SOUZAY, GERARD Melodies Francaises. A French Song Collection Works by Faure, Poulenc, Ravel, Leguerny, Hahn, Duparc, Gounod etc. Dalton Baldwin. Newton Classics 4cds

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Souzay Melodies Francaises A Dalton Baldwin Newton Classics 4Cds

GÉRARD SOUZAY

Mélodies Françaises

A French Song Collection

Faure, Poulenc, Ravel, Leguerny, Hahn, Duparc, Gounod, Chabrier, Bizet, Franck, Roussel

Gérard Souzay - baritone

Dalton Baldwin – piano

Gérard Souzay (1918-2004) was born into a musical family, his father was a cellist, and his two brothers and his sister all singers. Souzay chose to study philosophy at the university, and it was only after a meeting with Pierre Bernac in Paris in 1942 that he was persuaded to enter the Paris Conservatoire to study singing. He entered the concert circuit shortly after the end of the war, and soon displayed the qualities that would make him one of the great singers of the 20th century – a love of words and a superb technique that combined a fine tone with a natural gift for expression.

His obituaries in 2004 all commented on the qualities of his voice, and were full of epithets such as ‘warm’, ‘lyrical’, ‘supple’, ‘sensual’ and ‘vibrant’.

Keen not to be pigeon-holed as a French singer of French music, he performed in 12 languages over a wide range of repertoire, but it is nonetheless in the world of French Song, a medium he did so much to champion, that the qualities of his remarkable voice can best be appreciated. It is a voice of great beauty, and in this repertoire provides an eternal lesson in the application of both intelligence and imagination.

This 4CD set brings together the recordings he made in the 1960s.

Newton Classics 4cds 8802007

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