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Opium: Mélodies françaises

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: Erato
  • EAN: 5099921662126
  • Catalog Number: 16621
  • Sales rank: 71,510

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Chloris, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II") - Reynaldo Hahn & Paula Kennedy (3:03)
  2. 2 Sombrero (Qu'elle était mutine et coquette), for voice & piano - Cécile Chaminade & Edouard Guinand (1:36)
  3. 3 Élégie: O doux printemps d'autrefois, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.1") - Jules Massenet & Paula Kennedy (3:13)
  4. 4 Nell, song for voice & piano in G flat Major, Op. 18/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Paula Kennedy (1:37)
  5. 5 Le Colibri, for voice & piano, Op. 2/7 - Ernest Chausson & Paula Kennedy (3:01)
  6. 6 Automne, song for voice & piano in B minor, Op.18/3 - Gabriel Fauré & Paula Kennedy (2:41)
  7. 7 Mignonne (Mignonne, allons voir si la rose), for voice & piano - Pierre de Ronsard & Cécile Chaminade (2:58)
  8. 8 Fêtes galantes (text by Verlaine), for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I") - Reynaldo Hahn & Paula Kennedy (1:50)
  9. 9 Le Temps de Lilas, for voice & piano (included in "Poème de l'amour et de la mer") - Ernest Chausson & Maurice Boucher (3:48)
  10. 10 Les Papillons, for voice & piano, Op. 2/3 - Ernest Chausson & Théophile Gautier (1:09)
  11. 11 Viens! une flûte invisible soupire, for medium/ low voice, flute & piano - André Caplet & Victor Hugo (2:45)
  12. 12 Lieder (3), for voice & piano, Op. 27: 1. Les heures - Ernest Chausson & Paula Kennedy (3:05)
  13. 13 Quand je fus pris au pavillon, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II" and "Rondels") - Reynaldo Hahn & Paula Kennedy (1:05)
  14. 14 Offrande, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I") - Reynaldo Hahn & Paula Kennedy (2:34)
  15. 15 Mélodies persanes, songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 26: 6. Tournoiement "Songe d'opium" - Camille Saint-Saëns & Paula Kennedy (2:38)
  16. 16 Les cloches ("Les feuilles s'ouvraient"), song for voice & piano, L. 79/2 - Claude Debussy & Paul Bourget (1:59)
  17. 17 Sonnet "Amours," for voice & piano - Pierre de Ronsard & Paul Dukas (3:21)
  18. 18 Nuit d'Espagne: L'air est embaumé, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.1") - Jules Massenet & Louis Gallet (3:27)
  19. 19 Poems (3) for voice and piano: No. 1, Sur une tombe - Guillaume Lekeu & Guillaume Lekeu (3:58)
  20. 20 Violons dans le soir, song for voice & violin - Camille Saint-Saëns & Paula Kennedy (5:15)
  21. 21 Nocturne, song for voice & piano, M. 85 - César Franck & Paula Kennedy (3:34)
  22. 22 Les donneurs de sérénades, for voice & piano - Gabriel Dupont & Paula Kennedy (2:22)
  23. 23 Lied Maritime for voice & piano, Op 43 - Vincent d'Indy & Paula Kennedy (2:39)
  24. 24 L'Heure exquise, for voice & piano (No. 5 from Chansons grises) - Reynaldo Hahn & Paula Kennedy (2:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Philippe Jaroussky Primary Artist
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