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Max Burgdörfer
MusicWeb International, January 2019

With Tea for Two, an unusual cornucopia awaits the listener, far from a mere walk down a dusty memory lane. This CD is very enjoyable and refreshing, and I am glad it introduced me to Frivolités Parisiennes and their interesting projects. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review

The Light Music Society, January 2019

The star of the show really has to be orchestrator Matthieu Michard whose arrangements of all of the music make this album a real standout. © 2019 The Light Music Society

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2018

On both sides of the First World War, music in Paris and London was at its most light-hearted and frivolous, as this new release, entitled ‘Tea for Two’, fully exploits. It was a period when the dividing line between operetta and musicals became so contorted that it was impossible to define each genre, so that the works of the prolific Andre Messager would often appear as an operetta or musical comedy depending on its performing location. But while those two European cities were enjoying music by their native composers, the United States had equally embraced this era with such run-away successes as Vincent Youmen’s No! No! Nanette, and the song Tea for Two, which opens the disc, being a melody sung and played around the world. Enjoying equally success in England was Haydn Wood’s Roses of Picardy, while in the 1920’s the opera composer, Reynaldo Hahn, was writing in a very French style the musical Une revue with the slow waltz, La Derniere Valse. As the instigators of the disc, Les Frivolites Parisiennes acknowledge that the sixteen tracks are a ‘subjective survey of the music of this period’, but they are much experienced in the performance of the repertoire, and over the years have discovered largely forgotten works. Maybe by the time I came on this earth, tempos for many of the tracks had moved up a couple of notches, and, to modern ears, it had injected more forward impetus. The Frivol’ Ensemble comes from the 14 members of the Orchestres des Frivolities Parisiennes, and is a very tasteful group that would sound nice in a small location, while the soprano, Clementine Decouture, and baritone, Philippe Brocard, are well suited to the music. © 2018 David’s Review Corner

Records International, November 2018

With Parisian society in late 19th and early 20th centuries regularly gripped by periods of Anglomania, a constant process of cultural exchange with London resulted in operetta hits, wartime classics and popular songs both bawdy and elegant. Capturing the spirit of a period ranging from the fashionable d’Oyly Carte to 1920s American Jazz, the Frivol’Ensemble takes you back in time to rediscover the delights of this golden age of musical theatricality. Texts and translations available online. © 2018 Records International

David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2018

Every restaurant in London and Paris who were looking to attract the most wealthy and celebrated clientele would have had their own resident singers and orchestra. Tea for Two recaptures the music you would heard there in the first forty years of the Twentieth century, British light music composers sharing their repertoire with the most popular melodies from the frothy creations of French operetta. Sixteen melodies that will linger on the memory, are performed by the soprano, Clementine Decouture, and baritone, Philippe Brocard with the harpist, Chloe Ducray. Performed in the style that has been passed down from recordings made at the time, the sixteen tracks open with Tea for Two from the Youmans’ musical No, no, Nanette; the extracts from two of Andre Messager’s ‘opera comique’, Mirette and Monsieur Beaucaire were ‘hit numbers’ in the early nineteen hundreds, and so we pass through this time warp release to end with Grace LeBoy’s Everybody Rag with Me, made famous by Maurice Chevalier. Maybe the sound quality has been fashioned to recall the films and recordings of the time, and is totally successful. Among my many sins I love music from this era, and the disc for me has been a real joy. Hope you enjoy is as much. © 2018 David’s Review Corner

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