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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: 1 minutes 53 seconds

Les roses, L28
First line:
Lorsque le ciel de saphir est de feu
early 1882
author of text
after Clément Marot

Introduction  EnglishFrançais
In Les roses we find Debussy’s familiar arch-shaped phrases and an almost through-composed song, ‘Et le riant feuillage’ having the only repeated music. Marked Avec un sentiment absolument passionné, it displays the composer’s fondness for oscillating pairs of chords, broken only occasionally by word-colourings, like the unexpected chord on ‘jeu’. No doubt Massenet was the influence here as in many of these songs, but Mme Vasnier’s evidently exceptional top B gets another unaccompanied outing in the final line.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2014

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