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Debussy / Chausson: Mélodies ~ Schafer

Christine Schäfer , Ernest Chausson , Claude Debussy , Irwin Gage , Stella Doufexis Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)


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listen  1. Chausson: Dans la foret du charme et de l'enchantement,op.36, no.2 (Jean Moréas)Christine Schäfer 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Chausson: Quatre Mélodies op.13: 1. Apaisement (Paul Verlaine)Christine Schäfer 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Chausson: Quatre Mélodies op.13: 2. Sérénade (Jean Lahor)Christine Schäfer 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Chausson: Quatre Mélodies op.13: 3. L'Aveu (Villiers de L'Isle-Adam)Christine Schäfer 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Chausson: Quatre Mélodies op.13: 4. La Cigale (Leconte de Lisle)Christine Schäfer 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Chausson: Le Temps des Lilas, op.19, No.3 (Maurice Bouchor)Christine Schäfer 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Debussy: Fêtes galantes, L. 80 - 1. En sourdineChristine Schäfer 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Debussy: Fêtes galantes - 2. FantochesChristine Schäfer 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Debussy: Fêtes galantes - 3. Clair de luneChristine Schäfer 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Debussy: Proses lyriques (Claude Debussy) - 1. De rêveChristine Schäfer 6:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Debussy: Proses lyriques (Claude Debussy) - 2. De grèveChristine Schäfer 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Debussy: Proses lyriques (Claude Debussy) - 3. De fleursChristine Schäfer 6:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Debussy: Proses lyriques (Claude Debussy) - 4. De soirChristine Schäfer 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Debussy: Nuits Blanches (Claude Debussy): 1. Nuit sans finChristine Schäfer 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Debussy: Nuits Blanches (Claude Debussy): 2. Lorsqu'elle est entréeChristine Schäfer 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Chausson: Sept Mélodies op.2, No.6 Hébé (L. Ackermann)Christine Schäfer 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Chausson: Le Colibri, Op.2 No.7Christine Schäfer 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Chausson: Quatre Mélodies op.8, No.1 Nocturne (Maurice Bouchor)Christine Schäfer 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Chausson: Quatre Mélodies op.8, No.3 Printemps triste (Maurice Bouchor)Christine Schäfer 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Chausson: Deux Duos op 11 - 1. La Nuit (Thédore de Banville)Stella Doufexis 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Chausson: Deux Duos op 11 - 2. Réveil (Honoré de Balzac)Stella Doufexis 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Performer: Irwin Gage, Stella Doufexis
  • Composer: Ernest Chausson, Claude Debussy
  • Audio CD (March 14, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00003ZA6A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD with high anticipation. I've loved some of Christine Shäfer's singing, and expected her French to be good. (She certainly gives the impression of being a very intelligent singer.)

But I'm afraid I cannot unequivocally like this album. While there is much to admire in Ms Schäfer's voice, I thought continually in each track that there seemed signs of damage in the voice. Ms Schäfer uses a slightly "smoky" sound, which - however appropriate for Berg, Schönberg, etc. - is NOT appropriate for French vocal salon music as the basic vocal sound. Because she uses it all the time, it seems to me to have become part of her timbre. There will be many, I'm sure, who will like this. I don't. That's my personal taste.

Secondly - I must respectfully disagree with the reviewer below who said that the French sung here was beautiful. I couldn't help but notice the discernible German accent in the French. But on the plus side, Ms Schäfer has an impressive rapport with the MEANING of the French. She was meticulous with the faint emphases - she obviously knows what she is singing. I appreciate that enormously.

My third reason for not completely loving this recording was the performance of the two duets. I simply did not like the deliberate downward glissandi - not at all. They only occurred a couple of times, but those slides have preyed on me so much that I can't relax and enjoy just the beautifully sung parts of those duets (and some of those of two duets are very beautifully sung) because I'm mentally bracing myself for the sliding. I think that most listeners won't react with the nails-in-the-palms wincing - but for me, it fatally flaws both of those duets.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars French song recital a real treasure July 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful collection of songs by the Master Impressionist composer Claude Debussy and his lesser-known but highly gifted compatriot Ernest Chausson. German soprano Christine Schafer is an almost ideal singer for this elegant genre. She has a beautiful, delicate lyric voice, and offers the listener musical intelligence of the highest order. Her French diction is impeccable and her attention to musical detail is exquisite. She captures the emotional essence of each song, whether it is bathed in cool refinement or heated with sensuous passion. Ms. Schafer creates an indelible stamp on this gorgeous, complex music. Three examples of her stunning artistry are her rendition of Chausson's "Le temps des lilas", which is all sweeping, heartfelt melancholy, her deliciously naughty "Fantoches" with Debussy's marvelous musical effects honored so meticulously, and her lucid and luminous interpretation of Chausson's "Le Colibri," surely one of his most breathtaking songs. The pianist Irwin Gage offers compelling, beautifully textured accompaniments throughout. This is a great addition to the avid artsong lover's CD library.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, unexpected, persuasive November 8, 2007
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I bow to the previous reviewers, who seem to have specialist knowledge of French chansons. I don't, and my reason for listening to this CD was mainly curiosity -- how many German singers have attempted this echt Gallic repertoire? But Schafer is quite lovely, and her Frnech seems quite good. She has a slightly husky quality in her voice that's pleasing if not exactly idiomatic. Her interpretations of these sublime chansons by Chausson and Debussy eschew the preciosity that one so often enoucnters, as if Debussy must be treated like th most delicate crystal. Schager and Irwin Gage take a straightforward approach that's a bit shy of nuane but lovely in its melodic directness. It's not the only way to perform these songs, but it's very appealing.
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