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Performer: Philippe Cassard

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GenevaNatalie Dessay

Schubert, Wolf, Chopin, Bellini, Massenet, Granados, Roussel, Ravel, Debussy, Delibes
Natalie Dessay; Philippe Cassard
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Philippe Cassard dons his dancing shoes

Philippe Cassard © Vincent Catala
Waltzing on a Monday evening? Wigmore Hall is not exactly the Tower Ballroom, but last night it did a fair impression as a temple of dance when Philippe Cassard played the third of his Debussy Perspectives series.
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Wigmore Hall englouti: Philippe Cassard

Philippe Cassard © Jean-Baptiste Millot
“Wigmore Hall is flooded now!” confessed Philippe Cassard. It was Claude Debussy who left the tap running, with every form of precipitation – rain, snow, fog – pouring from the Steinway's keyboard, trickling from fountain, springing from river beds. 
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Fifty shades of Debussy: Philippe Cassard’s masterclass

Philippe Cassard © Vincent Catala
At Wigmore Hall, Philippe Cassard took us on an engrossing picture postcard tour of Debussy’s musical world. 
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Effect over Substance in Natalie Dessay's Montreal art song recital

Natalie Dessay’s recital at the Maison Symphonique last night should have been an art song lover’s dream come true. Instead the audience was treated to a bizarre spectacle of over-expression and under-singing.
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Les Liebeslieder de Brahms à la Philharmonie : deux pleins cahiers de bonheur !

Natalie Dessay, Karine Deshayes, Werner Güra, Laurent Naouri © Julien Hanck
Hier soir à la Philharmonie, la rencontre miraculeuse d’une distribution de très haut vol et d’un public aussi nombreux qu’attentif nous prouvait que les Liebeslieder avaient encore de beaux jours devant eux.
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