Douce France

Douce France

by Anne Sofie von OtterAnne Sofie von Otter


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The catalog of Swedish soprano Anne Sofie von Otter has always included experiments with pop and jazz, but this double album release of 2014 marks the first instance in which she combines mainstream and popular material in the same package. "Douce France," named for a song (included) by Charles Trénet, offers mélodies (French art songs of the late 19th and early 20th centuries) and chansons: here, popular songs of the mid-20th century, including the Édith Piaf hit "La vie en rose." Give von Otter credit: she makes something new of that chestnut, and in general the chansons are a lot more spirited and attractive than might be expected from someone who is neither French nor a pop singer. The real accomplishment here lies not in the chansons, nor in the mélodies (a diverse group that steers mostly away from the usual Debussy, Ravel, and Fauré items), but in the relationship von Otter finds between these two repertories. She adopts a quiet, intimate tone, transposing several numbers down in order to keep her voice in a comfortable range, and the whole album has the room-sized dimensions that both repertories demand. Von Otter catches the considerable sophistication of many of the chansons and the hints of café rhythm in many of the mélodies. And the fact that she sounds terrific, at age 58, doesn't hurt a bit. A nice find for lovers of French song.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2013
Label: Naive
UPC: 0822186053430
catalogNumber: 5343

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anne Sofie von Otter   Primary Artist,Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Ulf Forsberg   Violin
Mats Bergström   Acoustic Guitar
Pär Grebacken   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Kati Raitinen   Cello
Per Ekdahl   Drums,Vibes
Karl Olandersson   Trumpet
Bengt Forsberg   Piano
Margareta Bengtson   Harp,Vocals
Malin Broman   Viola
Bjorn Gafvert   Harmonium
Antoine Tamestit   Viola
Olle Linder   Bass
Magnus Wiklund   Trombone
Carl Bagge   Piano,Hammond Organ
Bengan Janson   Accordion
Anders Jakobsen   Violin
Fabian Fredriksson   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Gabriel Fauré   Composer
Reynaldo Hahn   Composer
Charles Martin Loeffler   Composer
Maurice Ravel   Composer
Camille Saint-Saëns   Composer
Michel Legrand   Songwriter,Composer
Edith Piaf   Composer
Charles Trénet   Songwriter,Composer
Victor Hugo   Text
Georges Moustaki   Songwriter,Composer
Claude Debussy   Composer
Jacques Demy   Songwriter
Jean Lenoir   Songwriter,Composer
Jacques Prévert   Songwriter
Anne Sofie von Otter   Producer,Liner Notes
Manos Hadjidakis   Songwriter,Composer
Léo Ferré   Songwriter,Composer
Francis Lemarque   Songwriter,Composer
Charles Baudelaire   Text
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Eddy Marnay   Songwriter
Guillaume Apollinaire   Songwriter
Léo Chauliac   Songwriter
Henri Contet   Songwriter
Paul Verlaine   Songwriter,Text
Richard Dumas   Cover Photo
Charles Johnston   Liner Note Translation
Norbert Glanzberg   Composer
Per Ekdahl   Arranger,Producer
Renaud Machart   Liner Notes
Bengt Forsberg   Arranger
Margareta Bengtson   Arranger
Jean-Pierre Loisil   Recording Producer
Paul Armand Silvestre   Text
Françoise Lo   Songwriter
Marie-Stella Paris   Liner Note Translation
Henri Cazalis   Text
Catulle Mendes   Text
Charles d'Orléans   Text
Roland de Marès   Text
Gabriel Vicaire   Text
Maurice Magre   Text
Clement Marot   Text
Pierre Louys   Text
Janne Hanson   Engineer
Monique Andrée Serf   Composer
Carl Bagge   Arranger
Bengan Janson   Arranger
Katrin Heydenreich   Liner Note Translation
Jean Alcard   Text

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