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Douce France - Songs by Hahn, Saint-Saens, Faure, Ravel, Debussy, Loeffler, Legrand et al. / Anne Sofie von Otter, mz; Bengt Forsberg, piano

> Gottingen (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, violin, accordion, piano and double bass) - Gottingen (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, violin, accordion, piano and double bass)
> Padam, Padam (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice and instruments) - Padam, Padam (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice and instruments)
> A Saint-Germain-des-Pres (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, double bass and drums) - A Saint-Germain-des-Pres (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, double bass and drums)
> Septembre (Quel joli temps) (arr. C. Bagge for voice and piano) - Septembre (Quel joli temps) (arr. C. Bagge for voice and piano)
> A Paris (arr. B. Janson and P. Ekdahl for voice, accordion and double bass) - A Paris (arr. B. Janson and P. Ekdahl for voice, accordion and double bass)
> Le Facteur (arr. P. Ekdahl for 2 voices, acoustic guitar, harp, hammond organ and double bass) - Le Facteur (arr. P. Ekdahl for 2 voices, guitar, harp, hammond organ and double bass)
> Chanson des jumelles (arr. P. Ekdahl for 2 voices and instruments) - Chanson des jumelles (arr. P. Ekdahl for 2 voices and instruments)
> Je vivrai sans toi (arr. C. Bagge for voice and piano) - Je vivrai sans toi (arr. C. Bagge for voice and piano)
> Les feuilles mortes (Autumn Leaves) (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, trombone, guitar, piano, double bass) - Les feuilles mortes (Autumn Leaves) (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, trombone, guitar, piano, double bass and drums)
> Douce France (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice and instruments) - Douce France (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice and instruments)
> Boum ! (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice and instruments) - Boum ! (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice and instruments)
> Le Pont Mirabeau (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, violin, accordion, piano and double bass) - Le Pont Mirabeau (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, violin, accordion, piano and double bass)
> La Carte du tendre (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, guitar, harp, hammond organ, double bass and drums) - La Carte du tendre (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, guitar, harp, hammond organ, double bass and drums)
> Chansons grises (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, 2 violins, viola and cello) - Chansons grises: No. 1. Chanson d'automne (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice, 2 violins, viola and cello)
> La Vie en rose (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice and instruments) - La Vie en rose (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice and instruments)
> Que reste-t-il de nos amours (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice and instruments) - Que reste-t-il de nos amours (arr. P. Ekdahl for voice and instruments)
> Parlez-moi d'amour (arr. M. Bengtson for voice and harp) - Parlez-moi d'amour (arr. M. Bengtson for voice and harp)

Album Summary

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : L'Heure exquise, for voice & piano (no 5 from Chansons grises)
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Le plus beau present, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Clair de lune, song for voice & piano
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Si vous n'avez rien à me dire
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Vogue, vogue la galere, song for voice & piano
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Quand je fus pris au pavillon, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II" and "Rondels")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Puisque j'ai mis ma levre, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Cimetiere de campagne, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
>Fauré, Gabriel : Le secret, Op. 23 no 3
>Ravel, Maurice : D'Anne jouant de l'espinette, song for voice & harpsichord (or piano) (Epigramme de Marot no 2)
>Ravel, Maurice : Ballade de la reine morte d'aimer
>Debussy, Claude : Chansons (3) de Bilitis
>Loeffler, Charles Martin : La cloche felee (The Riven Bell), for voice & piano
>Loeffler, Charles Martin : Serenade (Serenade), for voice & piano
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Danse macabre
>Serf, Monique Andree : Gottingen, song
>Glanzberg, Norbert : Padam, song
>Ferré, Léo : A Saint-Germain-des-Pres
>Serf, Monique Andree : Septembre (Quel joli temps), song
>Lemarque, Francis : A Paris
>Hadjidakis, Manos : Le Facteur, song
>Legrand, Michel : La Chanson des Jumelles
>Legrand, Michel : I Will Say Goodbye (Je vivrai sans toi)
>Kosma, Joseph : Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes), for voice & piano
>Trenet, Charles : Douce France
>Trenet, Charles : Boum
>Ferré, Léo : Le Pont Mirabeau
>Moustaki, Georges : La Carte du tendre, song
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Chanson d'Automne, for voice & piano (no 1 from Chansons grises)
>Guglielmi, Louis : La vie en rose, song
>Trenet, Charles : Que reste-t-il de nos amours?, song
>Lenoir, Jean : Parlez-moi d'amour, song
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Observer, 10th November 2013
Von Otter's voice has a greater mellowness, and just the right hint of huskiness, to conjure the salon atmosphere - think of Proust - of so many of these intimate songs.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2014
A pair of discs to warm any Francophile's heart...Disc one is devoted to an alluring collection of melodies...However, this goes beyond a usual traversal of the genre...[for the second disc] Von Otter has the flexibility to allow darker and breathier hues into her voice.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2014
All listeners, whichever direction they are coming from, should expect a voyage of discovery...Only a singer with von Otter's near-native grasp of the French language and style could bring this off...Against the odds, this two-CD set is a double pleasure.

New York Times, 4th December 2013
Her approach is sometimes a tad lugubrious for my taste, but the songs are irresistible.

