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Debussy: Mélodies / Sandrine Piau, Jos Van Immerseel


Release Date: 07/15/2003 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 4932   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Sandrine PiauJos van Immerseel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Soprano Sandrine Piau seems to go from strength to strength with each new recording. Her first solo disc of Mozart arias was widely praised, and this recent release of Debussy songs proves to be just as delightful. Although she does not possess a big voice, Piau's astounding purity and evenness of tone, excellent diction, and thoughtful phrasing suits this intimate music perfectly. Her partner, Jos van Immerseel, cleverly chooses to play a vintage Erard piano from 1897, providing a lighter, crisper background and, in his expert use of this unique instrument's special mechanics, adding "authentic" stylistic/interpretive insight to the salon sound to which Debussy himself would have been
Read more accustomed. Together, they make a fantastic duo--seamless in their interpretation and often breathtaking in execution (the swirling "Papillons", for one)--and offer many compelling reasons to return again and again to this recital of songs that span Debussy's career.


From the opening early song, "Apparition", we immediately hear that Piau loves this music, as she milks the intensely expressive line with vigor and nails the improbable high-C with ease. In "C'est l'extase", the first song of the Ariettes oubliées, note how she gently caresses the words, virtually giving each syllable meaning. And just listen to the exuberant abandon she lends to the "Paysages belges: Chevaux de bois", giving us the wide-eyed excitement of a merry-go-round as viewed through the eyes of a child.


Purists weary of vocal breathiness to convey breathlessness or longeurs (à la Renee Fleming) may find Piau to be guilty of this mannerism at times, but her intent seems so guileless that she deserves to be forgiven for indulging in some of these well-worn effects. For the most part, her "acting" is thoroughly convincing, and who wants to hear Debussy without at least some indication of mood? Either way, her way with these lovely mélodies infuses each one with the character and individuality necessary to convey their differences, something only a few of today's Debussy interpreters have achieved with success.
--Michael Liebowitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Les papillons by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Sandrine Piau (Soprano), Jos van Immerseel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881 
Language: French 
2.
En sourdine by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Sandrine Piau (Soprano), Jos van Immerseel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1882; France 
Language: French 
3.
Apparition by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jos van Immerseel (Piano), Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1884; France 
Language: French 
4.
Romance: Silence ineffable by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jos van Immerseel (Piano), Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1883; France 
Language: French 
5.
Regret: Devant le ciel by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jos van Immerseel (Piano), Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1884; France 
Language: French 
6.
Ariettes oubliées by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jos van Immerseel (Piano), Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1885-1888; France 
Language: French 
7.
Proses lyriques by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Sandrine Piau (Soprano), Jos van Immerseel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1893; France 
Language: French 
8.
Poèmes (3) de Mallarmé by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jos van Immerseel (Piano), Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

Apparition
Romance
Les papillons
En sourdine
Regret
Ariettes oubliees: No. 1. C'est l'extase
Ariettes oubliees: No. 2. Il pleure dans mon coeur
Ariettes oubliees: No. 3. L'ombre des arbres
Ariettes oubliees: No. 4. Chevaux de bois
Ariettes oubliees: No. 5. Green
Ariettes oubliees: No. 6. Spleen
Proses lyriques: No. 1. De reve
Proses lyriques: No. 2. De greve
Proses lyriques: No. 3. De fleurs
Proses lyriques: No. 4. De soir
3 Poemes de Mallarme: No. 1. Soupir
3 Poemes de Mallarme: No. 2. Placet futile
3 Poemes de Mallarme: No. 3. Eventail

Customer Reviews

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 Piau's Debussy April 1, 2012 By David Dean  Pugh (Washington, DC) See All My Reviews "This is a lovely CD---beautiful French and effortless high notes--far surpasses the Dessay disc that recently came out!!!!" Report Abuse
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