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listen  1. Après un rêve Op. 7 No. 1 (Romaine Bussine)Véronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sylvie Op. 6 No. 3 (Paul de Choudens)Véronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Au bord de l'eau Op. 8 No. 1 (Sully Prudhomme)Véronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 2:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lydia Op. 4 No. 2 (Lecomte de Lisle)Véronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Le papillon et la fleur Op. 1 No. 1 (Victor Hugo)Véronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mandoline Op. 58 No. 1 (Paul Verlaine)Véronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 1:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Clair de lune Op. 46 No. 2 (Paul Verlaine)Véronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Les berceaux Op. 23 No. 1 (Sully Prudhomme)Véronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Trois Chansons de Bilitis (Pierre Louÿs): I. La flûte de PanVéronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Trois Chansons de Bilitis (Pierre Louÿs): II. La chevelureVéronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Trois Chansons de Bilitis (Pierre Louÿs): III. Le tombeau des NaïadesVéronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Fêtes galantes, Set 1 (Paul Verlaine): I. En sourdineVéronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Fêtes galantes, Set 1 (Paul Verlaine): II. FantochesVéronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 1:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Fêtes galantes, Set 1 (Paul Verlaine): III. Clair de luneVéronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Nuit d'étoiles (Théodore de Banville)Véronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Beau soir (Paul Bourget)Véronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Fleur des blés (André Girod)Véronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 1:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. La Belle au bois dormant (Vincent Hyspa)Véronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maison (Claude Debussy)Véronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Banalités FP 107 (Guillaume Apollinaire): I. Chanson d'OrkeniseVéronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 1:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Banalités FP 107 (Guillaume Apollinaire): II. HôtelVéronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 2:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Banalités FP 107 (Guillaume Apollinaire): III. Fâgnes de WallonieVéronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 1:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Banalités FP 107 (Guillaume Apollinaire): IV. Voyage à ParisVéronique Gens/Roger Vignoles0:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Banalités FP 107 (Guillaume Apollinaire): V. SanglotsVéronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 4:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Deux Mélodies de Guillaume Apollinaire FP 127: MontparnasseVéronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. Deux Mélodies de Guillaume Apollinaire FP 127: Hyde ParkVéronique Gens/Roger Vignoles0:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen27. Les chemins de l'amour, valse chantée FP 106 (Jean Anouilh)Véronique Gens/Roger Vignoles 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Veronique Gens, Roger Vignoles
  • Composer: Gabriel Faure, Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc
  • Audio CD (April 11, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato Disques
  • ASIN: B00003ZKR9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,968 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Lau on July 6, 2000
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This is a most enjoyable release, all the more so because Veronique Gens, who is generally considered a baroque specialist on the lyric stage, may well be a torch-bearer of the elusive art of the French song in the coming decades. The voice of Gens, which is solid and well-integrated with an alluring dash of vibrancy embedded therein, is eminently suited to the repertoire represented in this new Virgin Classics release. Her secure technique (just a hint of strain in one or two high notes) also renders it possible for her to fine down her voice in the ending of phrases to a charming effect. Being a native French speaker certainly helps, too. Although hers is perhaps not the most strongly-etched of readings, she is able to inflect the text intelligently, and her subtle but heart-felt stresses on particular words not only serve to illuminate the poetic prose, but also meld beautifully with the notes that she sing.
The CD opens with songs by Faure, and while Gens may not possess the charm and naturalness of utterance of Maggie Teyte, whose recordings of Faure's songs are, in the opinion of this reviewer, unsurpassable, she can conjure up the right kind of feeling for every song as no one can. Her tempo for the popular "Apres un reve" is a trifle too laid back. Yet, she conveys to perfection the dream-like quality of the song, as well as the sense of confusion and regret at awakening. Her singing of "Le papillon et la fleur" is delightfully vivid, and her evocation of the feeling of sadness being kept in restraint in "Les berceaux" makes the performance both intimate and touching.
The Debussy group is no less impressive.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Maxim on July 20, 2001
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Stendhal wrote that "the sight of anything extremely beautiful, in nature or in art, brings back the memory of what one loves, with the speed of lightning. That is, ... all that is beautiful and sublime in the world takes part in the beauty of what one loves, and this unexpected glimpse of happiness immediately fills the eyes with tears. This is how love of the beautiful and love give each other life." This is what Ms. Gens will do to you when you listen to this CD.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on April 15, 2000
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Not quite Lieder, not quite the American "Art Song," the French "melodie" is a unique marriage of expressionist poetry and piano music with accents that might or might not follow the flow of the French language. I cannot recommend too highly a Virgin Classics release of <Nuits d'etoiles: melodies francaises> (7423 5 45360-2) with soprano Veronique Gens and pianist Roger Vignoles.
I recall one or two of the poems from my undergraduate French classes, but I must confess that almost all of this program was new to me and I loved it. Except for the last song, a sort of cabaret waltz, very few of these songs simply repeat the same melodic line from stanza to stanza as in operettas or are glued to the AABA Tin Pan Alley requirement,in which a verse of so many bars must precede a refrain of another given number of bars, or even in the operetta "couplet" format. Here the music follows the thought--or the impression, I should say, since many of these poems set a mood. Even the one about Sleeping Beauty is enigmatically told, and the piece about Hyde Park is comparable to one or two non-vocal movements of "Pictures at an Exhibition."
This disc also gives us a chance not only to compare the "melodies" of Faure, Debussy and Poulenc, but also to compare the settings of the same text, "Claire de lune," by the first two composers. It is essential that you follow the texts carefully on first and second hearings; for without them this is merely a beautiful musical treat but lacking half of what is essential to your full enjoyment. And what more delightful way to brush up on the "modern" French poetry of Bussine, de Choudens, Prudhomme, Verlaine, Appolinaire, and the others?
Gens is a marvel. I can say no more.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2000
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This ranks as one of the very best recordings of French 'melodies' that I have yet heard. Unlike most other singers, Gens gives the words drama and meaning. Too many singers perform these works in a detached 'artistic' manner that often makes them all sound almost alike. I say this not to belittle Gens' voice (which is superb), but to indicate that this disk will take you beyond the 'standard' interpretations of these works. I had a chance to compare one of the melodies with another recent recording by Schafer, another singer whom I respect Both were being featured in a local record store. It was hard to realize they were actually singing the same piece. I recently saw Gens perform much of the same program at a recital in NYC. This was the best recital I had heard in a very long time (I go to many). The disk is almost as good. It suffers a bit from a very unnatural recorded sound: the microphone is much too close to the singer and the piano is much too forward. Also the accompaniest in NYC was clearly better. Nevertheless, it would be hard to find a better recorded performance. The more I listen to the disk, the less I notice these drawbacks. The choice of repetoire is also well done. I particularly liked the Debussy 'Trois chansons de Bilitis.' She ends with 'Les chemins de l'amour' which Poulenc wrote for Jean Anouilh's play 'Leaocadia'. This has become very popular outside the normal recital circuit. If you get only one disk of French melodies, this is the one to get.
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