International Record Review, March 2014
Her voice may not be in the first flush of youth, but her sung French is so good, and her sense of idiom so secure, that there's a great deal to enjoy here - especially as the songs have been chosen with such obvious care...No doubts-here - assuming the repertoire appeals, this is a joy.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Atlantis Studio, Stockholm (02/2013); Berwaldhallen, Swedish Radio, Stockholm, Sweden (02/2013); Atlantis Studio, Stockholm (05/2013); Berwaldhallen, Swedish Radio, Stockholm, Sweden (05/2013).



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>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : L'Heure exquise, for voice & piano (no 5 from Chansons grises)
  • Performers: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Le plus beau présent, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
  • Performers: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Clair de lune, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1865

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Si vous n'avez rien à me dire
  • Performers: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1870

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Vogue, vogue la galère, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Bjorn Gafvert (Harmonium); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1877

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Quand je fus pris au pavillon, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II" and "Rondels")
  • Performers: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Puisque j'ai mis ma lèvre, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
  • Performers: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Cimetière de campagne, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
  • Performers: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Le secret, Op. 23 no 3
  • Performers: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 07/06/1881

>Ravel, Maurice : D'Anne jouant de l'espinette, song for voice & harpsichord (or piano) (Épigramme de Marot no 2)
  • Performers: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1896

>Ravel, Maurice : Ballade de la reine morte d'aimer
  • Performers: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1893

>Debussy, Claude : Chansons (3) de Bilitis
  • Performers: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1897-1898

>Loeffler, Charles Martin : La cloche fêlée (The Riven Bell), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Antoine Tamesit (Viola); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Loeffler, Charles Martin : Sérénade (Serenade), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Bengt Forsberg (Piano); Antoine Tamesit (Viola); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Danse macabre
  • Performers: Antoine Tamesit (Viola); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1872

>Monique Andrée Serf : Göttingen, song
  • Performers: Bengan Janson (Accordion); Anders Jakobsen (Violin); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Glanzberg, Norbert : Padam, song
  • Performers: Pär Grebacken (Clarinet); Magnus Wiklund (Trombone); Bengan Janson (Accordion); Anders Jakobsen (Violin); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano); Ulf Forsberg (Violin); Malin Broman (Viola); Karl Olandersson (Trumpet); Per Ekdahl (Drums); Mats Bersgtrom; Kati Raitinen (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Léo Ferré (1916 - 1993) : A Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • Performers: Per Ekdahl (Drums); Mats Bersgtrom; Fabian Fredriksson; Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Monique Andrée Serf : Septembre (Quel joli temps), song
  • Performers: Carl Bagge (Piano); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lemarque, Francis : A Paris
  • Performers: Bengan Janson (Accordion); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Hadjidakis, Manos : Le Facteur, song
  • Performers: Margareta Bengtson (Harp); Mats Bersgtrom; Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Legrand, Michel : La Chanson des Jumelles
  • Performers: Karl Olandersson (Trumpet); Margareta Bengtson (Harp); Per Ekdahl (Drums); Mats Bersgtrom; Pär Grebacken (Clarinet); Magnus Wiklund (Trombone); Carl Bagge (Piano); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Legrand, Michel : I Will Say Goodbye (Je vivrai sans toi)
  • Performers: Carl Bagge (Piano); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kosma, Joseph : Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Per Ekdahl (Drums); Mats Bersgtrom; Magnus Wiklund (Trombone); Carl Bagge (Piano); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Charles Trénet (1913 - 2001) : Douce France
  • Performers: Per Ekdahl (Vibraphone); Per Ekdahl (Drums); Mats Bersgtrom; Bengan Janson (Accordion); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Charles Trénet (1913 - 2001) : Boum
  • Performers: Per Ekdahl (Drums); Mats Bersgtrom; Pär Grebacken (Clarinet); Magnus Wiklund (Trombone); Carl Bagge (Piano); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Karl Olandersson (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Léo Ferré (1916 - 1993) : Le Pont Mirabeau
  • Performers: Bengan Janson (Accordion); Anders Jakobsen (Violin); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Moustaki, Georges : La Carte du tendre, song
  • Performers: Margareta Bengtson (Harp); Per Ekdahl (Drums); Mats Bersgtrom; Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Chanson d'Automne, for voice & piano (no 1 from Chansons grises)
  • Performers: Malin Broman (Viola); Kati Raitinen (Cello); Anders Jakobsen (Violin); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Ulf Forsberg (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Guglielmi, Louis : La vie en rose, song
  • Performers: Malin Broman (Viola); Margareta Bengtson (Harp); Mats Bersgtrom; Kati Raitinen (Cello); Carl Bagge (Piano); Anders Jakobsen (Violin); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Ulf Forsberg (Violin)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Édith Piaf (1915 - 1963), Louiguy.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1946

>Charles Trénet (1913 - 2001) : Que reste-t-il de nos amours?, song
  • Performers: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Ulf Forsberg (Violin); Mats Bersgtrom; Kati Raitinen (Cello); Carl Bagge (Piano); Anders Jakobsen (Violin); Malin Broman (Viola); Per Ekdahl (Drums)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Lenoir, Jean : Parlez-moi d'amour, song
  • Performers: Margareta Bengtson (Harp); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930