Opium: Mélodies françaises

Opium: Mélodies françaises

by Philippe Jaroussky
     
 

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In his program notes for this CD, Philippe Jaroussky persuasively argues that, particularly because the traditional repertoire for counter tenors is so small (and much of the Baroque material was in fact written for castrati, an entirely different voice type), there is no reason counter tenors should not explore a broader variety of vocal material. His performance of

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In his program notes for this CD, Philippe Jaroussky persuasively argues that, particularly because the traditional repertoire for counter tenors is so small (and much of the Baroque material was in fact written for castrati, an entirely different voice type), there is no reason counter tenors should not explore a broader variety of vocal material. His performance of French mélodies from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries makes an even more compelling case for his argument. Jaroussky rose as a star of Baroque opera not only because of his flawless technique and the exceptional clarity and purity of his voice, but for his ability to bring life, through the depth and emotional honesty of his characterizations, to cardboard roles that had primarily served as vehicles for coloratura fireworks. It's not surprising, then, that he excels in this intensely personal and emotionally transparent repertoire. The songs here represent a wide range of styles, from the conventionally Romantic songs of Massenet and Franck, to the charming faux-Baroque works of Reynaldo Hahn, to the frankly forward-looking "Sonnet" of Paul Dukas. Jaroussky brings his characteristically nuanced alertness to the diversity of the repertoire. He tempers the sweetness of his voice so that even the songs that might easily veer into sentimentality are fully expressive without being cloying. Pianist Jérôme Ducros offers a poetic and supportive accompaniment and is given the opportunity to show off real virtuosity in Saint-Saëns' "Tournoiement." Several of the songs have instrumental obbligatos, capably played by violinist Renaud Capuçon, cellist Gautier Capuçon, and flutist Emmanuel Pahud. The sound is clean and present.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2009
Label:
Erato
UPC:
0825646388974
catalogNumber:
16621
Rank:
91080

Tracks

  1. A Chloris, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")  - Reynaldo Hahn  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Theophile de Viau  - Jérôme Ducros
  2. Sombrero (Qu'elle était mutine et coquette), for voice & piano  - Cécile Chaminade  - Edouard Guinand  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Jérôme Ducros
  3. Élégie: O doux printemps d'autrefois, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.1")  - Jules Massenet  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Gautier Capuçon  - Jérôme Ducros  - Pierre Lorys
  4. Nell, song for voice & piano in G flat Major, Op. 18/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Charles Marie Leconte de Lisle  - Gudrun Meier  - Jérôme Ducros
  5. Le Colibri, for voice & piano, Op. 2/7  - Ernest Chausson  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Charles Marie Leconte de Lisle  - Gudrun Meier  - Jérôme Ducros
  6. Automne, song for voice & piano in B minor, Op.18/3  - Gabriel Fauré  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Paul Armand Silvestre  - Jérôme Ducros
  7. Mignonne (Mignonne, allons voir si la rose), for voice & piano  - Cécile Chaminade  - Pierre de Ronsard  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Jérôme Ducros
  8. Fêtes galantes (text by Verlaine), for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")  - Reynaldo Hahn  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Paul Verlaine  - Jérôme Ducros
  9. Le Temps de Lilas, for voice & piano (included in "Poème de l'amour et de la mer")  - Ernest Chausson  - Maurice Boucher  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Jérôme Ducros
  10. Les Papillons, for voice & piano, Op. 2/3  - Ernest Chausson  - Théophile Gautier  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Jérôme Ducros
  11. Viens! une flûte invisible soupire, for medium/ low voice, flute & piano  - André Caplet  - Victor Hugo  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Emmanuel Pahud  - Jérôme Ducros
  12. Lieder (3), for voice & piano, Op. 27: 1. Les heures  - Ernest Chausson  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Camille Mauclair  - Jérôme Ducros
  13. Quand je fus pris au pavillon, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II" and "Rondels")  - Reynaldo Hahn  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Jérôme Ducros  - Charles d'Orléans
  14. Offrande, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")  - Reynaldo Hahn  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Paul Verlaine  - Jérôme Ducros
  15. Mélodies persanes, songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 26: 6. Tournoiement "Songe d'opium"  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Armand Renaud  - Jérôme Ducros
  16. Les cloches ("Les feuilles s'ouvraient"), song for voice & piano, L. 79/2  - Claude Debussy  - Paul Bourget  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Jérôme Ducros
  17. Sonnet "Amours," for voice & piano  - Paul Dukas  - Pierre de Ronsard  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Jérôme Ducros
  18. Nuit d'Espagne: L'air est embaumé, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.1")  - Jules Massenet  - Louis Gallet  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Jérôme Ducros
  19. Poems (3) for voice and piano: No. 1, Sur une tombe  - Guillaume Lekeu  - Guillaume Lekeu  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Jérôme Ducros
  20. Violons dans le soir, song for voice & violin  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - La Comtess Anna de Noailles  - Renaud Capuçon  - Jérôme Ducros
  21. Nocturne, song for voice & piano, M. 85  - César Franck  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Jérôme Ducros  - Louis de Fourcaud
  22. Les donneurs de sérénades, for voice & piano  - Gabriel Dupont  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Paul Verlaine  - Jérôme Ducros
  23. Lied Maritime for voice & piano, Op 43  - Vincent d'Indy  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Jérôme Ducros
  24. L'Heure exquise, for voice & piano (No. 5 from Chansons grises)  - Reynaldo Hahn  - Paula Kennedy  - Alain Lanceron  - Gudrun Meier  - Paul Verlaine  - Jérôme Ducros

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