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Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne, Chant de France, Triptyque

Orchestre National de Lille, Serge Baudo & Véronique Gens

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Capable, but aristocratic singing by Veronique Gens

From a musical viewpoint, the songs on this disc are indisputably melodic, memorable -even whistlelable. Canteloube's orchestration of what are mostly folk songs collected by him in the Auvergne region in France are lush, sensual, enveloping the listener. They are written in Auvergnat - a French dialect. Since I have no knowledge of Auvergnat, I am not in a position to comment on Ms. Gens's diction in this dialect. From an interpretative viewpoint, the songs are well sung. Ms. Gens has an elegant, capable, if somewhat aristocratic voice. Her voice sounds very operatic almost not well-suited to these songs, which are more like art songs or lieder, than arias. For this very reason, I keep going back to a disc by the late Victoria de los Angeles. Even though her diction for these songs has been criticized in some quarters, there is an indelible sweetness in her voice that does these songs justice. The playing by the Ochestra National de Lille is good. As a final note, I must admit, I purchased this disc primarily to listen to the Triptyque, which is rarely recorded and/or performed. I had also not heard the Chants de France before.

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