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Trois Chansons de France, L115
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Auprès de cette grotte sombre
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'Debussy: Songs, Vol. 2' (CDA67883)
Debussy: Songs, Vol. 2
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'Hyperion monthly sampler – April 2012' (HYP201204)
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No 1: Rondel I  Le temps a laissié son manteau
No 2: Auprès de cette grotte sombre
No 2: La grotte  Auprès de cette grotte sombre
No 3: Rondel II  Pour ce que Plaisance est morte

Trois Chansons de France, L115
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During the early months of 1904 Debussy’s first marriage to Lilly Texier began to founder as he succumbed to the charms of Emma Bardac, an accomplished singer and one-time mistress of Fauré. The Trois Chansons de France were the first Debussy works to be dedicated to her. He was no historian and makes no attempt to distinguish between the fifteenth-century poet Charles d’Orléans and the seventeenth-century Tristan l’Hermite. It was enough for him to feel that he was ‘going back’—partly because he was no lover of his own times with what he called its ‘tricoloured phrases’ (that is, expressions of French nationalism), and partly because he never lost his reverence for the directness of the music of Victoria, Lassus and Palestrina which he had first heard as a student in Rome. By and large the harmonies of all three songs are simpler and more firmly anchored to traditional tonal pillars than in the Bilitis songs. In rhythm though, the outer ones maintain a free flow of patterns, with repeated lines duly observed in the music, whereas the central La grotte is an exercise in stillness, with a short–long rhythm in the piano that impedes forward movement. Like Narcissus, we seem to find ourselves frozen in an attitude of contemplation.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2012

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Details for CDA67883 track 18
La grotte
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ISRC
GB-AJY-12-88318
Duration
2'39
Recording date
5 May 2011
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. Debussy: Songs, Vol. 2 (CDA67883)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: April 2012
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