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new-classics.co.uk, November 2016

Soprano Patrice Michaels, together with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paul Freeman, performs an intriguing selection of music by Benjamin Britten’s (his masterpiece for soprano and strings, Les Illuminations), Darius Milhaud (a rarely-recorded vocal tour de force, Quatre Chansons de Ronsard); Erik Satie (four newly-arranged songs) and Germaine Tailleferre (the only female member of ‘Les Six’). As well as being an internationally-renowned opera and concert performer, Patrice Michaels is Associate Professor of Opera Theater and Studio Voice at Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her pure, mellifluous voice is heard to great effect on these delightful recordings. © 2016 new-classics.co.uk




William Zagorski
Fanfare, November 2004

…Patrice Michaels on “La vie est une parade” is seductive on a variety of levels, most of them musical. In this collection, she draws parallels—between the worlds of Satie and Tailleferre and that of Edith Piaf; between those of Tailleferre and Lily Boulanger…Paul Freeman’s conductorial contribution once again shows him to be one of the most versatile and effectively communicative of our current maestros.

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