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Debussy, Chausson - Mélodies / Schäfer, Doufexis, Gage


Release Date: 03/14/2000 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 459682   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyErnest Chausson
Performer:  Christine SchäferIrwin GageStella Doufexis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Schäfer’s account of these feverish, sexual songs is much cooler, more considered, but paradoxically more effective. Her performance, not just of Nuits blanches but of the first series of Fêtes galantes and Proses lyriques, is a perfect combination of beauty and enigma. She also has the advantage of Irwin Gage’s superbly judged accompaniment.

-- Claire Wrathall, BBC Music Magazine

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From one song to the next...Ms. Schäfer and Mr. Gage envelop us in a rapturous world of exquisite melody and lush harmony. Everything is sung and played superbly... One can only hope [Schäfer will] maintain the[se] very high standards...

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Works on This Recording

1.
Fêtes galantes, Set 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Christine Schäfer (Soprano), Irwin Gage (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1891; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: French 
2.
Proses lyriques by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Christine Schäfer (Soprano), Irwin Gage (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1893; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 22 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
Nuits blanches by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Irwin Gage (Piano), Christine Schäfer (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1898; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
Mélodies (2), Op. 36: no 2, Dans la forêt du charme et de l'enchantement by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Christine Schäfer (Soprano), Irwin Gage (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: French 
5.
Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: no 3b, Le temps de lilas by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Christine Schäfer (Soprano), Irwin Gage (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1890; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: French 
6.
Mélodies (7), Op. 2: no 6, Hébé by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Christine Schäfer (Soprano), Irwin Gage (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: French 
7.
Mélodies (7), Op. 2: no 7, Le colibri by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Christine Schäfer (Soprano), Irwin Gage (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: French 
8.
Mélodies (4), Op. 8: no 1, Nocturne by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Irwin Gage (Piano), Christine Schäfer (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: French 
9.
Mélodies (4), Op. 8: no 3, Printemps triste by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Irwin Gage (Piano), Christine Schäfer (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: French 
10.
Duets (2), Op. 11 by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Irwin Gage (Piano), Stella Doufexis (Mezzo Soprano), Christine Schäfer (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: French 
11.
Mélodies (4), Op. 13 by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Christine Schäfer (Soprano), Irwin Gage (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: French 

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