As we know, Dessay is a singer of great skill, gifted with a voice that extends with ease well into the topmost regions.
In Les filles de Cadix she whistles up to the F sharp in alt (not that one really wants her to do so in this instance), and it is pleasing to note that she remains firm and effective in the middle register.
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Née en 1965 à Lyon, Natalie (sans "h", hommage discret à Natalie Wood) grandit à Bordeaux.
But of course the Musical Times critic would probably claim that most of the items here are a different matter, not truly vocalises at all for the most part, the ones by Ravel and Rachmaninov being of altogether more musical interest than the scales and roulades of Rossini.
Presumably the Proch variations would come nearest to his idea, though even these seem less vacuous in their present reincarnation, Lucia di Lammermoor’s “Verranno a te” melody making an unexpected and enriching appearance towards the end.“The proper place for the performance of vocalises is in the singing studios” wrote a critic in The Musical Times of January 1934 (the object of his reprimand was Conchita Supervia who had introduced an aria by Rossini into one of her concert programmes).We take a less severe view these days, and personally I would not complain if a whole CD were devoted to Concone’s exercises sung as agreeably as are the various items in this recital by Natalie Dessay."Le Matelot qui tombe à l'eau" is something like a less-filled-out version of "Nuit d'étoiles," while "L'archet," a setting of an Oscar Wildean fairy tale, is similarly slight.(The latter may not really be a song; the booklet essay coyly states that "two sketches survive.") On the other hand, "Les Elfes" is an enormous ballad, lasting some seven minutes in this performance.In his note to this recording, he refers to the donor of the manuscripts only as "a patron of the arts," but in an interview with magazine he identified her as the granddaughter of Gabriel Saint-René Taillandier, who studied organ with César Franck and was a friend of Debussy.The songs are attractive, if not vital to our understanding of the composer.Balade dans un paysage où les cimes sont autant de contre ut, de contre mi et de contre fa ! Avec cette sélection de livres sonores, de contes, comptines et d'éveil musical, vous avez de quoi en mettre plein les yeux et les oreilles de nos chers bambins. Lire la suite Le pseudo snobisme des soit-disant connaisseurs de "grands airs" pousse beaucoup de gens à discréditer ce CD.Disons alors que c'est un album fait pour le connaisseurs de "grandes voix", car une belle voix n'a pas toujours besoin d'une partition à la mozart pour émouvoir! Natalie Dessay le reconnaissait elle-même à plusieurs reprises dans les interviews à l'époque de la sortie du disque : le programme est superficiel et peu intéressant.' Gramophone's expert reviews easier than ever before.Whether you want to see what we think of today's latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database." Gramophone's expert reviews easier than ever before.