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Douce France / Anne Sofie von Otter


Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5343   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Reynaldo HahnCamille Saint-SaënsGabriel FauréMaurice Ravel,   ... 
Performer:  Carl BaggeOlle LinderPer EkdahlBengt Forsberg,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The love of Sweden's most famous singer for the French language is well known. Anne Sofie von Otter performs this album with exceptional sensitivity and intelligence.

Von Otter's successful journeys beyond the boundaries of classical music, whether with Elvis Costello or Brad Mehldau, inform her unique view of two centuries of French Chanson, from Mélodies by Fauré and Debussy to Barbara, Piaf, Ferre, Moustaki, and Trenet. United by the magic of words and the emotion of simple and sensitive music, these melodies are timeless treasures of the French heritage and spirit, which this great artist performs with her legendary elegance.

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A pair of discs to warm any Francophile's
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rondels: Quand je fus pris au pavillion by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Carl Bagge (Piano), Olle Linder (Double Bass), Per Ekdahl (Percussion),
Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Mats Bergström (Guitar),
Bengan Janson (Accordion), Margareta Bengtson (Voice/Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
2.
Rondels: L'automne by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
3.
Puisque j'ai mis ma lčvre by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
4.
Mélodies (20), Volume 1: Le plus beau present by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1895; France 
5.
Mélodies (20), Volume 1: Cimetičre de campagne by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1895; France 
6.
Chanson Grises: L'heure exquise by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890 
7.
Vogue, vogue la galčre by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1877; France 
8.
Si vous n'avez rien ŕ me dire by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; France 
9.
Danse macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
10.
Clair de lune by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1865; France 
11.
Le secret, Op. 23 no 3 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1881; France 
12.
Épigrammes (2) de Clément Marot: no 2, D'Anne jouant de l'espinette by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896-1899; France 
13.
Ballade de la reine morte d'aimer by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1893; France 
14.
Chansons de Bilitis for Speaker and Chamber Ensemble by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; France 
15.
La cloche fęlée by Charles Martin Loeffler
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
16.
Sérénade by Charles Martin Loeffler
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
17.
Göttingen by Barbara
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
18.
Padam, Padam by Norbert Glanzberg
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1952; France 
19.
A Saint-Germain-des-Prés by Léo Ferré
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
20.
Quel joli temps "Septembre" by Barbara
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
21.
A Paris by Francis Lemarque
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
22.
Le facteur by Manos Hadjidakis
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
23.
Je vivrai sans toi by Michel Legrand
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
24.
La chanson des jumelles by Michel Legrand
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
25.
Les feuilles mortes by Joseph Kosma
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
26.
Douce France by Charles Trenet
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Modern 
Written: France 
27.
Boum by Charles Trenet
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
28.
Le pont Mirabeau by Léo Ferré
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
29.
La carte du tendre by Georges Moustaki
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
30.
La vie en rose by R. S. Louiguy
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; France 
31.
Que reste t-il de nos amours by Charles Trenet
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
32.
Parlez-moi d'amour by Jean Lenoir
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Chansons grises: No. 5. L'heure exquise
Le plus beau present
Clair de lune
Si vous n'avez rien a me dire
Vogue, vogue la galere
Quand je fus pris au pavillon
Puisque j'ai mis ma levre
Cimetiere de campagne
Le secret, Op. 23, No. 3
2 Epigrammes de Clement Marot: No. 2. D'Anne jouent de l'espinette
Ballade de la reine morte d'aimer
3 Chansons de Bilitis: No. 1. La flute de Pan
3 Chansons de Bilitis: No. 2. La chevelure
3 Chansons de Bilitis: No. 3. Le tombeau des naiades
4 Poems, Op. 5: No. 1. La cloche felee
4 Poems, Op. 5: No. 4. Serenade
Danse macabre (arr. B. Forsberg for voice, viola and piano)
Gottingen (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, violin, accordion, piano and double bass)
Padam, Padam (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice and instruments)
A Saint-Germain-des-Pres (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, double bass and drums)
Septembre (Quel joli temps) (arr. C. Bagge for voice and piano)
A Paris (arr. B. Janson and P. Ekdahl for voice, accordion and double bass)
Le Facteur (arr. P. Ekdahl for 2 voices, acoustic guitar, harp, hammond organ and double bass): Le Facteur (arr. P. Ekdahl for 2 voices, guitar, harp, hammond organ and double bass)
Chanson des jumelles (arr. P. Ekdahl for 2 voices and instruments)
Je vivrai sans toi (arr. C. Bagge for voice and piano)
Les feuilles mortes (Autumn Leaves) (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, trombone, guitar, piano, double bass): Les feuilles mortes (Autumn Leaves) (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, trombone, guitar, piano, double bass and drums)
Douce France (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice and instruments)
Boum ! (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice and instruments)
Le Pont Mirabeau (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, violin, accordion, piano and double bass)
La Carte du tendre (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, guitar, harp, hammond organ, double bass and drums)
Chansons grises (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, 2 violins, viola and cello): Chansons grises: No. 1. Chanson d'automne (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, 2 violins, viola and cello)
La Vie en rose (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice and instruments)
Que reste-t-il de nos amours (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice and instruments)
Parlez-moi d'amour (arr. M. Bengtson for voice and harp)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Enchanting March 29, 2014 By John T. (Kingston, Australian Capital Territory) See All My Reviews "Ann Sophie von Otter's feeling for these very French songs is is wonderful" Report Abuse
 rare excellency January 11, 2014 By M. Wolff (Talbot, Victoria) See All My Reviews "as we had heard Anne-Sofie von Otter at Lackoe slott in Sweden last summer I knew I was in for a treat and - what a great treat it is!!! I have to have my daily dose of 'Douce France'!!!" Report Abuse
 wonderful Von Otter November 13, 2013 By William Schneider (Yaphank, NY) See All My Reviews "This cd is so enjoyable I can not find the correct words to describe it-Pure pleasure,great sound,wonderful program and of course the great sound of Ms Von Otters voice.I believe that those that buy this cd will play it many times and never get tired of it." Report Abuse
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