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Track(s) taken from CDA66856

Marquise, vous souvenez-vous?

composer
1869
author of text
Menuet from 'Le Cahier rouge'

François Le Roux (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: January 1996
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: January 1997
Total duration: 2 minutes 9 seconds

Cover artwork: Ŕ l'ombres des bosquets chante un jeune počte by Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier (1815-1891)
Reproduced by permission of The Wallace Collection, London / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Marquise, vous souvenez-vous?  [2'09]

Reviews

'This is the most resounding blow yet to be struck for the mélodies of Saint-Saëns … Le Roux is one of the most charismatic performers of our time … this is certainly one of the best things he has done so far. A double welcome for performers and rare repertory' (Gramophone)

'Musical jewels surface with delightful consistency in this 27-song recital. An absorbing and revelatory disc' (BBC Music Magazine)

'There's hardly a dud among these 30-or-so songs on this well filled, perfectly recorded disc, an ideal accompaniment to a hot summer evening' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Another immensely pleasant recital from Hyperion, both in content and performance. [François Le Roux] is establishing himself as the leading French baritone of the day' (Classic CD)

'François Le Roux est l'interprète prédestiné. Son intelligence des mots, son sens de la juste inflexion font ici merveille' (Diapason, France)

'Apoya magnificamente al baritono, firmando entre ambos un trabajo auténticamente digno de conocerse. Sonido exemplar' (CD Compact, Spain)
This is one of the many pastiche songs of former times that almost every composer of the mélodie has written at some time or another, including Ravel in his Marot settings, and Poulenc in his À sa guitare and Priez pour paix. This is an early (1869) essay in minuet music from the times of Louis XV—the sort of thing that Massenet also did well, although this song predates Manon by nearly twenty years. The accompaniment here is scrupulously kept in three parts as if it were conceived for a small group of instrumentalists providing background music for a fête champêtre.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1997

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