Six French Songs, Op. 65: Recordings

This list of recordings of Tchaikovsky's Six French Songs, Op. 65 (TH 108) does not claim to be exhaustive, but the following information is given, where known:

  • Names of solo performers, with their instruments or stage roles given in parentheses.
  • The name of the conductor of the orchestra or chorus.
  • The names of the orchestras, choruses or chamber ensembles performing on the recording. These have been standardised according to our List of Orchestras.
  • The date and place of the recording. "Live" indicates a public performance.
  • The format of the recording, whether this is a compact disc (CD), super audio compact disc (SACD), laser disc (LD), digital video disc (DVD), blu-ray disc (BR), digital download (DL) or vinyl record. The number 33, 45 or 78 indicates the playback speed of a vinyl record, followed by its size in inches, e.g. "33 (12")" would indicate a standard long-playing record. Performances on cassette or VHS tapes are not included in this discography.
  • The name of the record label (in italics), followed by the catalogue number of the disk.
  • The year that the recording was released (which may be years or decades after the original recording was made).
  • If only part of a work is available in a recording, the relevant sections or movements are indicated.

The symbol [*] indicates that a name is known or suspected to be a pseudonym for recording purposes. The true artists' names are given where these have been established.

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Complete

Arkhipova, Irina (mezzo-soprano) / Guselnikov, Igor (piano)
Recorded 1978.

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya С 10 13485/6 [1980] (Nos. 2 and 5 only)
  • CD — Melodiya MELCD 10 01716 [2010]
  • CD — Melodiya MELCD 10 02123 [2013]
  • CD — Melodiya MELCD 10 02361 [2015] (No. 2 only)

Kazarnovskaya, Lyubov (soprano) / Orfenova, Lyubov (piano)
Recorded 2006.06.04-06 in Moscow, Conservatory, Small Hall.

  • CD — Brilliant Classics 93980 [2011]
  • CD — Brilliant Classics 94650 [2014]
  • CD — Naxos 8 570438 [2008]

Laurin, Jacqueline (soprano) / Martin, Laurent (piano)
Recorded 2014.05.30-06.01 in Mirabeau, Couvent des Minimes.

  • CD — Ligia LIDI 0201286 14 [2014]

Philippova, Marina (mezzo-soprano) / Barbashin, Dmitry (piano)
Recorded 2000.

  • CD — IM Lab IMLCD 015

Varady, Julia (soprano) / Reimann, Aribert (piano)
Recorded 1981.09.21-23.

  • CD — Orfeo C 053851 A [1989]

Excerpts

Not including extracts from the complete recordings listed above.

Sérénade: Où vas-tu, souffle d'aurore (No. 1)

Borodina, Olga (mezzo-soprano) / Gergieva, Larissa (piano)
Recorded 1993.07 in Hamburg, Friedrich-Ebert-Halle.

  • CD — Deutsche Grammophon 479 4646 [2015]
  • CD — Philips 442 013 2 [1994]
  • CD — Philips PHCP 5242 [1994]

Gerzmava, Hibla (soprano) / Ganelina, Yekaterina (piano)
Recorded 1995.05 in Moscow, Conservatory, Great Hall.

  • CD — Triton DMCC 26015 [1998]

Gerzmava, Hibla (soprano) / Ganelina, Yekaterina (piano)
Recorded 2014.

  • CD — Melodiya MELCD 10 02289 [2014]

Larin, Sergey (tenor) / Bekova, Eleonora (piano)
Recorded 1999.

  • CD — Chandos CHAN 9794

Lisovsky, Konstantin (tenor) / Zvonareva, Svetlana (piano)
Recorded 1978.

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya С 10 13485/6 [1980]
  • CD — Melodiya MELCD 10 02361 [2015]

Norman, Jessye (soprano) / Shenderovich, Yevgeny (piano)
Recorded 1990.12.01 live in Leningrad, Philharmonia, Great Hall.

  • CD — RCA DD 29048 [1991]
  • CD — RCA RD 60739 [1991]
  • LDRCA 791 141 [1991]

Norman, Jessye (soprano) / Levine, James (piano)
Recorded live (date unknown).

  • CD — Orfeo C 926 161 B [2016]

Söderström, Elisabeth (soprano) / Ashkenazy, Vladimir (piano)
Recorded 1980.03.01-03 in London, St. George the Martyr's Church, Holborn.

  • 33 (12") — Decca SXL 6972 [1982]
  • CD — Decca 480 2067 [2011]
  • CD — Decca 436 204 2 [1993]
  • CD — Decca 483 2182 [2017]

Vishnevskaya, Galina (soprano) / Rostropovich, Mstislav (piano)
Recording date unknown (1991 or earlier).

