This album is dedicated to the great artists of the French poetic chanson. ‘Tout finit par des chansons’ is the title of this album. It is a saying, stemming from the very last line of Pierre Beaumarchais’ play Le mariage de Figaro, meaning: ‘everything ends with a song’, and this is what we will do.
Producer Brendon Heinst: “Out of the whole microphone arsenal of our studio, we armed ourselves with nothing but two Brauner tube microphones for the guitars and vocals, to get this smooth, velvety sound of yesteryear, but with the quality of modern equipment. But enough about the gear, it’s all about music! I hope you will enjoy the album as much as I did record it. For a moment in time during the recording, I was transported to Post-War Paris, enjoying a nice espresso, hearing Diana sing these beautiful songs about love, life, and loss. And isn’t that just all any producer wants in life?”
Diana van der Bent – Vocals
Paul den Bakker – Guitar
Maya Fridman – Cello
Total time: 00:44:21
Furutech custom microphone cables Furutech NanoFlux NCF power cablesFurutech NanoFlux speaker cablesFurutech LineFlux XLR interconnects
Merging Technologies HAPI
Sonodore RCM-402 and Brauner VM-1
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KEF Blade Two
|Release Date||October 17, 2018|
This album is in the grand tradition of French love songs from that era. I don’t speak any of the languages in which these songs are sung (French, Dutch and German), but Diana van der Bent’s inflection, phrasing and dynamics communicate beyond any barriers of language or culture. I am completely pulled into the music and her voice.
Her accompanist on guitar, Paul den Bakker, is similarly engaging; never getting in the way, never taking over the stage, always supportive and simply an excellent musician.
Together, van der Bent and den Bakker make a compelling and highly engaging hour of listening to beautifully sung songs about love, life, and loss.
The songs they have chosen for this album are all quite different, evoking different atmosphere and emotions, as one would hope from such a broad range of songwriters. Their songs come from Leo Ferré, Barbara (“Göttingen”), Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel, Anne Sylvestre, Serge Gainsbourg, Guy Béart, Boris Vian, and Georges Moustaki.
Quite a range! And an excellent homage to a period of great transition and healing.
This album is all about the music. Recorded very simply, very directly, it perfectly captures the beauty of voice and guitar. I am grateful to have this in my library each time I listen.
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