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Soirée Française / Elly Ameling, Rudolf Jansen


Release Date: 04/07/2008 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 412628   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georges BizetJoseph CanteloubeAndré CapletClaude Debussy,   ... 
Performer:  Rudolf JansenElly Ameling
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

These days Elly Ameling can be relied on to give us more interesting programmes on record than any of her contemporaries. She proves that again in the offering under consideration. She judiciously marries the familiar with the relatively unfamiliar in this recital of melodies, and brings to her choice an intelligence and understanding that must come from close knowledge of her chosen songs.

Of the well-known repertory, she gives readings of the Debussy and Faure items that are among the more distinguished I have heard of late. The composers' settings of Mandoline are aptly contrasted, but that by Faure, my favourite, receives a particularly pointed performance, with words and music in fine accord. She revives Franck's
Read more Nocturne, a piece done so well in the past by Panzera and Souzay, with just the right dreamy evocation of night's mystery and beauty, and then fills Poulenc's sensual C'est ainsi que tu es with the languorous feeling Bernac used to give it. I would not suggest that she has quite the feeling for the texts that these French interpreters evinced, but her line is perhaps more secure than theirs. Similarly, the Chausson is full of the sadness of a love that has died forever. In the songs by Bizet, Gounod, Roussel and Satie, she adopts a lighter, teasing manner that is wholly winning.

She does a service by putting an entry into the catalogue for Duparc's Mignon setting (same text as Wolf's Kennst du das Land), which was withdrawn by the composer after it was published in 1870.

One can see why he was dissatisfied with it, while being pleased to have it revived in such an appreciative performance. The quirky songs of Messiaen, Caplet and Satie are also welcome to the catalogue. But what is the use of Philips recording them and then not providing essential texts and translations? That surely represents a marketing failure. Felix Aprahamian, however, comes to the rescue to an extent with his well-researched notes.

Jansen's positive and splendidly played accompaniments are a constant source of pleasure and the recording, especially on CD, is truthful and forward. This is likely to be one of my records of the year.'

-- Alan Blyth, Gramophone [3/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Chanson d'avril by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Rudolf Jansen (Piano), Elly Ameling (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1867; France 
Language: French 
2.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 1 - no 2, Baïlèro by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Elly Ameling (Soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
Language: French 
3.
Le Corbeau et de Renard by André Caplet
Performer:  Elly Ameling (Soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Language: French 
4.
Chausson, Op. 19 no 4 by André Caplet
Performer:  Rudolf Jansen (Piano), Elly Ameling (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Language: French 
5.
Beau soir by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Rudolf Jansen (Piano), Elly Ameling (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1880; France 
Language: French 
6.
Mandoline by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Rudolf Jansen (Piano), Elly Ameling (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1882; France 
Language: French 
7.
Romance de Mignon by Henri Duparc
Performer:  Rudolf Jansen (Piano), Elly Ameling (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1869; France 
Language: French 
8.
Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Rudolf Jansen (Piano), Elly Ameling (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Language: French 
9.
Mélodies (5), Op. 58 "de Venise": no 1, Mandoline by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Rudolf Jansen (Piano), Elly Ameling (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; France 
Language: French 
10.
Soir, Op. 83 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Rudolf Jansen (Piano), Elly Ameling (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Language: French 
11.
Nocturne by César Franck
Performer:  Rudolf Jansen (Piano), Elly Ameling (Soprano)
Written: 1884 
Language: French 
12.
Chanson d'avril by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Rudolf Jansen (Piano), Elly Ameling (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; England 
Language: French 
13.
Chansons (3) by Arthur Honegger
Performer:  Rudolf Jansen (Piano), Elly Ameling (Soprano)
Language: French 
14.
Mélodies (3): no 3, La fiancée perdue by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Elly Ameling (Soprano), Rudolf Jansen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; France 
Language: French 
15.
Métamorphoses (3): no 2, C'est ainsi que tu es by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Rudolf Jansen (Piano), Elly Ameling (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; France 
Language: French 
16.
Ludions by Erik Satie
Performer:  Rudolf Jansen (Piano), Elly Ameling (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
Language: French 

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