  • CD — Erato 2292 45643 2 [1991]

Déception (No. 2)

Chaliapin, Fyodor (bass) / unidentified pianist
Recorded 1902.02 in Moscow. Matrix 623 x-2.

  • 78 (10") — HMV GC 22824
  • CD — Arbiter Records 125 [2000]
  • CD — Symposium SYMCD 1105 [1992]

Christoff, Boris (bass)/ Labinsky, Alexandre (piano)
Recorded 1959.09.28-10.08 & 1960.04.05-07 in Paris, Salle Wagram. Sung in Russian.

  • 33 (12") — Capitol G 7236 [1961]
  • 33 (12") — Capitol SG 7236 [1961]
  • 33 (12") — HMV ALP 1793 [1961]
  • 33 (12") — HMV ASD 390 [1961]
  • CD — EMI 6 82937 2 [2013]
  • CD — EMI 7 67496 2 [1992]
  • CD — EMI 7 67500 2 [1992]

Descamps, Paul (bass-baritone) / Rivera, Xavier (piano)
Recorded 1989.06 in Brussels.

  • CD — ADDA 590041 [1992]

Kozlovsky, Ivan (tenor) / Valter, Naum (piano)
Recording date unknown (1951 or earlier). Sung in Russian.

  • 78 (10") — USSR 19452 [1951]

Larin, Sergey (tenor) / Bekova, Eleonora (piano)
Recorded 1999.

  • CD — Chandos CHAN 9794

Maksakova, Mariya (mezzo-soprano) / Pogrebov, Semyon (piano)
Recorded 1940 in Moscow. Sung in Russian.

  • 78 (10") — USSR 10037 [1940]

Merzhaul, Yelena (soprano) / Sakharov, Matvey (piano)
Recording date unknown (1940 or earlier). Sung in Russian.

  • 78 (10") — USSR 9940 [1940]

Mikulas, Peter (bass) / Marcinger, Ludovit (piano)
Recording date unknown (2009 or earlier).

  • CD — Cascade Medien 07000 [2009]

Norman, Jessye (soprano) / Levine, James (piano)
Recorded live (date unknown).

  • CD — Orfeo C 926 161 B [2016]

Sibiryakov, Lev (bass)/ unidentified pianist
Recorded 1910.09.20 in Saint Petersburg. Matrix 14811 b. Sung in Russian.

  • 78 (12") — HMV GC 4 22132

Söderström, Elisabeth (soprano) / Ashkenazy, Vladimir (piano)
Recorded 1980.03.01-03 in London, St. George the Martyr's Church, Holborn.

  • 33 (12") — Decca SXL 6972 [1982]
  • CD — Decca 436 204 2 [1993]
  • CD — Decca 480 2067 [2011]
  • CD — Decca 483 2182 [2017]

Tartakov, Ioakim (tenor) / unidentified pianist
Recorded 1912.10.21 in Saint Petersburg. Matrx 16846 b.

  • 78 (10") — HMV GC 4 22457

Tear, Robert (tenor) / Ledger, Philip (piano)
Recorded 1971.01.01 & 12.03 in London, Kingsway Hall.

  • 33 (12") — Argo ZRG 707 [1972]

Viktorova, V. (soprano) / Goldenweiser, Alexander (piano)
Recorded 1945.

  • 78 (10") — USSR 13071

Sérénade: J'aime dans le rayon (No. 3)

Isakova, Nina (mezzo-soprano) / Bruk, Yevgeny (piano)
Recording date unknown (1980 or earlier).

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya С 10 13485/6 [1980]

Larin, Sergey (tenor) / Bekova, Eleonora (piano)
Recorded 1999.

  • CD — Chandos CHAN 9841

Lisovsky, Konstantin (tenor) / Zvonareva, Svetlana (piano)
Recorded 1978.

  • CD — Melodiya MELCD 10 02361 [2015]

Norman, Jessye (soprano) / Levine, James (piano)
Recorded live (date unknown).

  • CD — Orfeo C 926 161 B [2016]

Qu'importe que l'hiver (No. 4)

Larin, Sergey (tenor) / Bekova, Eleonora (piano)
Recorded 1999.

  • CD — Chandos CHAN 9841

Legostayeva, lyudmilla (mezzo-soprano) / Orentlikher, Georgy (piano)
Recorded 1949.

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya D 026111 [1969]
  • CD — Indiana University Press 0253340411 [2002]

Lisitsian, Pavel (baritone) / Korolkov, Nikolay (piano)
Recorded 1953.

  • CD — Russian Disc RDCD 15021 [1995]

Mazurok, Yury (baritone) / Afanasyeva, Antonina (piano)
Recorded 1969.

