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Track(s) taken from CDA68016

Pierrot, L30

First line:
Le bon Pierrot, que la foule contemple
early 1882; dedicated to Marie-Blanche Vasnier
author of text
after Clément Marot

Jennifer France (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano)
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Recording details: February 2013
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2014
Total duration: 1 minutes 38 seconds

Cover artwork: An Evening in Ancient Times (1908) by Alphonse Osbert (1857-1939)
Musée de la Ville de Paris, Musée du Petit-Palais, France / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'Jennifer France sounds both charming and convinced, and her slightly soubrettish but always attractive sound (unfazed by the occasional stratospheric top note that Debussy evidently threw in, further to entice Mme Vasnier) adds a proper note of youthful abandon, just what these early settings need to bring them to life. Praise is also due to Malcolm Martineau for his total empathy with the always atmospheric but by no means easy accompaniments. The recorded sound is ideal ... Baritone Jonathan McGovern too is well cast, velvety in sound, easy on the ear' (International Record Review)» More
All through his life Debussy nodded at times in the direction of popular song and Pierrot is an early example, with its quotation of the folk song ‘Au clair de la lune’. This is one of his joky pieces, culminating in frivolous trills.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2014

Toute sa vie durant, Debussy lorgna parfois vers la mélodie populaire, comme le prouve le précoce Pierrot, qui cite «Au clair de la lune». Voilà encore une pièce badine, qui culmine en des trilles frivoles.

extrait des notes rédigées par Roger Nichols © 2014
Français: Hypérion

Zeit seines Lebens verwies Debussy mitunter in die Richtung des Volkslieds; Pierrot ist ein frühes Beispiel dafür, da hier das Lied „Au clair de la lune“ zitiert wird. Auch dieses ist eines seiner scherzhaften Lieder, das in frivolen Trillern gipfelt.

aus dem Begleittext von Roger Nichols © 2014
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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