Debussy: Songs 4

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Debussy: Songs 4
Lucy Crowe (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano) with Jennifer France (soprano) & Christopher Maltman (baritone)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 2 March 2018

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A recital of songs spanning Debussy's entire compositional career, from 'Tragédie' written in early 1881, to his very last song, 'Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maisons' from the end of 1915.

We bid adieu to this series in company of Lucy Crowe and, of course, Malcolm Martineau.

Gramophone Award Nomination 2018 - Solo vocal

"In many ways Crowe's bright, pure tone suits the music well: she is extremely precise and can spin out the lightest of silken vocal lines without any extraneous fuss. Her delicacy is admirable, supported throughout by Malcolm Martineau's sensitivity at the piano, but she could lend the youthful composer more of a hand." BBC Music

"In wonderful voice throughout, Crowe very much makes this repertory her own. Ascents into the stratospheres are all beautifully and securely accomplished, and those long melismas are tautly controlled and always expressive, never vacuous. Martineau, who has been the series' presiding genius, is a flawless Debussy interpreter, meanwhile, playing with infinite subtlety, nuance and colour. Exceptional." Gramophone Editor's Choice March 2018

"Crowe infuses the music with energy and feeling, and song pianist extraordinaire Malcolm Martineau anchors everything impeccably. It's a beautifully judged finale to a worthwhile series that should stand out even among the many Debussy recordings in this centenary year." The Guardian


1 Tragédie L12 [1'45]
2 Jane L13 [2'49]
3 Rondeau L17 [2'36]
4 Rondel chinois L11 [2'48]
5 La fille aux cheveux de lin L15 [3'52]
6 Arabesque L74 No 1 [4'52] piano solo
7 Les papillons L21 [1'57]
8 Séguidille L44 [4'35]
Nuits blanches L101 [5'58]
9 Nuit sans fin [2'04]
bl Lorsqu'elle est entrée [3'54]
10 Fantoches L26 [1'35]
11 En sourdine L42 [2'54]
12 Mandoline L43 [1'29]
13 Clair de lune L45 [3'09]
14 Pantomime L47 [2'26]
15 Flots, palmes, sables L68 [4'39]
16 Coquetterie posthume L50 [3'23]
17Chanson espagnole L49 [3'33]
with JENNIFER FRANCE soprano
18 Apparition L57 [3'43]
19 Beau soir L84 [2'34]
20 Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus
de maisons L147 [2'31]

Debussy - Songs, Vol. 4 - Lucy Crowe (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano)