyás Seiber to Spanish and Portuguese settings by Manuel de Falla and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

“An enticing programme that should open the hearts of many potential listeners.” MusicWeb International, October 2016

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