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Natalie Dessay|Claude Debussy : "Clair de lune" (Mélodies - La Damoiselle élue)

Claude Debussy : "Clair de lune" (Mélodies - La Damoiselle élue)

Natalie Dessay - Philippe Cassard

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Natalie Dessay has an instinctive understanding of Debussy's idiom and a combination of passion and delicacy that makes her an ideal interpreter of the composer's distinctive vocal style. In this recording, made in 2011, Dessay's voice doesn't always convey the supple ease floating above the staff that characterized her work around the turn of the century. She sounds terrific when she can cut loose with exuberance and plenty of volume, as in Flôts, palmes, sables. It's her in her approach to the upper register at a quiet dynamic level that she comes across as less secure. Those moments are few, though, and overall Dessay's singing is beguilingly sensuous and her insights illuminating. One of the chief attractions of the albums is the inclusion of the premiere recordings of four songs unpublished songs Debussy wrote when he was 20, that had only recently come to light. They fit seamlessly into the composer's song output and are likely to become standards on Debussy song recitals. The most distinctive is the ballad, Les elfes, the composer's longest song and one of his most dramatic, which makes extreme coloratura demands and has a wonderfully eccentric piano part. The album also includes La Damoiselle élue, a cantata using a translation of a poem by Dante Gabriel Rosetti, for soprano, mezzo-soprano, women's choir, and piano. Pianist Philippe Cassard is a fully equal collaborator in the endeavor and brings an acute sensitivity and intelligence to the accompaniment. Mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes and Le jeune chœur de Paris deliver lovely performances in the pastel-hued cantata. Virgin Classics' sound has a warm, natural ambience, excellent balance, and is clean and clear.
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1
Nuit d'étoiles, L. 2, L. 4
Natalie Dessay
00:03:02

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Recording Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Philippe Cassard, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Theodore de Banville, Composer

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Pantomime
Natalie Dessay
00:02:26

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Philippe Cassard, Piano, Lead Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
4 Chansons de jeunesse: II. Clair de lune, L. 45 (Vasnier Version)
Natalie Dessay
00:02:26

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - PAUL VERLAINE, Poet - Philippe Cassard, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

4
4 Chansons de jeunesse: III. Pierrot, L. 30
Natalie Dessay
00:01:47

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Philippe Cassard, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Theodore de Banville, Poet

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Apparition
Natalie Dessay
00:03:14

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Philippe Cassard, Piano, Lead Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

6
En sourdine, L. 42 (Vasnier Version)
Natalie Dessay
00:02:38

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - PAUL VERLAINE, Poet - Philippe Cassard, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Fête galante, L. 31
Natalie Dessay
00:01:57

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Philippe Cassard, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Theodore de Banville, Poet

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
2 Romances: I. L'âme évaporée, L. 65, L. 79 No. 1
Natalie Dessay
00:01:49

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Recording Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Paul Bourget, Composer - Philippe Cassard, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

9
2 Romances: II. Les cloches, L. 66
Natalie Dessay
00:01:42

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Paul Bourget, Poet - Philippe Cassard, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Rondel chinois, L. 11
Natalie Dessay
00:03:07

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Philippe Cassard, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Marius Dillard, Poet

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Flots, palmes, sables, L. 38
Philippe Cassard
00:04:49

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Philippe Cassard, Piano, FeaturedArtist - Catherine Michel, Harp, FeaturedArtist - Armand Renaud, Poet

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

12
La Romance d'Ariel, L. 54
Natalie Dessay
00:04:25

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Paul Bourget, Poet - Philippe Cassard, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Regret, L. 55
Natalie Dessay
00:02:33

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Paul Bourget, Poet - Philippe Cassard, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Le matelot qui tombe à l'eau - Chanson triste, L. 24
Natalie Dessay
00:01:14

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Maurice Bouchor, Poet - Philippe Cassard, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Coquetterie posthume, L. 39
Natalie Dessay
00:03:38

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Théophile Gautier, Poet - Philippe Cassard, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

16
L'Archet, L. 22
Natalie Dessay
00:02:54

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Charles Cros, Poet - Philippe Cassard, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

17
Romance (Non, les baisers d'amour), L. 23
Natalie Dessay
00:01:41

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Maurice Bouchor, Poet - Philippe Cassard, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

18
Les Elfes, L. 25
Natalie Dessay
00:07:14

Claude Debussy, Composer - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Leconte de Lisle, Poet - Philippe Cassard, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

19
La Damoiselle élue, L. 69a
Natalie Dessay
00:18:41

Claude Debussy, Composer - Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Poet - Etiénne Collard, Producer - Natalie Dessay, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Le Jeune Choeur de Paris, Chorus - Karine Deshayes, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Philippe Cassard, Piano, FeaturedArtist

© 2012 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

Natalie Dessay has an instinctive understanding of Debussy's idiom and a combination of passion and delicacy that makes her an ideal interpreter of the composer's distinctive vocal style. In this recording, made in 2011, Dessay's voice doesn't always convey the supple ease floating above the staff that characterized her work around the turn of the century. She sounds terrific when she can cut loose with exuberance and plenty of volume, as in Flôts, palmes, sables. It's her in her approach to the upper register at a quiet dynamic level that she comes across as less secure. Those moments are few, though, and overall Dessay's singing is beguilingly sensuous and her insights illuminating. One of the chief attractions of the albums is the inclusion of the premiere recordings of four songs unpublished songs Debussy wrote when he was 20, that had only recently come to light. They fit seamlessly into the composer's song output and are likely to become standards on Debussy song recitals. The most distinctive is the ballad, Les elfes, the composer's longest song and one of his most dramatic, which makes extreme coloratura demands and has a wonderfully eccentric piano part. The album also includes La Damoiselle élue, a cantata using a translation of a poem by Dante Gabriel Rosetti, for soprano, mezzo-soprano, women's choir, and piano. Pianist Philippe Cassard is a fully equal collaborator in the endeavor and brings an acute sensitivity and intelligence to the accompaniment. Mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes and Le jeune chœur de Paris deliver lovely performances in the pastel-hued cantata. Virgin Classics' sound has a warm, natural ambience, excellent balance, and is clean and clear.
© TiVo

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