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Track(s) taken from CDA67357

Nuit d'étoiles, L2

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Christopher Maltman (baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano)
Recording details: July 2001
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: January 2003
Total duration: 3 minutes 25 seconds


'An admirable recital' (BBC Music Magazine)

'You could not wish for more than Maltman’s intelligent singing and Martineau’s customary sensitivity to every nuance' (Classic FM Magazine)

'The partnership of baritone Christopher Maltman and pianist Malcom Martineau has proved chemically sound in so many memorable live and recorded performances. This new release of Debussy songs for Hyperion is no exception' (The Scotsman)

'On the present disc, Maltman distinguishes himself beyond expectation in the realm of French Mélodie, singing throughout with elegance, conviction, communicativeness, specific attention to the text, and unblemished technical security, all utterly without mannerism, in a varied program spanning 30 years (1880 -1910) of Debussy song … You should go out and buy it right now' (Fanfare, USA)

'This young baritone invests all he touches with equal consideration and the 21 songs in his programme emerge fresh and compelling … a recording of strong focus' (Yorkshire Post)

'Christopher Maltman has already distinguished himself as a lieder singer, but now he reveals himself as a stunningly apt exponent of French mélodies' (Opera News)

'With a singer of Christopher Maltman's quality these songs are presented here about as beautifully as they could be' (Manchester Evening News)

'The young baritone brings magnificent sturdiness to the music and he is sensitively accompanied by an understanding Martineau. The recording is excellent … we have another Hyperion winner' (Classical.net)
Nuit d’étoiles, dates from 1880 (the date 1876, often quoted, is unsupported by any evidence). Debussy matches Banville’s ‘sereine mélancolie’ with harmonies that move only slowly and not very far, while the vocal line emphasises the 7th, 6th and 3rd notes of the major scale in a way shortly to be exploited by Massenet. Debussy varies the two repeats of the opening refrain by activating the solid piano chords, first with arpeggios, then with a repeated falling three-note figure, but we, as listeners, are never in doubt as to where we are in the song or where it is going. This was Debussy’s first published composition, and the only one of his thirteen songs to poems by Banville that he published.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2003

Nuit d’étoiles date de 1880 (aucune preuve ne vient corroborer la date de 1876 souvent citée). Debussy égale la «sereine mélancolie» de Banville avec des harmonies qui n’évoluent que lentement, toujours à proximité, tandis que la ligne vocale accentue les 7e, 6e et 3e degrés de la gamme majeure d’une manière qui sera exploitée peu de temps après par Massenet. Debussy varie les deux reprises du refrain initial en animant les accords plaqués du piano, d’abord par des arpèges puis par un motif descendant réitéré de trois notes. En tant qu’auditeur, nous ne doutons jamais de l’endroit où nous nous trouvons dans la mélodie, ni où elle va. Première composition de Debussy à être publiée, Nuit d’étoiles est aussi la seule de ses treize mélodies sur des poèmes de Blanville à avoir pris le chemin des presses.

extrait des notes rédigées par Roger Nichols © 2003
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Nuit d’étoiles stammt von 1880 (das oft genannte Datum 1876 ist nirgends bewiesen). Debussy findet für Banvilles „sereine mélancholie“ [kühle Melancholie] eine Entsprechung in Harmonien, die sich nur langsam ändern und kaum vom harmonischen Zentrum entfernen. Gleichzeitig betont die melodische Linie die siebente, sechste und dritte Stufe der Durtonart in einer Weise, die sich Massanet bald zu Eigen machen sollte. Debussy variiert die zwei Wiederholungen des einleitenden Refrains, indem er die behäbigen Klavierakkorde belebt, zuerst durch Arpeggios und dann mit einem sich wiederholenden, fallenden Dreitonmotiv. Aber wir, die Hörer, sind niemals im Zweifel, wo im Lied wir uns befinden oder welche Richtung das Lied einschlägt. Es war Debussys erste gedruckte Komposition und die einzige veröffentlichte seiner 13 Lieder auf Gedichte von Banville.

aus dem Begleittext von Roger Nichols © 2003
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

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