Irma Kolassi – The Decca Recitals
Irma Kolassi
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4824637
Barcode
00028948246373
Format
4-CD
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CD 1*
2 Spanish Folk Songs (arr. Koeckert)
8 Cantos populares españoles
8 Greek Folk Songs
MAURICE RAVEL: Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (rec. 1952)
DANIEL AUBERT: Six poèmes arabe (excerpts)
DARIUS MILHAUD: Poèmes juifs

CD 2*
Arie Antiche (1953 recording)
GABRIEL FAURÉ:
La chanson d’Eve, Op. 95
3 Mélodies
ROBERT  SCHUMANN: 3 Lieder
FRANZ SCHUBERT: 3 Lieder

CD 3*
Arie Antiche (1955 recording)
CLAUDE DEBUSSY:
Le Promenoir des deux amants
Fêtes galantes I (excerpts)
Trois chansons de Bilitis

Two Greek Folk Songs
MAURICE RAVEL:
Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (1955 recording)
Chansons madécasses

CD 4
ERNEST CHAUSSON: Poème de l’amour et de la mer
JULES MASSENET: Werther! Werther … qui m’aurait dit la place (Werther)
HECTOR BERLIOZ: ‘D’amour l’ardente flamme’ (La Damnation de Faust)

Irma Kolassi, mezzo-soprano
Jacqueline Bonneau, piano
André Collard, piano
Louis de Froment
Anatole Fistoulari

*FIRST RELEASE ON DECCA CD

Recording information

Recording Producers: John Culshaw (Fauré, Milhaud); Peter Andry (Chausson, Berlioz, Massenet); D.M. Walker (Arie antiche – 1955 recordings; Ravel: Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques – 1955 recordings); all others unidentified
Balance Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson (Berlioz, Massenet); all others unidentified
Recording Locations: Paris, 4 March 1952 (Ravel: Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques – 1952 recording; Two Greek Folk Songs; Fauré: Automne, Mandoline, Soir; Aubert); Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, UK, 6 March 1953 (Arie Antiche – 1953 recording, Schubert, Schumann), 5–8 October 1953 (Fauré: La Chanson d’Eve, Milhaud), 24 & 25 May 1954 (Spanish Songs), 26 & 28 May 1954 (Eight Greek Folk Songs), 27 September–1 October 1954 (Debussy, Ravel: Chansons madécasses), 28–29 November 1955 (Arie antiche – 1955 recording) 2–3 December 1955 (Ravel: Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques – 1955 recording); Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 4–7 October 1954 (Berlioz, Massenet), 9–10 May 1955 (Chausson)

Reviews

‘Here is a lovely record. Far from becoming bored by repeated playing of it, I have found my response to the music and the interpretation steadily grow.’ Gramophone (Fauré, Milhaud)

‘The singing throughout is most intelligent, and frequently succeeds perfectly in capturing the atmosphere of the words, while Jacqueline Bonneau accompanies with great skill and sensitivity … it should certainly be in the collection of all connoisseurs of vocal art.’ Gramophone (Spanish and Greek folk songs, Aubert and Fauré)