“When I can sing in French, it is as if I were allowed to demonstrate the French tradition of centring the voice within the body and nestling it against the text,” Sabine Devieilhe once said in an interview. The song recitals of the Normandy-born soprano with Alexandre Tharaud as her piano partner are among the most beautiful explorations of the French repertoire in our time. In a fascinating symbiosis between music and poetry, vocalism and pianism, the two manage to evoke the evanescent atmosphere of worldly elegance and refined sophistication, natural simplicity and beguiling colourfulness which is so typical for mélodies, hovering as they do on the cusp of romanticism and modernism. In September and October, Sabine Devieilhe and Alexandre Tharaud present a nuanced programme of works by Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc and Beydts at London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Elbphilharmonie and the opera houses in Rouen and Strasbourg.
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