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Her Debussy [listen -- track 1, 1:00-2:15], whose songs she intones with appropriate ardency, wants for the specificity of affect that their greatest interpreters, such as Pierre Bernac or Claire Croiza, bring to them. One longs in her readings for something more than an unblemished realization, correctly interpreted, and for a certain wistful ambiguity that gives emphasis to the music's implicit anxieties. Even so, Ms Banse manages to nimbly set forth the languorous shifts of mood from light to dark in a manner that is at once admirably understated and discretely sotto voce.

In Andràs Schiff, whose rhythmically vibrant and intelligent, insightful playing enhances the musical experience, Ms Banse has found an ideal collaborator.

Copyright © 17 December 2003 John Bell Young, Tampa, Florida, USA


Songs of Debussy and Mozart

461 899-2 Stereo NEW RELEASE 60'04" 2003 ECM Records GmbH

Juliane Banse, soprano; András Schiff, piano

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Beau soir (Paul Bourget); Clair de lune (Paul Verlaine); Pierrot (Théadore Faullin de Banville); Apparition (Stéphane Mallarmé); Pantomime (Paul Verlaine); Fêtes galantes, 1er livre (Paul Verlaine); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: (1756-1791): Dans un bois solitaire K308 (295b) (Antoine Houdart de la Motte); Oiseaux, si tous les ans K307 (284d) (Antoine Ferrand); Warnung K433 (K416c) (Carlo Goldoni); Der Zauberer K472 (Christian Felix Weisse); Das Veilchen K476 (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe); Claude Debussy: Ariettes oubliées (Paul Verlaine); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sehnsucht nach dem Frühlinge K596 (Christian Adolf Overbeck); Als Luise die Briefe ihres untreuen Liebhabers verbrannte K520; Abendempfindung K523 (Joachim Heinrich Campe)


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