Nuit d'étoiles: French Songs by Fauré, Debussy, and Poulenc

Nuit d'étoiles: French Songs by Fauré, Debussy, and Poulenc

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by Véronique Gens
     
 

Can this be the same Véronique Gens whose recordings of baroque music have been such a consistent joy? Indeed it is, and with this delectable venture into the songs of her countrymen Fauré, Debussy, and Poulenc, the French sopranoSee more details below

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Can this be the same Véronique Gens whose recordings of baroque music have been such a consistent joy? Indeed it is, and with this delectable venture into the songs of her countrymen Fauré, Debussy, and Poulenc, the French soprano ensures that she won't be typecast as an early music specialist. In previous recordings, Gens's immaculate technique has been wedded to a purity of tone as well as an emotional restraint appropriate to the baroque style. But she warms up noticeably here, allowing the richness of her voice to emerge along with a more complex and individual personality. Gens is thoroughly winning in the elegant songs of Fauré and the youthful Debussy settings included here, sensitively capturing their blend of salon charm and emotional ambiguity. She approaches the divine understatement of Régine Crespin's classic recording of Debussy's "Chansons de Bilitis," and she brings genuine wit to Poulenc's droll settings of Apollinaire's poetry. Gens possesses a truly beautiful voice -- more so than Christine Schäfer, for example, whose recent recital of mélodies nonetheless scores with a touch more poetic insight -- although the recording gives a slightly hard edge to some of her high notes. Pianist Roger Vignoles's contribution, while distinguished as always, is also captured a bit too brightly. But these minor qualifications never stand in the way of the gratifying performances. Nuit d'Étoiles suggests that we've only begun to discover what a major asset the world of singing has in Véronique Gens.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Paul Griffiths
Ms. Gens is immediate and sensual: she slides though the music as if this were her natural environment...There are wonderful moments coming out of a single vowel sound at an important turn in the line. You think you are just hearing gorgeous singing, and, all in a flash, wit and intelligence glance out. You lift an eyebrow, and the gorgeous singing is already going on again.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2000
Label:
Erato
UPC:
0724354536021
catalogNumber:
45360
Rank:
121832

Tracks

  1. Après un rêve ("Levati sol que luna è levata"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Romain Bussine  - Véronique Gens  - Roger Vignoles
  2. Sylvie, for voice & piano in F Major, Op. 6/3  - Gabriel Fauré  - Véronique Gens  - Paul DeChoudens  - Roger Vignoles
  3. Au bord de l'eau ("S'asseoir tous deux au bord du flot"), song for voice & piano, Op. 8/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Véronique Gens  - René-François-Armand Sully-Prudhomme  - Roger Vignoles
  4. Lydia, song for voice & piano in F Major, Op. 4/2  - Gabriel Fauré  - Véronique Gens  - Charles Marie Leconte de Lisle  - Roger Vignoles
  5. Le Papillon et la Fleur, song for voice & piano in C Major, Op. 1/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Véronique Gens  - Victor Hugo  - Roger Vignoles
  6. Mandoline, song for voice & piano, (Cinq Mélodies 'de Venise'), Op. 58/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Véronique Gens  - Paul Verlaine  - Roger Vignoles
  7. Clair de lune, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) in B flat minor, Op. 46/2  - Gabriel Fauré  - Véronique Gens  - Paul Verlaine  - Roger Vignoles
  8. Les berceaux, song for voice & piano in B flat minor, Op. 23/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Véronique Gens  - René-François-Armand Sully-Prudhomme  - Roger Vignoles
  9. Chansons de Bilitis (3), song cycle for voice & piano, L. 90  - Claude Debussy  - Véronique Gens  - Pierre Louys  - Roger Vignoles
  10. Fêtes galantes (3), song cycle for voice & piano, Set I, L. 80  - Claude Debussy  - Véronique Gens  - Paul Verlaine  - Roger Vignoles
  11. Nuit d'étoiles ("Nuit d'étoiles, sous tes voiles"), song for voice & piano, L. 4  - Claude Debussy  - Theodore de Banville  - Véronique Gens  - Roger Vignoles
  12. Beau soir ("Lorsque au soleil couchant les rivières sont roses"), song for voice & piano, L. 6  - Claude Debussy  - Paul Bourget  - Véronique Gens  - Roger Vignoles
  13. Fleur des blés ("Le long des blés que la brise fait onduler"), song for voice & piano, L. 7  - Claude Debussy  - Véronique Gens  - Andre Girod  - Roger Vignoles
  14. La belle au bois dormant ("Des trous à son pourpoint vermeil"), song for voice & piano, L. 74  - Claude Debussy  - Véronique Gens  - Vincent Hyspa  - Roger Vignoles
  15. Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maison, for voice & piano, L. 139  - Claude Debussy  - Claude Debussy  - Véronique Gens  - Roger Vignoles
  16. Chanson d'Orkenise ("Par les portes d'Orkenise"), song for voice & piano (Banalités), FP 107/1  - Francis Poulenc  - Guillaume Apollinaire  - Véronique Gens  - Roger Vignoles
  17. Hôtel ("Ma chambre a la forme d'une cage"), song for voice & piano (Banilités), FP 107/2  - Francis Poulenc  - Guillaume Apollinaire  - Véronique Gens  - Roger Vignoles
  18. Fagnes de Wallonie ("Tant de tristesses plénières"), song for voice & piano (Banalités), FP 107/3  - Francis Poulenc  - Guillaume Apollinaire  - Véronique Gens  - Roger Vignoles
  19. Voyage à Paris ("Ah! la charmante chose"), song for voice & piano (Banalités), FP 107/4  - Francis Poulenc  - Guillaume Apollinaire  - Véronique Gens  - Roger Vignoles
  20. Sanglots ("Notre amour est réglé..."), song for voice & piano (Banalités), FP 107/5  - Francis Poulenc  - Guillaume Apollinaire  - Véronique Gens  - Roger Vignoles
  21. Montparnasse ("O porte de l'hôtel avec deux plantes vertes"), song for voice & piano, FP 127/1  - Francis Poulenc  - Guillaume Apollinaire  - Véronique Gens  - Roger Vignoles
  22. Hyde Park ("Les faiseurs de religion"), song for voice & piano, FP 127/2  - Francis Poulenc  - Guillaume Apollinaire  - Véronique Gens  - Roger Vignoles
  23. Les chemins de l'amour ("Les chemins qui vont"), for voice & piano (or orchestra), FP 106  - Francis Poulenc  - Jean Anouilh  - Véronique Gens  - Roger Vignoles

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