Anne Sofie von Otter – Douce France (2013)

Composer: Various

Composition: Douce France

Performers: Anne Sofie von Otter

Released: Naïve / 2013

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The catalog of Swedish soprano Anne Sofie von Otter has always included experiments with pop and jazz, but this double album release of 2014 marks the first instance in which she combines mainstream and popular material in the same package. Douce France, named for a song (included) by Charles Trénet, offers mélodies (French art songs of the late 19th and early 20th centuries) and chansons: here, popular songs of the mid-20th century, including the Édith Piaf hit La vie en rose. Give von Otter credit: she makes something new of that chestnut, and in general the chansons are a lot more spirited and attractive than might be expected from someone who is neither French nor a pop singer. The real accomplishment here lies not in the chansons, nor in the mélodies (a diverse group that steers mostly away from the usual Debussy, Ravel, and Fauré items), but in the relationship von Otter finds between these two repertories. She adopts a quiet, intimate tone, transposing several numbers down in order to keep her voice in a comfortable range, and the whole album has the room-sized dimensions that both repertories demand. Von Otter catches the considerable sophistication of many of the chansons and the hints of café rhythm in many of the mélodies. And the fact that she sounds terrific, at age 58, doesn’t hurt a bit. A nice find for lovers of French song. (source: Allmusic)

CD1 – Melodies
01. Reynaldo Hahn: l’Heure exquise
02. Le plus beau présent
03. Camille Saint-Saëns: Clair de lune
04. Si vous n’avez rien à me dire
05. Vogue, vogue la galère
06. Reynaldo Hahn: Quand je fus pris au pavillon
07. Puisque j’ai mis ma lèvre
08. imetière de campagne
09. Gabriel Fauré: Le secret
10. Maurice Ravel: D’Anne jouant de l’espinette
11. Ballade de la reine morte d’aimer
12. Claude Debussy: Trois chansons de Bilitis | La flûte de Pan
13. Trois chansons de Bilitis | La chevelure
14. Trois chansons de Bilitis | Le tombeau des Naïades
15. Charles Martin Loeffler: La cloche fêlée
16. Sérénade
17. Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre

CD2 – Chansons
01. Barbara: Göttingen
02. Norbert Glanzberg: Padam Padam
03. Léo Ferré: A Saint-Germain-des-Prés
04. Barbara: Quel joli temps (septembre)
05. Francis Lemarque: A Paris
06. Mános Hadjidákis: Le facteur
07. Michel Legrand: La chanson des jumelles
08. Je vivrai sans toi
09. Joseph Kosma: Les feuilles mortes
10. Léo Chauliac / Charles Trénet: Douce France
11. Charles Trénet: Boum!
12. Léo Ferré: Le pont Mirabeau
13. George Moustaki: La carte du tendre
14. Reynaldo Hahn: Chanson d’automne
15. Louiguy / Marguerite Monnot: La vie en rose
16. Léo Chauliac / Charles Trénet: Que reste t-il de nos amours
17. Jean Lenoir: Parlez-moi d’amou

Anne-Sofie von Otter – MEZZO-SOPRANO
Carl Bagge / Bengt Forsberg – PIANO
Mats Bergström – GUITAR
Olle Linder – BASS
Bengan Janson – ACCORDION
Margareta Bengtson – VOICE & HARP

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