Michel Legrand & Natalie Dessay – Entre elle et lui (2013)
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After her triumphs in the world’s great opera houses, Natalie Dessay crosses over. A tribute to the legendary Michel Legrand who has scored some of the most famous musical soundtracks.
This autumn, starting in fine fashion with two concerts at Paris’ legendary ‘music hall’ the Olympia, she undertakes a tour of France with the celebrated composer and jazz pianist Michel Legrand.
Legrand trained at the Paris Conservatoire with no less a teacher than Nadia Boulanger and is known around the world for his haunting music for Jacques Demy’s 1964 film Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), and for his work in Hollywood, which has brought him three Oscars: for his scores for the 1983 Barbra Streisand film Yentl and the 1971 film The Summer of’42, and for his song, ‘The Windmills Of Your Mind’, from the 1968 Steve McQueen movie The Thomas Crown Affair.
Dessay first became aware of Legrand at the age of six or so, when she saw another film directed by Jacques Demy, the fairy tale Peau d’âne. “At the time, I would never have imagined singing with him. Now we are good friends and I am lucky enough to work with him on a regular basis … I think Michel Legrand is a genius, just as Mozart was a genius. He is also a melodic virtuoso. You hear two notes and you know it’s one of his songs.” Dessay describes popular song as “an art that can demand great refinement. A song like Georges Brassens ‘Saturne’ has as much value, for me, as an opera by Bellini. In opera, you open up and let go. In a popular song, like when your singing German lieder or French art-song, you have to concentrate your voice – to learn to say a lot with less power, especially if you are using a microphone.”
The album that Dessay and Legrand have recorded together is Entre elle et lui (Between Her and Him). With a focus on voice, piano, bass and drums, it includes Legrand’s Oscar-winners, a duet from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg – which brings Dessay together with her husband, the bass-baritone Laurent Naouri, the Lilac Fairy’s song from Peau d’âne (as sung in the film by the enchanting Delphine Seyrig), and the sisters’ sassy duet from Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, performed in Jacques Demy’s film by Catherine Deneuve and her real-life sister Françoise Dorléac, but appropriated here (in this) album by Dessay and fellow soprano Patricia Petitbon. A further special guest on the album is the distinguished harpist Catherine Michel, who is also Michel Legrand’s wife.
01. Chanson de Delphine (from the movie Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)
02. Le Cinéma
03. Chanson de Delphine à Lancien (from the movie Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)
04. Papa Can You Hear Me (from the movie Yentl)
05. Cake d’Amour (from the movie Peau d’Âne)
06. La valse des lilas
07. Les moulins de mon coeur (from the movie The Thomas Crown Affair)
08. L’âme soeur à l’hameçon
09. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?
10. Nous sommes des soeurs jumelles (from the movie Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)
11. Le rouge et le noir
12. Conseil de la Fée Lilas (from the movie Peau d’Âne)
13. Duo de Guy et Geneviève (from the movie Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)
14. La chanson de Louba
15. La chanson
16. Paris Violon
17. The Summer Knows (from the movie Summer ’42)
18. Mon dernier concert
Natalie Dessay, soprano
Michel Legrand, piano, vocals
Pierre Boussaguet, double bass
François Laizeau, drums
Patricia Petibon, soprano
Laurent Naouri, vocals
Catherine Michel, harp
Recorded at Studio Davout, Paris 25 – 27. II. 2013, Studio Guillaume Tell, Suresnes, 11.VII. 2013 (Tracks 1, 4, 8, 9, 14, 17)
Sound engineer: Roland Guyotel
Executive Producer: Alain Lanceron