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