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RAVEL / CHAUSSON / DELAGE
French Songs
Janet Baker (mezzo soprano) with Melos Ensemble of London

[ Decca ABC Australian Eloquence / CD ]

Release Date: Thursday 20 May 2010

'The performances of French mélodies included on this record are very beautiful indeed. With superb, atmospheric playing by the Melos Group and an outstanding recording, this ravishing collection must be placed among Dame Janet's most outstanding recordings. Includes her heart-rending account of Dido's lament, When I am laid in earth.'
(Penguin Guide)

"A most beautiful recital... in (Chausson's Chanson perpetuelle) Baker expands and exultingly finds herself most at home. It's a strong, highly effective performance and marks a measure of the extraordinary way in which she has mastered the always rather special art of singing in French... The contributions by members of the Melos Ensemble - the Hurwitz Quartet, the flutes of Richard Adeney and William Bennett, Gervase de Peyer and Stephen Trier playing clarinet, Lamar Crowson (piano) and, very important, the harp playing of Osian Ellis - are of superlative quality." Gramophone.

Tracks:

RAVEL: Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé
RAVEL: Chansons madécasses
CHAUSSON: Chanson perpétuelle, Op. 37
DELAGE: Quatre Poèmes hindous