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Yet another countertenor (and if you’re not counting we’re on the eleventh so far) is Philippe Jaroussky, whose disc Green is a compilation of mélodies and a few chansons composed to Verlaine’s poetry. Jaroussky’s tone is generally limpid if occasionally squally in moments of intensity, but it is a pleasure to hear the texts so sensitively delivered. He is supported by Jérôme Ducros at the piano and the Quatuor Ebène, providing contrasting textures and an oftsensuous palette. The music is wide-ranging: Hahn, Chausson and Massenet rub shoulders with Poldowski and Trenet. Many of the poems are set by multiple composers, for example the title track by Fauré, Caplet and Debussy, which leads to some slightly confusing cross-referencing in the otherwise estimable presentation.

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