Release Date: January 8, 2016
Catalog #: NV6017
French Art Songs by Jules Massenet
Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano
2 Sonnet payen
3 Chanson andalouse
4 Elle s’en est allée!
5 Le petit Jésus
8 L’âme des oiseaux
9 Première danse
10 Les yeux clos
11 Tout Passe!
12 Les extases
13 Ma peptite mère a pleuré
14 Voix Suprême
15 Si vous vouliez bien me le dire
16 L’heureuse souffrance
18 Le sentier perdu
19 Rêverie sentimentale
20 Chanson Désespérée
21 L’Amour pleure
ALSO ON NAVONA RECORDS
BELLE NUIT (NV5983)
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.
An international performer, coloratura soprano Shudong Braamse has appeared on stages in Italy, Estonia, Spain, Austria, Singapore, China, Canada, and the United States
Braamse has performed as Lucy in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone, Sally in Thomas Arne’s Thomas and Sally, and Josephine in Sir Arthur Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. As a recitalist, she has premiered a number of works by Asian and American composers including Gary Nash’s cycle Peace, Love and Prosperity
Braamse is a Professor of Voice at Southeastern University in Lakeland FL, as well as a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
Since 2014, Braamse has been an artist and faculty of the Alion Baltic International Music Festival
The books she translated – Complete Preparation: A Guide to Auditioning for Opera by Joan Dornemann and Basics of Vocal Pedagogy by Clifton Ware, have been published by People’s Music Publishing House in Beijing China
Braamse’s earlier album, Silver Night, introduces American listeners to the songs of Yao Qi, a poet and composer from Singapore
She has given numerous master classes at Chinese universities including Wuhan Conservatory, Capital Normal University in Beijing, and Jiaotong University in Shanghai
Braamse received her BA in Music Education from Fuyang Teacher’s College in China, and received her MM and DMA in Voice Performance from Michigan State University
An international performer, coloratura soprano Shudong Braamse has appeared on stages in Italy, Austria, Estonia, Spain, Singapore, China, Canada, and the United States. Holding masters and doctoral degrees in vocal performance from Michigan State University, she is a professor of voice at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and has served as artist faculty at the Alion Baltic International Music Festival in Tallinn, Estonia. She is also an active adjudicator, judging for events such as the George Gershwin International Music Competition in New York.
Shudong has a passion for sharing the traditions of Western vocal music with her native China and sharing developments in Chinese concert music with audiences and students in America. She has given numerous master classes and recitals at universities and concert halls in China and has translated Complete Preparation: A Guide to Auditioning for Opera by Joan Dornemann and Basics of Vocal Pedagogy by Clifton Ware into Chinese. Both works are available from People’s Music Publishing House in Beijing. Shudong’s earlier album, Silvery Night, introduces American listeners to the songs of Yao Qi, a poet and composer from Singapore.
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