Release Date: January 8, 2016
Catalog #: NV6017
Format: Digital & Physical
Romantic
Vocal Music
Voice

Voix Suprême: Mélodies of Jules Massenet

Jules Massenet composer

Shudong Braamse soprano
Charles Hulin piano

On her debut release on Navona Records, VOIX SUPRÊME: MÉLODIES OF JULES MASSENET, coloratura soprano Shudong Braamse presents a selection of Romantic French art songs, illustrating Massenet’s arresting motives, graceful vocal lines, and well-placed accompaniments.

Exhibiting Massenet’s meticulous style, Braamse creates tender and dynamic imagery, intertwining punctuated piano lines with her sensitive voice, which suggests the colors of a flute, while turbulent textures denote climactic moments of emotion. Massenet enriches motives and themes with the incorporation of religious scenes and the evocations of remote locales in works such as the austere Le Petit Jésus and exotic Chanson Andalouse.

In a critique of the evolution of Massenet’s operas, Debussy wrote that “[the composer] surely would have been wiser to go on expressing his genius in delicate colors and whispering melodies and in light airy structures.” These mélodies provide a glimpse of the supple creativity that Debussy so valued, and the effortless confidence, control, and delicacy Braamse offers Massenet’s captivating songs.

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Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
01 Élégie Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 2:11
02 Sonnet payen Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 3:13
03 Chanson andalouse Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 3:11
04 Elle s'en est allée! Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 3:49
05 Le petit Jésus Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 2:34
06 Poème pastoral: No. 2, Musette Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 2:51
07 Septembre Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 3:44
08 L'âme des oiseaux Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 2:36
09 Première danse Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 3:25
10 Les yeux clos Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 2:14
11 Tout passe! Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 2:01
12 Les extases Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 1:54
13 Ma petite mère a pleuré Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 3:14
14 Voix suprême Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 2:10
15 Si vous vouliez bien me le dire Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 1:27
16 L'heureuse souffrance Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 2:11
17 Stances Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 2:24
18 Le sentier perdu Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 2:28
19 Rêverie sentimentale Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 2:39
20 Chanson désespérée Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 1:59
21 L'amour pleure Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 1:43
22 Don César de Bazan: Sevillana (Version for Voice & Piano) Jules Massenet Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano 3:32

All tracks recorded January 18 & 19, 2014 and June 2, 2014 at the Springs Theatre in Tampa FL

Engineer John Zumwalt Stephan
Diction Coach Patricé Nöel Godet
Vocal Coach Violette Vernaud Meyers & Dr. Joseph Meyers
Photography Leideng Photo Studio

Executive Producer Bob Lord
Audio Director Jeff LeRoy
Mastering Engineer Shaun Michaud
Production Engineer Nate Hunter
Art & Production Director Brett Picknell
Graphic Designer Emily Roulo
A&R Chris Robinson
Marketing Manager Ethan Fortin

Artist Information

Shudong Braamse

Soprano

Shudong Braamse has appeared on stages in Canada, Italy, Austria, Estonia, Spain, Finland, Latvia, Singapore, Taiwan, and China. She has premiered a number of vocal works, including Gary Nash’s cycle Peace, Love and Prosperity premiered in Nashville in 2010, and Michael Bulychev-Okser’s Spanish art song Romance de la Luna premiered in 2014 in Tallinn, Estonia.

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