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Les roses, L28

First line:
Lorsque le ciel de saphir est de feu
composer
early 1882
author of text
after Clément Marot

 
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

Dans Les roses, on entend les habituelles phrases en arche de Debussy et, de nouveau, une mélodie presque durchkomponiert, les mots «Et le riant feuillage» recevant la seule musique répétée. Marquée Avec un sentiment absolument passionné, cette œuvre montre la prédilection debussyste pour les paires d’accords oscillantes, brisées seulement par des couleurs de mots—ainsi l’accord inattendu sur «jeu». On perçoit ici, comme souvent dans ces mélodies, l’influence certaine de Massenet, même si le si aigu, à l’évidence exceptionnel, de Mme Vasnier peut une fois encore s’exprimer seul dans le dernier vers.

extrait des notes rédigées par Roger Nichols © 2014

Recordings

Debussy: Songs, Vol. 3
Studio Master: CDA68016Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 15 on CDA68016 [1'53]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68016 track 15

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-14-01615
Duration
1'53
Recording date
15 February 2013
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Debussy: Songs, Vol. 3 (CDA68016)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: October 2014
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