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La Bonne Chanson/French Chambe
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|1. 1. Ravel: Trois Poemes de Stephane Mallarme I. Soupir|
|2. II. Placet futile|
|3. III. Surgi de la croupe et du bond|
|4. Chausson: Chanson perpetuelle|
|5. Martin: Trois chants de Noel I. Les cadeaux|
|6. II. Image de No l|
|7. III. Les Bergers|
|8. Delage Quatre Poemes hindous I. Madras|
|9. II. Lahore|
|10. III. Benares|
|11. IV. Jeypur|
|12. Saint-Saens: Une flute invisible|
|13. Poulenc: Rapsodie negre I. Prelude|
|14. II. Ronde|
|15. III. Honoloulou|
|16. IV. Pastorale|
|17. V. Final|
|18. Faure: La bonne chanson Op 61 I. Une sante en son aureole|
|19. II. Puisque l'aube grandit|
|20. III. La lune blanche luit dans les bois|
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Taking its name from Fauré's famous La Bonne Chanson cycle, this is a collection of French songs for voice and diverse chamber ensemble. It includes not only the Fauré but Ravel's Three Poems of Stéphane Mallarmé, Frank Martin's Three Christmas Songs and, strangest of all, Poulenc's Rapsodie négre, an early, misguided attempt at Gauguin-esque exotica. Most of it is tasty stuff, particularly for those who have a high tolerance for musical radiance and don't need that much shade with their light. Performances by Otter are, as always, smart and fastidious, though perhaps a tad cool. -- David Patrick Stearns
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I was fortunate to be able to compare this album with the Dawn Upshaw effort, 'The Girl With Orange Lips', on which she performs Ravel's 'Trois Poemes de Stephane Mallarme', which also open Von Otter's disk. I have to say that on these pieces, the two artists sound virtually identical, although Von Otter has just the slightest greater strength and authority in her voice. Picking between the two on these pieces would require a fair coin toss.
On the other hand, Von Otter's other material on this disk is far better than the material on Upshaw's disk, even though they also share performances of Maurice Delage's 'Quatre Poemes hindous'.
Von Otter's performances of Poulenc's 'Rapsodie negre' and Gabriel Faure's 'La Bonne Chanson' are especially good at having me sit up and take notice.
This is especially more enjoyable than her celebrated recordings of Edvard Grieg's songs.