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya С 10 13485/6 [1980]
  • CD — Melodiya MELCD 10 02361 [2015]

Söderström, Elisabeth (soprano) / Ashkenazy, Vladimir (piano)
Recorded 1980.03.01-03 in London, St. George the Martyr's Church, Holborn.

  • 33 (12") — Decca SXL 6972 [1982]
  • CD — Decca 436 204 2 [1993]
  • CD — Decca 480 2067 [2011]
  • CD — Decca 483 2182 [2017]

Les larmes (No. 5)

Hargreaves, John (baritone) / Moore, Gerald (piano)
Recorded 1948.06.07. Matrix 0EA 13105. Sung in English.

  • 78 (10") — HMV B 9720 [1949]

Isakova, Nina (mezzo-soprano) / Bakhchiyev, Aleksandr (piano)
Recorded 1978.

  • CD — Melodiya MELCD 10 02361 [2015]

Larin, Sergey (tenor) / Bekova, Eleonora (piano)
Recorded 1999.

  • CD — Chandos CHAN 9806

Söderström, Elisabeth (soprano) / Ashkenazy, Vladimir (piano)
Recorded 1980.03.01-03 in London, St. George the Martyr's Church, Holborn.

  • 33 (12") — Decca SXL 6972 [1982]
  • CD — Decca 436 204 2 [1993]
  • CD — Decca 480 2067 [2011]
  • CD — Decca 483 2182 [2017]

Teyte, Maggie (soprano) / Moore, Gerald (piano)
Recorded 1947.

  • 78 (12") — Gramophone Shop GSC 24 [1949]
  • CD — Naxos 8 110757/8

Rondel (No. 6)

Descamps, Paul (bass-baritone) / Rivera, Xavier (piano)
Recorded 1989.06 in Brussels.

  • CD — ADDA 590041 [1992]

Larin, Sergey (tenor) / Bekova, Eleonora (piano)
Recorded 1999.

  • CD — Chandos CHAN 9794

Mazurok, Yury (baritone) / Afanasyeva, Antonina (piano)
Recorded 1969.

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya С 10 13485/6 [1980]
  • CD — Melodiya MELCD 10 02361 [2015]

Norman, Jessye (soprano) / Shenderovich, Yevgeny (piano)
Recorded 1990.12.01 live in Leningrad, Philharmonia, Great Hall.

  • CD — RCA DD 29048 [1991]
  • CD — RCA RD 60739 [1991]
  • LDRCA 791 141 [1991]

Norman, Jessye (soprano) / Levine, James (piano)
Recorded live (date unknown).

  • CD — Orfeo C 926 161 B [2016]

Söderström, Elisabeth (soprano) / Ashkenazy, Vladimir (piano)
Recorded 1982.06.14-16 in London, Kingsway Hall.

  • 33 (12") — Decca SXDL 7606 [1983]
  • CD — Decca 480 2067 [2011]
  • CD — Decca 483 2182 [2017]
  • CD — Decca POCL 3226/7 [1993]

Vishnevskaya, Galina (soprano) / Reiss, Janine (piano)
Recorded 1970 in Paris.

  • DVD — Medici Arts 3078538 [2009]

Zhubaturova, Rakhima (soprano) / unidentified pianist
Recording date unknown (1980 or earlier). Sung in Russian.

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya С 10 14965/6 [1980]

Arrangements

Déception (No. 2)

For Voice, Piano and String Quartet

Carreras, José (tenor) / Ensemble Wien / Bavaj, Lorenzo (piano)
Danailova, Albena (violin) / Lissy, Raimund (violin) / Strasser, Michael (viola) / Niederhammer, Josef (double bass).
Recorded 2002.04 in Vienna, Hey-U Studios.

  • CD — Deutsche Grammophon 474 6892 [2002]

For Voice and Piano Trio

Larin, Sergey (tenor) / Bekova Sisters
Bekova, Eleonora (piano) / Bekova, Elvira (violin) / Bekova, Alfia (cello).
Recorded 1995.

  • CD — Chandos CHAN 9428 [1995]

Les larmes (No. 5)

For Voice, Piano and String Quartet

Carreras, José (tenor) / Ensemble Wien / Bavaj, Lorenzo (piano)
Danailova, Albena (violin) / Lissy, Raimund (violin) / Strasser, Michael (viola) / Niederhammer, Josef (double bass).
Recorded 2002.04 in Vienna, Hey-U Studios.

  • CD — Deutsche Grammophon 474 6892 [2002]

Rondel (No. 6)

For Voice and Piano Trio

Larin, Sergey (tenor) / Bekova Sisters
Bekova, Eleonora (piano) / Bekova, Elvira (violin) / Bekova, Alfia (cello).
Recorded 1995.

  • CD — Chandos CHAN 9428 [1995]