Green: Melodies francaises on Poems by Paul Verlaine (CD)

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Green: Melodies francaises on Poems by Paul Verlaine (CD)

Composers: Various
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Philippe Jaroussky
Jérôme Ducros
Quatuor Ebene
Label: Erato
Number of discs: 2 CDs

In his second album of French songs from the 19th and 20th centuries – following the ground-breaking, Opium, released in 2009 – countertenor Philippe Jaroussky explores various settings of poems by Paul Verlaine (1844-96).

Verlaine has inspired many French composers – from his contemporaries, such as Debussy, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Massenet and Chabrier, through the following generation of Honegger and Varèse to songwriters from the 1940s, reaching far into the1970s, including Georges Brassens, Charles Trenet and Léo Ferré. All are featured on this release.

This album takes its title from one of the poems in the collection, Romances Sans Paroles (Songs Without Words). Verlaine, himself, gave it an English name, Green.

Here are no fewer than three settings in Jaroussky’s recital – by Debussy, Fauré and André Caplet, the latter best known for his orchestrations of Debussy piano music.

For Green: Melodies Francaises On Poems By Paul Verlaine, Philippe Jaroussky and Jérôme Ducros are joined by distinguished guest artists, Nathalie Stutzmann and the Ebène Quartet.

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