Paul Derenne - Rare French Songs

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Georges Van Parys, Pierre Yves Petit, Marcelle de Manziarly, Louis Beydts, Henri(-Pierre) Sauguet, Michel Ciry, Jean Françaix, Henri Cliquet-Pleyel, Maxime Jacob, André Caplet, Marcel Delannoy, Maurice (Charles) Delage, Maurice Jaubert, Charles (Louis Eugène) Koechlin, Louis Durey

Label: INA Mémoire Vive

Media Format: CD or Download

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Catalogue Number: 247992

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Virginie Déjazet Paul Derenne
Georges Van Parys Composer
Maréchele Sans-Gêne Paul Derenne
Pierre Yves Petit Composer
(3) Fables de la Fontaine Paul Derenne
Henri Sauguet
Marcelle de Manziarly Composer
Jeux rustiques Louis Beydts Composer
Paul Derenne
André Collard
(Le) Jour où la mort viendra frapper à ta port Paul Derenne
Henri Sauguet
Henri(-Pierre) Sauguet Composer
Sonnet sur la mort de son fils Michel Ciry Composer
Paul Derenne
Henri Sauguet
(L') Adolescence clémentine André Collard
Paul Derenne
Jean Françaix Composer
(La) Chanson du bon sommeil d'automne Henri Cliquet-Pleyel Composer
Paul Derenne
Henri Cliquet-Pleyel
Cartes postales Maxime Jacob Composer
Paul Derenne
Henri Sauguet
(Le) Corbeau et la renard Paul Derenne
André Caplet Composer
Henri Sauguet
(Le) Serpent Paul Derenne
Marcel Delannoy Composer
Henri Sauguet
(3) Chants de la jungle Maurice (Charles) Delage Composer
Henri Sauguet
Paul Derenne
(3) Fables de la Fontaine Paul Derenne
Marcelle de Manziarly Composer
Henri Sauguet
(2) Sonnets André Caplet Composer
Henri Sauguet
Paul Derenne
En Arles Paul Derenne
Maurice Jaubert Composer
Henri Sauguet
(Le) Colibri Paul Derenne
Henri Sauguet
Charles (Louis Eugène) Koechlin Composer
(Le) Bestiaire Henri Sauguet
Louis Durey Composer
Paul Derenne
Virginie Déjazet Georges Van Parys Composer
Paul Derenne
(La) Cigale et la fourmi Paul Derenne
Henri Cliquet-Pleyel
Henri Cliquet-Pleyel Composer
(La) Poule aux oeufs durs Henri Cliquet-Pleyel
Paul Derenne
Henri Cliquet-Pleyel Composer
The title of this CD is something of an understatement: rare songs. Even the names of some of the composers will be unfamiliar to many – Michel Ciry, Marcelle de Manziarly, Marcel Delannoy and Maxime Jacob. Paul Derenne himself is known for his performance as Gonzalve in Ansermet’s 1953 recording of Ravel’s L’heure espagnole (Decca, 6/93), and for his contribution to Nadia Boulanger’s 1937 set of Monteverdi madrigals (EMI, 1/89).
The earliest items on this compilation are three light-opera arias, one from Pierre Petit’s Marechele Sans-Gene and two from Georges van Parys’s Virginie Dejazet. In the 1930s Derenne was offered a recording contract by Pathe, who saw him as a new rival to Tino Rossi, singer of romantic tangos. Derenne preferred the world of opera and the concert platform and devoted much of his career to modern composers, for years having a radio programme called L’invitation au voyage which explored the melodie repertory.
The most substantial pieces here are three groups of songs, Jeux rustiques by Louis Beydts, L’adolescence clementine by Jean Francaix and Cartes postales by Maxime Jacob. All the music is what one might call post-Satie, the piano parts sometimes seeming more like incidental music for a recitation of the poem than an engagement with the text in the more robust style of Ravel or Poulenc.
Renaud Machart, the author of the excellent essays on Derenne and his composers, suggests that the ‘zoological style’ with which so many French composers toyed was essentially an excuse for light-hearted humour. Marcel Delannoy’s Le serpent, Henri Cliquet-Pleyel’s settings of fables by Charles Morlaix, and Marcelle de Manziarly’s of two better-known fables by La Fontaine all come into this category. Six of Louis Durey’s versions of Apollinaire’s Le bestiaire are more serious. (These were composed at the same time as Poulenc’s – neither knew the other was at work on the same idea.)
The sound on these radio tapes is as clear as a modern recording, the voice a little forward, with Henri Sauguet’s dedicated playing of other people’s music – only one of his own songs is included, a poem by Rabindranath Tagore translated by Gide, Le jour ou la mort viendra frapper a ta porte. Derenne’s voice by the late 1950s is occasionally strained on the high notes but otherwise unimpaired, and his singing is in the best tradition of light-voiced French tenors. What a huge literature of French song from the mid-twentieth century there is waiting to be rediscovered. This is a disc of the utmost fascination and importance.'

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