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

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2000
  • Label: Erato
  • UPC: 724354536021
  • Catalog Number: 45360
  • Sales rank: 68,882

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Après un rêve ("Levati sol que luna è levata"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1 - Romain Bussine & Gabriel Fauré (2:38)
  2. 2 Sylvie, for voice & piano in F Major, Op. 6/3 - Gabriel Fauré & Véronique Gens (2:27)
  3. 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 (2:11)
  4. 4 Lydia, song for voice & piano in F Major, Op. 4/2 - Gabriel Fauré & Véronique Gens (2:24)
  5. 5 Le Papillon et la Fleur, song for voice & piano in C Major, Op. 1/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Véronique Gens (2:19)
  6. 6 Mandoline, song for voice & piano, (Cinq Mélodies 'de Venise'), Op. 58/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Véronique Gens (1:46)
  7. 7 Clair de lune, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) in B flat minor, Op. 46/2 - Gabriel Fauré & Véronique Gens (3:03)
  8. 8 Les berceaux, song for voice & piano in B flat minor, Op. 23/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Véronique Gens (2:41)
  9. 9–11 Chansons de Bilitis (3), song cycle for voice & piano, L. 90 - Claude Debussy & Véronique Gens (8:23)
  10. 12–14 Fêtes galantes (3), song cycle for voice & piano, Set I, L. 80 - Claude Debussy & Véronique Gens (6:47)
  11. 13 Nuit d'étoiles ("Nuit d'étoiles, sous tes voiles"), song for voice & piano, L. 4 - Claude Debussy & Theodore de Banville (3:00)
  12. 14 Beau soir ("Lorsque au soleil couchant les rivières sont roses"), song for voice & piano, L. 6 - Claude Debussy & Paul Bourget (2:17)
  13. 15 Fleur des blés ("Le long des blés que la brise fait onduler"), song for voice & piano, L. 7 - Claude Debussy & Véronique Gens (1:48)
  14. 16 La belle au bois dormant ("Des trous à son pourpoint vermeil"), song for voice & piano, L. 74 - Claude Debussy & Véronique Gens (3:02)
  15. 17 Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maison, for voice & piano, L. 139 - Claude Debussy & Claude Debussy (2:28)
  16. 18 Chanson d'Orkenise ("Par les portes d'Orkenise"), song for voice & piano (Banalités), FP 107/1 - Francis Poulenc & Guillaume Apollinaire (1:23)
  17. 19 Hôtel ("Ma chambre a la forme d'une cage"), song for voice & piano (Banilités), FP 107/2 - Francis Poulenc & Guillaume Apollinaire (2:00)
  18. 20 Fagnes de Wallonie ("Tant de tristesses plénières"), song for voice & piano (Banalités), FP 107/3 - Francis Poulenc & Guillaume Apollinaire (1:31)
  19. 21 Voyage à Paris ("Ah! la charmante chose"), song for voice & piano (Banalités), FP 107/4 - Francis Poulenc & Guillaume Apollinaire (0:56)
  20. 22 Sanglots ("Notre amour est réglé..."), song for voice & piano (Banalités), FP 107/5 - Francis Poulenc & Guillaume Apollinaire (4:08)
  21. 23 Montparnasse ("O porte de l'hôtel avec deux plantes vertes"), song for voice & piano, FP 127/1 - Francis Poulenc & Guillaume Apollinaire (2:50)
  22. 24 Hyde Park ("Les faiseurs de religion"), song for voice & piano, FP 127/2 - Francis Poulenc & Guillaume Apollinaire (0:50)
  23. 25 Les chemins de l'amour ("Les chemins qui vont"), for voice & piano (or orchestra), FP 106 - Francis Poulenc & Jean Anouilh (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Véronique Gens Primary Artist
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