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Debussy songs,
appreciated by

Deux-Elles    DXL 1052

Debussy - Early Songs. Gillian Keith, soprano; Simon Lepper, piano; © 2003 Deux-Elles Ltd

We are sometimes suspicious of the word 'early' as applied to music from the pen of a well-known composer. Caution is wise, although the greater the talent the less likely music of inferior quality. The intensity of an impressionistic atmosphere [listen -- track 5, 0:01-1:32] places Debussy right at the crux of the stylistic language he developed, and which has swept up innumerable composers ever since.

These two young performers display their understanding of the music, the settings, and their feelings towards projecting it to a listener. In consequence, they form an imaginative partnership projecting these quintessential settings with all the sensitivity that they require. The recording meets the subtle qualities engendered by this partnership of voice and piano, and catches the beauty of the interplay [listen -- track 11, 2:55-4:05].

Copyright © 12 April 2003 Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK


Debussy: Early Songs

DXL 1052 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 63'00" 2003 Deux-Elles Ltd

Gillian Keith, soprano; Simon Lepper, piano

Debussy: Pantomime; Clair de lune; Mandoline; En sourdine; Fantoches (poèmes de Paul Verlaine); Les cloches; Voice que le printemps; Romance 'L'âme évaporée'; Romance 'Silence ineffable'; Paysage sentimental; Romance d'Ariel; Regret; Musique (poèmes de Paul Bourget); Coquetterie Posthume; (poème de Théodore Gautier); Nuit d'étoiles; Zephyr; Aimons-nous et dormons; Il dort encore; Le Lilas; Les Roses; Rêverie; Souhait; Sérénade; Fête galante; Pierrot (poèmes de Théodore de Banville); Apparition (poème de Stéphane Mallarmé)


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