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La pâquerette

First line:
Pâquerette gentille
composer
1871
author of text

 
La pâquerette is actually labelled a chanson, a simple daisy of a song, without any attempt at passing it off as mélodie. Like Augier, the poet Alexandre Dumas fils is a man of the theatre rather than a poet, but his lines are effective enough to summon a trifle of great charm from the composer. Although it may seem that Gounod was losing his vocation as a serious song composer because of his success in the theatre, it must be admitted that we have here a waltz song by one of the kings of the waltz; the music is of an elegance and an art concealing art which is reminiscent of Tchaikovsky in the same vein. Thoughts of the Russian master are evoked by a particularly wonderful set of sequences here, each of which seems to flower inevitably from the preceding garland of notes. The culminative sum of these fragments of tune, each a bar long, seems to be a flawlessly inevitable vocal line. As always one has to say ‘Clever old Gounod’.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1993

Recordings

Gounod: Songs
CDA66801/22CDs

Details

Track 10 on CDA66801/2 CD1 [2'00] 2CDs

Track-specific metadata for CDA66801/2 disc 1 track 10

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-93-80110
Duration
2'00
Recording date
5 May 1993
Recording venue
St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Keith Warren
Hyperion usage
  1. Gounod: Songs (CDA66801/2)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: October 1993
    2CDs
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