Debussy: Songs 1

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CLAUDE DEBUSSY
Debussy: Songs 1
Christopher Maltman, baritone, Malcolm Martineau, piano

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 4 February 2003

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'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)

'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 an buy it right now' (Fanfare, USA)

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

'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)

'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)

'an admirable recital' (BBC Music Magazine)

This collection includes songs from pretty well the whole of Debussy's composing life, some of them well-known and acknowledged masterpieces, and some of them much less familiar though no less worthy of inclusion. Most of them, though, date from the 1880s and early 90s. Nuit d'etoilesis in fact Debussy's first published composition, dating from 1880 when he was eighteen. The Trois Ballades de Francois Villondate from 1910.

Christopher Maltman sings them all with his now familiar stylishness and sensitivity to words.

Tracks:

Nuit d'étoiles
Fleur des blés
Voici que le printemps (Romance)
Mandoline
Cinq Poemes de Baudelaire
Trois Mélodies
Fetes Galantes Series 2
Trois Ballades de François Villon