Debussy: Clair de lune / Natalie Dessay, Philippe Cassard

Audio Samples

>Debussy, Claude : Nuit d'etoiles ("Nuit d'etoiles, sous tes voiles"), song for voice & piano, L. 4
>Debussy, Claude : Quatre chansons de jeunesse - 1. Pantomime (Debussy)
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Debussy, Claude : Pierrot
>Debussy, Claude : Apparition
>Debussy, Claude : En sourdine
>Debussy, Claude : Poèmes (7) de Banville
>Debussy, Claude : Romance ("L'ame evaporeee est souffrante"), song for voice & piano, L. 79/1
>Debussy, Claude : Les cloches ("Les feuilles s'ouvraient"), song for voice & piano, L. 79/2
>Debussy, Claude : Rondel chinois ("Sur le lac borde d'azalee"), song for voice & piano, L. 17
>Debussy, Claude : Flots, palmes et sables ("Loin des yeux du monde"), song for voice & piano, L. 25
>Debussy, Claude : La Romance d'Ariel ("Au long ds ces montagnes douces"), song for voice & piano, L. 54
>Debussy, Claude : Regret ("Devant le ciel d'ete, tiede et callme"), song for voice & piano, L. 55
>Debussy, Claude : Chanson triste ("On entend un chant sur l'eau dans la brume"), song for voice & piano, L. 47
>Debussy, Claude : Coquetterie posthume ("Quand je mourrai, qu l'on me mette"), song for voice & piano, L. 39
>Debussy, Claude : L'archet ("Elle avait de beaux cheveux blonds"), song for voice & piano, L. 46
>Debussy, Claude : Les baisers d'amour, song for voice & piano
>Debussy, Claude : Les elfes, song for voice & piano
>Debussy, Claude : La damoiselle élue

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Nuit d'etoiles ("Nuit d'etoiles, sous tes voiles"), song for voice & piano, L. 4
>Debussy, Claude : Quatre chansons de jeunesse - 1. Pantomime (Debussy)
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Debussy, Claude : Pierrot
>Debussy, Claude : Apparition
>Debussy, Claude : En sourdine
>Debussy, Claude : Poèmes (7) de Banville
>Debussy, Claude : Romance ("L'ame evaporeee est souffrante"), song for voice & piano, L. 79/1
>Debussy, Claude : Les cloches ("Les feuilles s'ouvraient"), song for voice & piano, L. 79/2
>Debussy, Claude : Rondel chinois ("Sur le lac borde d'azalee"), song for voice & piano, L. 17
>Debussy, Claude : Flots, palmes et sables ("Loin des yeux du monde"), song for voice & piano, L. 25
>Debussy, Claude : La Romance d'Ariel ("Au long ds ces montagnes douces"), song for voice & piano, L. 54
>Debussy, Claude : Regret ("Devant le ciel d'ete, tiede et callme"), song for voice & piano, L. 55
>Debussy, Claude : Chanson triste ("On entend un chant sur l'eau dans la brume"), song for voice & piano, L. 47
>Debussy, Claude : Coquetterie posthume ("Quand je mourrai, qu l'on me mette"), song for voice & piano, L. 39
>Debussy, Claude : L'archet ("Elle avait de beaux cheveux blonds"), song for voice & piano, L. 46
>Debussy, Claude : Les baisers d'amour, song for voice & piano
>Debussy, Claude : Les elfes, song for voice & piano
>Debussy, Claude : La damoiselle élue
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Clair de Lune, the new album from leading soprano Natalie Dessay, celebrates the 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy's birth with a brilliant survey of his early vocal works, including four World Premiere recordings of unpublished songs reflecting the young composer's forbidden love for the soprano wife of one of his patrons. One of the unpublished songs, 'Les Elfes,' includes chord sequences taken from Wagner's famous 'Ride of the Valkyries' (Apocalypse Now), while another ('Romance') traces the wild mood swings and flights of fancy that accompany a restless love. This new album follows up on Dessay's Grammy-nominated Cleopatra, a collection of arias from Handel's opera Giulio Cesare, and coincides with the DVD release and Met Opera performances of Verdi's La Traviata.

"[In 'Les elfes'] Dessay brilliantly handles the dialogue among the song's characters and delivers some of the best vocal shading of the disc when the elf princess admits that she is, in fact, dead. It's an extremely effective performance" -Gramophone

"that silvery soprano voice [...] caresses these delicately perfumed offerings (some of them unpublished) with nonchalant French elegance, a winning soubrette sparkle, and loving regard for the meaning and poetry of every word." -The Times

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-).



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Nuit d'étoiles ("Nuit d'étoiles, sous tes voiles"), song for voice & piano, L. 4
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Debussy, Claude : Quatre chansons de jeunesse - 1. Pantomime (Debussy)
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Debussy, Claude : Pierrot
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Debussy, Claude : Apparition
  • Performers: Natalie Dessay (Soprano); Philippe Cassard (Piano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Debussy, Claude : En sourdine
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Debussy, Claude : Poèmes (7) de Banville
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Debussy, Claude : Romance ("L'âme evaporéee est souffrante"), song for voice & piano, L. 79/1
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Debussy, Claude : Les cloches ("Les feuilles s'ouvraient"), song for voice & piano, L. 79/2
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Debussy, Claude : Rondel chinois ("Sur le lac bordé d'azalée"), song for voice & piano, L. 17
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Debussy, Claude : Flôts, palmes et sables ("Loin des yeux du monde"), song for voice & piano, L. 25
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano); Catherine Michel (Harp)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Debussy, Claude : La Romance d'Ariel ("Au long ds ces montagnes douces"), song for voice & piano, L. 54
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Debussy, Claude : Regret ("Devant le ciel d'été, tiède et callme"), song for voice & piano, L. 55
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Debussy, Claude : Chanson triste ("On entend un chant sur l'eau dans la brume"), song for voice & piano, L. 47
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Debussy, Claude : Coquetterie posthume ("Quand je mourrai, qu l'on me mette"), song for voice & piano, L. 39
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Debussy, Claude : L'archet ("Elle avait de beaux cheveux blonds"), song for voice & piano, L. 46
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Debussy, Claude : Les baisers d'amour, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Debussy, Claude : Les elfes, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Debussy, Claude : La damoiselle élue
  • Performers: Philippe Cassard (Piano); Karine Deshayes (Mezzo Soprano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (2011-11-12_2011-11-13&2011-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887-1888