My post today deals with a new recording by soprano Natalie Dessay in which we hear the following:
Auf dem Wasser zu singen (No. 2 from Zwölf Lieder von Franz Schubert, S558)
Liebesbotschaft, D957 No.1
Du bist die Ruh D776 (Rückert)
Die Gotter Griechenlands D677 (Schiller)
Gretchen am Spinnrade, D118
Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt, D877/4
Die Stadt, D957 No. 11
Am Bach im Fruhling, D361
Suleika I, D720
Geheimes, D719 (Goethe)
Ganymed, D544 (Goethe)
Nachtviolen D752 (Mayrhofer)
Rastlose Liebe, D138
Im Frühling, D882
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D965, with Thomas Savy (clarinet)
All performed by Natalie Dessay (soprano) and Philippe Cassard (piano)
In this first German album of Natalie Dessay, 4 Lieder have never been sung by a woman before.
Natalie Dessay is a regular collaborator with Michel Legrand and together they have performed all over the world. She is also a committed recital singer, frequently performing French melodies and German Lieder with Laurent Naouri, Maciej Pikulski or Philippe Cassard.
In 2015 she revealed new depths of dramatic and rhetorical insight, making her debut as a narrator in performances of Howard Barkler’s monologue Und at the Théâtre Olympia in Tours, and in Paris at the Théâtre de l’Athénée.
Natalie Dessay is the only French female artist to be awarded the honorary rank of Kammersängerin (Chamber singer) by the Vienna Opera.