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Nadia Boulanger  Icon: The American Decca Recordings
Nadia Boulanger  Icon: The American Decca Recordings


From Monteverdi to Brahms via French Baroque rarities: the Decca Gold (US) legacy of Nadia Boulanger, a complete musician. Newly remastered and issued complete for the first time, with fascinating liner notes by Nigel Simeone. Original Jackets, Limited Edition. Composer, teacher, organist, pianist, harpsichordist, choir trainer, conductor, musicologist: there seemed to be no end to the talents of Nadia Boulanger though she liked to insist that her gifts paled in comparison to her tragically short-lived sister, Lili. Nadia compensated with ceaseless industry. By the time of her early twenties, having studied with Fauré and undertaken the famously rigorous Paris Conservatoire formation, she was already reviving Bach cantatas in concert. In this guise she came to the attention of the American heiress and assiduous sponsor of avant-garde culture in Paris, the Princesse de Polignac, and with her support founded a vocal consort which made valuable and often-reissued HMV recordings of Monteverdi and Brahms in the 1930s. Boulangers postwar recordings for American Decca, while also made in Paris, are much less widely known, having been issued on Brunswick LPs with limited availability outside the US and on Decca Gold in the US. Having returned to Paris after her wartime exile on the American east coast, she revived her consort for concerts at the Polignac salon, drawing together the most resilient of her older colleagues, such as the tenor Hugues Cuénod, with younger vocal talents such as Nadine Sautereau and Irma Kolassi, who had already established an international career for themselves but were devoted to Boulanger and her tender tyranny in securing precise, selfless and stylish performances of a repertoire that was still largely the exclusive property of scholars rather than musicians. As well as returning to Monteverdi, the American Decca sessions of 195254 venture into what was then much less familiar territory, of chansons and madrigals by the likes of Josquin, Lassus and Le Jeune, winding up with a typically flamboyant Janéquin showpiece which imitates an entire aviary. Then there are pioneering records of excerpts from music-dramas by Charpentier and Rameau, and finally a return to Brahmss domestic vocal music, though as with Monteverdi in new and complementary repertoire, the Neue Liebeslieder and a selection from the more introspective late vocal quartets Opp. 92 and 112. On all these records Boulangers affection for the music shines through, as well as her scrupulous attention to the detail of its expression. One finishes listening to this disc with renewed admiration for Monteverdis astonishing genius. Nadia Boulangers profound understanding of his genius is without peer in the world Alec Robertson, Gramophone, July 1954 (Monteverdi) It is in the French works that the group really reaches the heights. Here the light, French tone is perfectly apt, and it is gratifying to be able to report the ultimate subtlety Mlle. Boulangers use of a different quality of vocal tone for each of the works, depending on the period and the subject matter. High Fidelity, July 1953 (French Renaissance Vocal Music) No-one living has mastered this style, in its grave urgency, better than Mme. Boulanger, who gives it back without contaminating its archaic eloquence with archness. High Fidelity, November 1953 (Rameau) This disc displays her genius at its finest I have enjoyed every moment of this enchanting disc, and am sure it will have an appeal far outside specialist circles. Gramophone, June 1954 (French Renaissance Vocal Music) A well-balanced and quite comprehensive selection of the music of Medée The performances offered by Mlle. Boulanger and her group leave little to be desired in the way of energy and rhythmic vitality Sautereau offers as perfect a version of Creuse's halting, dying words as one could wish for. Musical Quarterly, July 1954 (Charpentier) Nadia Boulangers control of the score is wholly magnificent, a great artist at work wonderfully vivid Philip Hope-Wallace, Gramophone, July 1954 (Charpentier) Spirit and fine ensemble. Gramophone, August 1955 (Brahms)


  1. Name
  2. CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI Madrigals: Book 5 -No. 2: O Mirtillo, Mirtillanima Mia
  3. No. 3: Era Lanima Mia
  4. Scherzi Musicali - Damigella Tutta Bella
  5. Madrigals: Book - O Come Vaghi
  6. Madrigals: Book 4 - Sfogava Con Le Stelle, SV 78
  7. Madrigals: Book 8 - Dolcissimo Uscignuolo
  8. Madrigals: Book 7 - Interotte Speranze
  9. Madrigals: Book 4 - A Un Giro Sol Debeglocchi
  10. Scherzi Musicali, Cioe Arie, Et Madrigali In Stil Recitativo - Quel Sguardo Sdegnosetto
  11. Madrigals: Book 8 - Su, Su Pastorelli Vezzosi
  12. Madrigals: Book 6 - No. 7: Qui Rise, O Tirsi Five Voices (Marini, 1614)
  13. JOSQUIN DES PREZ (c.14501521) Mille Regretz
  14. CLEMENT JANEQUIN (c.14850131558) Ce Moys De May
  15. CLAUDE LE JEUNE (c.15281600) Hellas, Mon Dieu Ton Ire Sest Tournee
  16. ORLANDE DE LASSUS Bonjour, Mon Coeur (No. 1 Of Quatriesme Livre Des Chansons A 4 Et 5 Parties)
  17. GUILLAUME COSTELEY (15301606) Noblesse Git Au Coeur
  18. ORLANDE DE LASSUS Quand Mon Mari Vient De Dehors (No. 4 Of Quatriesme Livre Des Chansons A 4 Et 5 Parties)
  19. Traditional A Declarer Mon Affection
  20. GUILLAUME COSTELEY (15301606) Mignonne, Allon Voir Si La Roze
  21. CLAUDIN DE SERMISY (c.1490) Hau, Hau, Hau Le Boys (31 Chansons Musicales)
  22. CLAUDE LE JEUNE (c.15281600) Revecy Venir Du Printemps (Le Printemps, 1513)
  23. JACQUES MAUDUIT (15571627) Vous Me Tuez Si Doucement (Chansonettes Mesurées)
  24. CLAUDE LE JEUNE (c.15281600) Tu Ne Lenten Pas, Cest Latin
  25. CLAUDIN DE SERMISY (c.1490) Au Joly Boys
  26. PIERRE BONNET (c.1600) Francion Vint Lautre Jour
  27. CLEMENT JANEQUIN (c.1485) Le Chant Des Oiseaux
  28. MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER (16431704) Medee- Excerpts
  29. JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (16830131764) Excerpts From: Dardanus
  30. Castor Et Pollux
  31. Hippolyte Et Aricie
  32. Dardanus
  33. Les Indes Galantes
  34. Hippolyte Et Aricie
  35. Castor Et Pollux
  36. Les Fetes DHebe
  37. Acanthe Et Cephise
  38. Les Fetes DHebe
  39. JOHANNES BRAHMS Neue Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 65
  40. Three Quartets, Op. 64
  41. O Schone Nacht, Op. 92 No. 1
  42. Sehnsucht, Op. 112 No. 1
  43. Nachtens, Op. 112 No. 2
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