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“Fêtes galantes” is the third release of the duo Bettina Smith and Einar Røttingen on the LAWO Classics label. The focus this time is on the two leading exponents of the French “mélodie”, Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy. Fauré is regarded as the master of the genre, while Debussy elevated it to new heights with his groundbreaking harmonies and treatment of sound. On this album, Smith and Røttingen include relatively familiar along with seldom performed cycles of the two composers and feature some of their latest and perhaps finest works. The title “Fêtes galantes” alludes to the lavish garden parties of Louis XIV at Versailles, as well as to Paul Verlaine’s collection of poems, from which a number of texts on this recording are taken. Here we follow, in contrast to the extravagance of the Sun King, the development of perhaps the two greatest French composers of all time and their search for the essence of the music. The aim of the performers has also been to engage the material on the music’s terms and as borne by the text. Mezzo-soprano Bettina Smith has enjoyed a successful career as an international performer. As a student of both Elly Ameling and Elisabeth Schwartzkopf, she developed a special interest in lieder singing and chamber music. In addition to performing, Bettina Smith is Associate Professor of singing at the University of Stavanger, Norway. Pianist Einar Røttingen is Professor of Music Performance at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen. He has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in major cities in Europe, the USA and Asia. His long and close collaboration with composers such as Harald Sæverud and Ketil Hvoslef has resulted in a number of first performances and critically acclaimed recordings. «[...] the Mallarmé songs sound languidly voluptuous, and Set 2 of Fêtes galantes, with its regretful, bitter colloquies, is delivered with an insistent intensity that makes it utterly engaging.» Tim Ashley – Gramophone, april 2017 review_LWC1116_Gramophone.pdf
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1. Trois Chansons de Bilitis: I. La flûte de Pan 00:02:33 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Claude Debussy
Author Pierre Louÿs
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
2. Trois Chansons de Bilitis: II. La chevelure 00:03:10 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Claude Debussy
Author Pierre Louÿs
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
3. Trois Chansons de Bilitis: III. Le tombeau des Naïades 00:02:25 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Claude Debussy
Author Pierre Louÿs
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
4. Cinq Mélodies de Venise: I. Mandoline 00:01:41 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Paul Verlaine
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
5. Cinq Mélodies de Venise: II. En sourdine 00:03:02 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Paul Verlaine
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
6. Cinq Mélodies de Venise: III. Green 00:01:47 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Paul Verlaine
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
7. Cinq Mélodies de Venise: IV. A Clymene 00:02:13 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Paul Verlaine
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
8. Cinq Mélodies de Venise: V. C’est l’extase 00:02:44 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Paul Verlaine
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
9. Fêtes Galantes 2ême Receuil: I. Les ingénus 00:02:04 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Claude Debussy
Author Paul Verlaine
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
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10. Fêtes Galantes 2ême Receuil: II. Le faune 00:01:52 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Claude Debussy
Author Paul Verlaine
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
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11. Fêtes Galantes 2ême Receuil: III. Colloque sentimental 00:03:09 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Claude Debussy
Author Paul Verlaine
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
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12. Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé: I. Soupir 00:02:35 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Claude Debussy
Author Stéphane Mallarmé
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
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13. Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé: II. Placet futile 00:02:10 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Claude Debussy
Author Stéphane Mallarmé
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
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14. Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé: III. Ô rêveuse, pour que je plonge 00:02:05 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Claude Debussy
Author Stéphane Mallarmé
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
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15. La Chanson d’Ève: I. Paradis 00:06:03 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Charles Van Lerberghe
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
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16. La Chanson d’Ève: II. Prima verba 00:02:24 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Charles Van Lerberghe
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17. La Chanson d’Ève: III. Roses ardentes 00:01:15 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Charles Van Lerberghe
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
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18. La Chanson d’Ève: IV. Comme Dieu rayonne 00:01:54 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Charles Van Lerberghe
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
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19. La Chanson d’Ève: V. L'aube blanche 00:01:16 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Charles Van Lerberghe
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
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20. La Chanson d’Ève: VI. Eau vivante 00:01:18 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Charles Van Lerberghe
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
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21. La Chanson d’Ève: VII. Veilles tu, ma senteur de soleil 00:01:30 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Charles Van Lerberghe
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
22. La Chanson d’Ève: VIII. Dans un parfum de roses blanches 00:01:46 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Charles Van Lerberghe
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
23. La Chanson d’Ève: IX. Crépuscule 00:02:14 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Charles Van Lerberghe
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
24. La Chanson d’Ève: X. Ô mort, poussière d'étoiles 00:02:07 1.50 USD
Main artist Bettina Smith & Einar Røttingen
Composer Gabriel Fauré
Author Charles Van Lerberghe
Performers Bettina Smith | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas