Natalie Dessay: Pictures of America (CD)

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Natalie Dessay: Pictures of America (CD)

The first album of Natalie Dessay for Sony Classical is a journey through music (Great American Song Book, Broadway  Jazz) and art (Edward Hopper) - This is not a classical album.  `I was delighted to once again work with Claire Gibault, who now leads her own chamber orchestra, the Paris Mozart Orchestra, more than twenty years after she first accompanied my Mozart performance at the start of my career as a classical singer.

It all started with a couple of Edward Hopper paintings that inspired the beautiful stories of poet Claude Esteban, which Graciane Finzi in turn illustrated with her delicate and inventive music. Claire asked me to tell the story of these `melologues`. For my part, I selected ten other paintings that inspired me to choose a range of songs from what`s known as the `Great American Songbook`.

I asked five incredible musicians to arrange them for the Paris Mozart Orchestra, thereby building a bridge between classical music, jazz, and musicals. I then worked to develop a new voice—a deeper and more intimate sound that would whisper into the listener`s ear. It was a voice I had to learn to control, like a small, secretive wild animal.

I wanted to open things up with `On A Clear Day`, which serves as an introduction, and a promise. Next comes a self-deprecating and low-pitched version of `I Feel Pretty` in quintuple time that leads naturally into `I Am A Fool To Want You`, a song about someone who is ready to do anything and everything to win over a lost love. `Send In The Clowns` marks the disenchantment of people whose paths cross, but never at the right time. Hope lies just beyond the next bend in the road with `Detour Ahead` followed by `Something`s Coming…Maybe Tonight`

Release Date: December 2, 2016
Label: Sony Classical
Total Length: 49:46

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