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Debussy: Clair de lune

Nuit d'étoiles
Clair de lune (song)
Apparition - song (1884)
En sourdine
Fête galante
Romance: L'âme évaporée et souffrante
L'Ame évaporée
Les cloches (Paul Bourget)
Rondel chinois
Flots, palmes, sables
La romance d'Ariel
Le matelot qui tombe à l'eau
Coquetterie posthume
Voici que le printemps (Romance) (Paul Bourget)
Les Elfes
La Damoiselle élue

Natalie Dessay (soprano) & Philippe Cassard (piano)

Two leading French performers – soprano Natalie Dessay and pianist Philippe Cassard – come together in vocal works from the early career of Claude Debussy, whose 150th anniversary falls in 2012. Their recital includes four unpublished songs reflecting the young composer’s love for the soprano wife of one of his patrons.

Writing to Natalie Dessay after he had seen her Mélisande in Vienna, Cassard explained that “she would be the only person able to inhabit and embody these early Debussy songs … that her charisma as an actress, her energy, her temperament and her virtuosity, with its joyous sense of fun, would enable her to offer an interpretation that was different and really personal … something far away from a performing tradition that portrays preciosity, restrained intimacy and pseudo-Impressionism, which to me seems out of place in these works: they might be poetic, but they are also full of passion.”

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