Magazine article Gramophone

Debussy: 'Songs, Vol 3'

Magazine article Gramophone

Debussy: 'Songs, Vol 3'

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Debussy

'Songs, Vol 3' Musique (a). Romance (Silence ineffable de I'heure) (a). La romance d'Ariel (a). Regret (a). L'archet (a). Chanson triste (b). Les baisers d'amour (b). Les Elfes (a). Aimons-nous et dormons (a). Souhait (a). Serenade (a). Reverie (a). La Belle au bois dormant (b). II dort encore (a). Les roses3. Pierrot3. Les baisers (a). Dans le jardin (b). Le lilas (a). Caprice (a). Zephyr (a). Fete galantea. Le promenoir des deux amantsb. Paysage sentimental (a) (a) Jennifer France sop (b) Jonathan McGovern bar Malcolm Martineau pf Hyperion [F] CDA68016 (67' * DDD * T/t)

Having already earned plaudits for his first two volumes of Debussy songs (5/03, 6/12), Malcolm Martineau here partners the soprano Jennifer France and the baritone Jonathan McGovern for another 26 of them, focusing on a dozen to texts by Theodore de Banville and five to poems by Paul Bourget, together with a handful of miscellaneous ones and a group of four that were only recently rediscovered.

One inescapable factor is the impact that the soprano voice of Marie-Blanche Vasnier had on Debussy. Right at the start of this disc we have four of the Bourget songs that were among the ones in which he capitalised on Vasnier's capacity to explore the stratosphere--indeed the mesosphere--of the soprano range. …

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