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A Century of French Songs
Emmanuel Chabrier, Charles Gounod, Georges Bizet
A Century of French Songs
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (24) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (37) - Disc #2


      
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Enchantee!
madamemusico | Cincinnati, Ohio USA | 04/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Carole Bogard, well-known in American musical circles for her impeccable and involved performances of Bach, Handel, Monteverdi and Scarlatti, here surprises with her complete command of the French chanson. These are very obviously post-Souzay performances: more interpretation of the words, and more emotional involvement, than one heard from Mary Garden, Maggie Teyte, and Pierre Bernac in the pre-LP era, or from Suzanne Danco within it. Yet she preserves a fine musical line, the voice is completely even without a break from top to bottom, and her French diction is simply superb.

One should also note that, for the most part, these are among the most lively of French songs. Very rarely does one hear a slow song, and Bogard programs them so well that one is simply mesmerized into listening to the whole album ASAP. John Moriarty, better-known as a conductor of the the Baroque repertoire (he can be heard leading the orchestra on the Bogard-Young-Killebrew recording of Handel's "Tamerlano"), here reveals himself a very fine and sensitive pianist as well.

I cannot recommend this album highly enough. If you are a lover of French music, this is a must-have!!"