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Fiancailles Pour Rire / Dessay, Cassard

Dessay,Natalie
Release Date: 09/25/2015 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 552543  
Composer:  Gabriel FauréEmmanuel ChabrierFrancis PoulencErnest Chausson
Performer:  Natalie DessayPhilippe CassardLaurent Naouri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ebène
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For their second Warner Classics album of French song – a follow-up to the Debussy CD they released in 2011 – soprano Natalie Dessay and pianist Philippe Cassard have adopted the title of Francis Poulenc’s song cycle Fiançailles pour rire (A betrothal for fun). Poulenc’s compact, charming and touching cycle, composed in 1939 to poems by Louise de Vilmorin, is heard alongside some of the best-loved mélodies in the repertoire, such as Fauré’s ‘Après un rêve’, ‘Mandoline’, and ‘En sourdine’, Duparc’s ‘Invitation au voyage’ and ‘Au pays où se fait la guerre’, and Chausson’s ‘Le temps des lilas’ and ‘Chanson perpetuelle’. On this new disc Nathalie Dessay and her regular duo partner Philippe Cassard also Read more enjoy the company of some old friends: in Chausson’s ‘Chanson perpetuelle’ the soprano is joined by the Quatuor Ebène and by the bass-baritone Laurent Naouri – who is, as it happens, her husband. Naouri also duets with her on the final track of the album, Poulenc’s haunting ‘Colloque’, a setting of words by Paul Valéry. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Spleen, Op. 51 no 3 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Philippe Cassard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; France 
2.
Prison, Op. 83 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Philippe Cassard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
3.
Mélodies (5), Op. 58 "de Venise": no 2, En sourdine by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Philippe Cassard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; France 
4.
Mélodies (5), Op. 58 "de Venise": no 1, Mandoline by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Philippe Cassard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; France 
5.
Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Philippe Cassard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
6.
Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Philippe Cassard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
7.
Chanson pour Jeanne by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Philippe Cassard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
8.
Poèmes (3) de Louise de Vilmorin by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Philippe Cassard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
9.
Fiançailles pour rire by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Philippe Cassard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; France 
10.
Colloque by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Philippe Cassard (Piano), Laurent Naouri (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; France 
11.
Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: no 3b, Le temps de lilas by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Philippe Cassard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1890; France 
12.
Mélodies (7), Op. 2: no 7, Le colibri by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Philippe Cassard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; France 
13.
Chanson perpétuelle, Op. 37 by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Laurent Naouri (Baritone), Philippe Cassard (Piano), Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ebène
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 

Customer Reviews

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 What happened? December 6, 2017 By John C W. (Washington, DC) See All My Reviews "I found this recording rather disappointing. Mlle Dessay adopts a breathy tone, compensating for her lack of projection with close miking. For me, this recording explains her departure from the opera stage in 2013. Let's hope she recovers." Report Abuse
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