Fiancailles Pour Rire Dessay Cesare

Total duration:1 h 02 min
Composers: Emmanuel Chabrier
Composers: Francis Poulenc
Composers: Francis Poulenc
Composers: Francis Poulenc
Composers: Francis Poulenc
Composers: Francis Poulenc
Composers: Francis Poulenc
Composers: Francis Poulenc
Composers: Francis Poulenc
Composers: Francis Poulenc
Composers: Francis Poulenc
Composers: Ernest Chausson
Composers: Ernest Chausson
Composers: Ernest Chausson
2015 | Erato/Warner Classics

Fiançailles pour rire

Fiançailles pour rire (roughly, Betrothal for Kicks) is the title of a set of short songs composed in 1939 by Francis Poulenc and included in this recital by soprano Natalie Dessay and her exquisite accompanist Philippe Cassard. That group of songs, and the extremely stylized graphics of the album, correspond well enough to the implications of the title, but for the most part the program is not especially lighthearted. What you get here is a little survey of French songs, mostly not so well known, concluding with Heni Duparc, the earliest composer and the one all the others imitated despite the slenderness of his surviving output. Those songs make a luminous finale, but Dessay's way with a text and her realizations of the characters contained in the songs by Fauré, Chabrier, and Chausson make the entire program compelling. The composers of these songs probably had a purer voice in mind, and Dessay's fascinating instrument, agile but with a bit of gravel in it by now, is unorthodox. It is never less than compelling, however, and about the superb Erato/Warner Bros. sound, from the superbly appropriate Salle Colonne in Paris, there will be little dispute. Highly recommended, especially for La Dessay's numerous devotees.

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