French Orchestral Songs/Elly Ameling & Hildegard Behrens

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Berlioz
Les nuits d’été
Ravel
Shéhérazade
Duparc
Chanson triste
L’invitation au voyage
Debussy
La damoiselle élue


Reviewed by: William Yeoman

Reviewed: November 2006
CD No: PHILIPS ELOQUENCE 476 7982
Duration: 78 minutes

Hildegard Behrens here relishes Berlioz’s cycle, delivering a sensuous performance of surprising delicacy – ‘Le spectre de la rose’ is particularly fine. The remainder of the disc belongs to Elly Ameling, who so excelled in French song. The fragrant exoticism of Ravel’s “Shéhérazade” is perfectly captured, as is the languid beauty of “L’invitation au voyage”. Both conductors ensure sensitive orchestral accompaniments.

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