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Chausson * Berlioz * Duparc: Berlioz Les Nuits D'ete, Op 7

Magazine article Gramophone

Chausson * Berlioz * Duparc: Berlioz Les Nuits D'ete, Op 7

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Chausson * Berlioz * Duparc

Berlioz Les nuits d'ete, Op 7

Chausson Poeme de I'amour et de la mer, Op 19

Duparc Chanson triste. L'invitation au voyage.

Le manoir de Rosemonde

Soile Isokoski sop

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / John Storgards

Ondine (F) ODE1261-2 (65' * DDD * T/t)

Soile Isokoski has turned to the French repertoire for her latest album, and in some respects one wishes she had done so a few years earlier. Her voice, sadly, is no longer quite what it was: the sheen has gone from the tone; all too frequently a pulse or flutter creeps in, accentuated in places by the recording itself, which places her a bit too far forwards. Her familiar artistry, though, remains intact. Lines are beautifully sustained. Her way with words is subtle and crystal clear, with little sense of interventionist nudging. As always, she aims to let the music speak for itself.

As a result, the disc arouses mixed feelings. The end of Poeme de l'amour et de la mer is touching in its understated bitterness, but that flutter in the sound robs the opening of its rapture. …

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