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An Evening in Ancient Times (1908) by Alphonse Osbert (1857-1939)
Musée de la Ville de Paris, Musée du Petit-Palais, France / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA68016
Recording details: February 2013
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2014
Total duration: 3 minutes 1 seconds

'Jennifer France sounds both charming and convinced, and her slightly soubrettish but always attractive sound (unfazed by the occasional stratospheric top note that Debussy evidently threw in, further to entice Mme Vasnier) adds a proper note of youthful abandon, just what these early settings need to bring them to life. Praise is also due to Malcolm Martineau for his total empathy with the always atmospheric but by no means easy accompaniments. The recorded sound is ideal ... Baritone Jonathan McGovern too is well cast, velvety in sound, easy on the ear' (International Record Review) » More

Il dort encore, L34
composer
early 1882
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançais
Even though Il dort encore, an extract from an unfinished comédie lyrique called Hymnis, contains the kind of sequences taken from Conservatoire textbooks, Debussy breaks the regularity of Banville’s verses and extends the reference to ‘Anacréon, chanteur mélodieux’, which is the heart of the song.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2014

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