Stephane Degout: Melodies | Naive V5209

Stephane Degout: Melodies


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Label: Naive

Cat No: V5209

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 24th January 2011



“One of today's finest exponents of French song … there's no mistaking the quality of his sensual, yet gritty voice, or of his artistry … you're conscious – as in the various settings of Baudelaire, Verlaine and Gautier – of listening to great poetry as well as great music.” - The Guardian

New Naïve signing baritone Stéphane Degout has already featured as soloist with the internationally renowned choral group Accentus on Brahms' German Requiem and Fauré's Requiem. The programme on his solo debut CD is a selection of mélodies by various French composers - Debussy, Ravel, Duparc, Saint-Saëns, Chabrier, and Reynaldo Hahn.

Stéphane Degout first met pianist Hélène Lucas when he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon in 1995. She soon detected the young singer’s qualities and introduced him to the world of the mélodie and the lieder, and Stéphane gave his first recitals of this repertoire with Hélène Lucas as accompanist. After his acclaimed debut as Papageno at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence, the international operatic world opened its doors to him and kept him away from the lied and the mélodie for a while, but he has now returned to his roots.

Next to the great names of the French mélodie, Fauré, Debussy and Ravel, Gounod, Bizet, Chabrier and Saint-Saëns appear less often in the singer’s repertoire. Among the latter’s many songs, the pieces featured here are splendid examples of subtle orientalism. The less numerous mélodies of Chabrier introduce a French approach to Wagnerism with highly elaborate piano parts and extremely sensual vocal lines.

The third of the somewhat neglected mélodistes represented in this programme is Reynaldo Hahn. His vocal works are frequently viewed as relatively lightweight, but the two songs featured here - Trois jours de vendanges and Cimetière de campagne - are full of depth and melancholy.

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