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The Good Song

The Good Song

  • By Thomas Meglioranza
  • Release 18/12/2013
  • Media Format CD
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Price: $21.00

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'Sublime is the first word that comes to mind when confronted with this new recital disc by the skillful, intelligent baritone, Thomas Meglioranza, whose knack for French songs by Fauré, Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc matches the distinction he has shown previously in recordings of canonical Schubert and contemporary music. Reiko Uchida, playing an 1890 Pleyel piano, supports his light, handsome voice with insight, subtlety, and pearly luminosity.' --The New York Times '...those who know his voice well might be astounded at how much it is transformed by the French language, which gives him a light baritonal quality recalling the young Gérard Souzay...His manner in La bonne chanson is so inside the music that he approaches the text almost as a conversation.'--Gramophone 'Meglioranza has a rich, slightly understated baritone voice, perfect for Schubert, even better for Fauré.' --American Record Guide 'Following up his enjoyable recording of Schubert songs, Thomas Meglioranza delivers sophisticated performances of French mélodies. Fauré's 'La bonne chanson', the title song cycle, is full of romantic selections set to Paul Verlaine's poetry that could be well suited to Valentine's Day listening. Meglioranza's smooth baritone suits the French style. He sings with subtlety but still vividly conveys enthusiasm and affection. In 'Avant que tu ne t'en ailles', he becomes particularly dynamic as he illustrates animated quail song, the tenderness of a poet's expression, and a majestic lark. He and the attentive Uchida switch gears effectively for the mysterious world of Debussy's 'Fêtes galantes II' and bring vitality to Poulenc's 'Chansons gaillardes', not shying away from their torment in love, giddiness in sin, vulgarity, or bitterness.'--The Star Ledger ''Warm' and 'subtle' are also apt adjectives for the new album of French songs by baritone Thomas Meglioranza and pianist Reiko Uchida . . . like Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, one of his idols, Meglioranza has a light, beautiful voice that can be plaintive or funny or touching. Uchida accompanies him with a supple and winning style, never receding into the background or overshadowing the singer. If you like classical chansons and lieder, this is a team to remember.' --The Charlotte Observer 'a fine collection of some more unusual and exciting vocal repertoire from the late romantic and early modern periods, faithfully realised with subtlety and nuance.'--Limelight Magazine.

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Title: The Good Song
Release Date: 18/12/2013
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 888174376271
Item #: 1024379X