Voyage à Paris ~ The Melodies of Francis Poulenc / Lott, Murray, Rolfe Johnson, G. Johnson

Voyage à Paris ~ The Melodies of Francis Poulenc / Lott, Murray, Rolfe Johnson, G. Johnson

Poulenc’s songs are some of the finest of this century. His method of writing was unusual. He would set bits of text as the music occurred to him, a few bars at a time. Sometimes the process would take months, even years. The result is music that changes mood in the blink of an eye, and it was Poulenc’s gift that he was able to create such a seamless line from musical fragments that might seem to have very little in common with each other at all. From the audience’s standpoint, his songs a


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  1. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Superb Modern ‘chansoms’. Buy It., October 21, 2006
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    B. Marold “Bruce W. Marold” (Bethlehem, PA United States) –
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    This review is from: Voyage à Paris ~ The Melodies of Francis Poulenc / Lott, Murray, Rolfe Johnson, G. Johnson (Audio CD)

    ‘Voyage a Paris’, a recording of thirty chansom’s by Francis Poulenc brings to the mid-20th century the great tradition of the European art song / chansom / lieder. While I intellectually find greater pleasure in Schubert’s Lieder in German, the chansom, especially these gems, have a far greater influence on my libido and my sense of ‘pretty things’. Thankfully, Poulenc does not simply reproduce the styles of Debussy, and there is clearly more of both Paris and the 20th Century in these songs than in those of his earlier contemporary, Reynaldo Hahn.

    If you can hold but one or two CD’s of chansoms, pick this work and Susan Graham’s recording of Berlioz ‘les nuits d’ete’.

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  2. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    Ahhh… Poulenc… an incredible composer, a beautiful CD!, January 21, 2005
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    This review is from: Voyage à Paris ~ The Melodies of Francis Poulenc / Lott, Murray, Rolfe Johnson, G. Johnson (Audio CD)

    As a classically trained vocalist, I simply cannot recommend this album enough! I have fallen in love with Felicity Lott’s interpretation of Poulenc and the beautiful upper register of her voice. Graham Johnson’s accompaniment is clear and precise throughout the album (I am especially fond of the crisp chords in Paganini). I highly recommend this recording to any classical music lover and especially anyone interested in French melodie.

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  3. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    surprisingly good, January 19, 2007
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    This review is from: Voyage à Paris ~ The Melodies of Francis Poulenc / Lott, Murray, Rolfe Johnson, G. Johnson (Audio CD)

    I don’t always enjoy Felicity Lott’s singing on other recordings of French and English songs. She’s prone to fluttery vibrato and mushy diction, neither of which is evident in this recording. Here she is in command of the high pianissimo and, where necessary a warm, opulent tone. She really lets loose in the more outgoing numbers and is not at all mannered in her diction. Graham Johnson is brilliant as always, finding a distinct persona in every piano part. Anyone with an interest in Poulenc should own his complete songs, but this disc is a worth having as well.

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