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Paradis Sur Terre: A French Songbook - Caplet: Les Prieres; Lili Boulanger: Cycle of 13 songs; Debussy: Trois Méelodies; Chaminade: Mélodies / Nicky Spence, tenor; Malcolm Martineau, piano

Album Summary

>Caplet, André : Les Prières, for voice, harp & string quartet
>Boulanger, Lili : Clairières dans le ciel (13), for voice & piano
>Debussy, Claude : Mélodies (3), song collection for voice & piano, L. 81
>Chaminade, Cécile L. : Ronde d'amour (Ah! si l'amour prenait racine), for voice & piano, W311
>Chaminade, Cécile L. : Mignonne (Mignonne, allons voir si la rose), for voice & piano, W302
>Chaminade, Cécile L. : Villanelle (Le blé superbe est rentré), for voice & piano, W306
>Chaminade, Cécile L. : Mots d'amour (Quand je te dis des mots lassés), for voice & piano, W331
>Chaminade, Cécile L. : Si j'étais jardinier (Si j'étais jardinier des cieux), for voice & piano, W296
>Chaminade, Cécile L. : L'Été ("Ah! Chantez, chantez!"), for voice & piano, W303
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Tenor Nicky Spence joins pianist Malcolm Martineau for this album of French songs from the early twentieth century. The works on this album were rarely performed at the time of their compositions, as song recitals had not gained popularity. Most of these works were performed in private salons and in chamber settings. Composers featured on this album include Andre Caplet, Lili Boulanger, Claude Debussy, and Cecile Chaminade. Both performers on this album are award-winning artists. Nicky Spence is the 2015 Opera Awards Young Singer of the Year, and Malcolm Martineau was honored with an OBE.

The Guardian, 30th March 2016

Sunday Times, 8th May 2016

BBC Music Magazine, June 2016

The Guardian, 30th March 2016
[Caplet's Apostles' Creed], like everything else here, is beautifully played by Martineau. Spence's tenor may lack the ideal silkiness, but he is an engaging singer with a vibrant sound, capable of soaring above the detailed, shimmering accompaniments of Lili Boulanger's 13 ClairiFres dans le Ciel.

Sunday Times, 8th May 2016
[Spence is] a singer near his prime, and already an artist of taste and discrimination...His French is remarkably idiomatic, and he finds colours and chiaroscuro shading in the music, beautifully underlined by Martineau's playing, that are worthy of a native singer.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2016
Spence's generally light-voiced approach suits the music well, and, as ever, Malcolm Martineau provides the perfect foil... a divinely diverting hour.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2016
Caplet and Boulanger allow us to hear some finely shaded soft singing and a striking mezza voce that extends upwards with ease, resulting in some remarkable hovering phrases in his upper registers... Martineau, as one might expect, is stylish and elegant throughout.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (08/13/2015-08/15/2015).



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>Caplet, André : Les Prières, for voice, harp & string quartet
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (08/13/2015-08/15/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1922

>Boulanger, Lili : Clairières dans le ciel (13), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (08/13/2015-08/15/2015)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913-1914

>Debussy, Claude : Mélodies (3), song collection for voice & piano, L. 81
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (08/13/2015-08/15/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1891

>Chaminade, Cécile L. : Ronde d'amour (Ah! si l'amour prenait racine), for voice & piano, W311
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (08/13/2015-08/15/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Chaminade, Cécile L. : Mignonne (Mignonne, allons voir si la rose), for voice & piano, W302
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (08/13/2015-08/15/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Chaminade, Cécile L. : Villanelle (Le blé superbe est rentré), for voice & piano, W306
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (08/13/2015-08/15/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Chaminade, Cécile L. : Mots d'amour (Quand je te dis des mots lassés), for voice & piano, W331
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (08/13/2015-08/15/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Chaminade, Cécile L. : Si j'étais jardinier (Si j'étais jardinier des cieux), for voice & piano, W296
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (08/13/2015-08/15/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Chaminade, Cécile L. : L'Été ("Ah! Chantez, chantez!"), for voice & piano, W303
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (08/13/2015-08/15/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1894