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ACD22209 - July, 2001

DEBUSSY: Mélodies de jeunesse

Composed by Debussy mostly before he left Paris for the Villa Medici in Rome in 1885 after having won the prestigious Prix de Rome—a two-year stay that was to prove most wearisome for the young composer—nearly all of these mélodies (French art song) are dedicated to the amateur singer Marie-Blanche Vasnier, whose “melodious fairy voice,” among other attributes, had so enticed him. Debussy weaves simple, charming melodies, which give an inkling of things to come, on wonderfully evocative poems by the likes of Théodore de Banville and Paul Verlaine (including his first attempts on the latter’s Fêtes galantes poems). Purity, grace, and delicacy of expression are what is required of these youthful works; celebrated Canadian soprano Donna Brown’s “crystal-clear voice” (Globe & Mail) and Stéphane Lemelin’s sensitive accompaniment deliver just that in these rarely heard songs.

 

 
 
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Disque No 1

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Pantomime
Debussy, Claude
2:20
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En sourdine
Debussy, Claude
3:20
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Mandoline
Debussy, Claude
1:43
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Clair de Lune
Debussy, Claude
3:15
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Fantoches
Debussy, Claude
1:44
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Romance • Silence ineffable
Debussy, Claude
2:39
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Musique
Debussy, Claude
2:00
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Beau Soir
Debussy, Claude
2:30
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Paysage sentimental
Debussy, Claude
3:47
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Romance • Voici que le printemps
Debussy, Claude
2:23
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Regret
Debussy, Claude
2:37
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La Romance d’Ariel
Debussy, Claude
4:27
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Rêverie
Debussy, Claude
2:03
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Souhait
Debussy, Claude
2:32
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Pierrot
Debussy, Claude
1:23
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Zéphyr (Triolet à Philis)
Debussy, Claude
1:22
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Il dort encore (Hymnis)
Debussy, Claude
2:34
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Fête galante
Debussy, Claude
1:48
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Rondeau : Fut-il jamais douceur de cœur pareille…
Debussy, Claude
2:25
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Apparition
Debussy, Claude
3:48
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Berceuse : Il était une fois une fée qui avait un beau sceptre
Debussy, Claude
3:22
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