French Mélodies Part 3
I was looking over my CD shelves today and found myself somewhat (OK... not really) surprised that I own far more music by Russian composers than I do by French composers... in spite of my expressed preference (and in spite of the fact that my collection of the greatest Russian composer, Tchaikovsky, is woefully malnourished). What I have come to recognize is that there is a huge gaping void in French music that limits the amount of music I have by French composers
Updated 02-14-2010 at 06:38 PM by stlukesguild
French Mélodies Part 2: Gérard Souzay
My preference has long been for female singers... at least when dealing with the repertoire of the French Mélodies. The music and the poems both have such a degree of sensuality that they seem to call out for the female voice. Obviously with Philippe Jaroussky I have made an exception... then again, his artful and artificial countertenor is almost a perversely decadent exception.
Recently, however, I discovered Gérard Souzay.
Over the past week I have repeatedly been listening... with great enthusiasm I might add... to the music of a recent discovery (for me): Charles Koechlin. Koechlin was a French composer (November 27, 1867–December 31, 1950) whose music was quite individual... even eclectic... although he is commonly placed among the French Impressionists. It is with a certain degree of disbelief that I first listened to this composer... and then sought out more and more by him... especially when one considers my