Illuminations - Nicholas Phan

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Label: AVIE
Catalog: AV2382
Format: CD

Knights, The; Phan, Nicholas; Huang, Myra; Jacobsen, Colin; Jacobsen, Eric; Telegraph Quartet

Following acclaimed albums devoted to Britten, baroque lute songs and German lieder, Grammy Award-nominated tenor Nicholas Phan continues to spread his wings with Illuminations, an album featuring compositions by Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy and Gabriel Faure who were each inspired by the poetry of two nineteenth century French literary titans, Paul Verlaine and his protégé and eventual lover Arthur Rimbaud. The intertwined lives of the French poets and composers manifested themselves in Faure’s impassioned Verlaine-inspired ‘La bonne chanson’ and Debussy’s ‘Ariettes oubliees’ drawn from Verlaine’s ‘Romances sans paroles.’ Just decades later Britten was inspired by Rimbaud’s influential prose-poetry ‘Les Illuminations.’ Critical acclaim for Nicholas Phan has been widespread. “One of the most beautiful young lyric voices around.” (Opera News) “So many strengths… a dapper, cultivated timbre, splendid enunciation, and keen intelligence and musicianship.” (WQXR)

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