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Irène Joachim

voc, ss, 1913-2001 FR
Singer / Musician of Classical

Irène Joachim born 13 March 1913 - died 20 April 2001 She was a French soprano, and later a vocal teacher. Granddaughter of the great violinist Joseph Joachim, soprano Irène Joachim was a magnificent artist in her own right, beautiful in voice, visage, figure, and musicianship. Although she came to be identified most closely with the role of Mélisande, she was fluent in the German language and mastered not only French mélodie, but also German Lieder. Indeed, Joachim had learned German, while French was but a second language. The care she brought to her enunciation worked in all of her repertory, bringing poignancy and specificity to the operas she essayed and the songs she sang. The daughter of Herman Joachim and Suzanne Chaigneau, a violinist, Joachim was given lessons in the basic elements of music as soon as she was able to grasp the concepts. Violin studies followed at home, as did piano lessons, and the keyboard instrument became her favorite means for music-making until her voice was discovered. By the time she entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1935, Joachim had acquired sufficient musical understanding to provide an advantage in the demanding regimen there. Joachim is particularly remembered for her interpretation of Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande[4] which she first sang at the Opéra-Comique on 12 September 1940, reprising it in France and abroad up to 1952; she recorded the role in April and May 1941 under Roger Désormière. Irène Joachim also sang German lieder such as Schubert, Schumann, Berg: she won a 'Grand Prix du Disque' in 1959 for her recording of lieder by Carl Maria von Weber.In 1956 Joachim’s contract at the Opera-Comique concluded, but she went on to be active in broadcasting and recitals.

     
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Soprano sax
  • Violin
Genres
  • Classical
  • Pop
  • Folk
  • Spoken Word
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
Pelléas et Mélisande, L. 88, Act I: Je ne pourrai plus sortir de cette forêt (Golaud, Mélisande) on French Opera by Various Artists
Pelléas et Mélisande, L. 88, Act IV: Maintenant que le père de Pelléas est sauvé et que la maladie (Arkel, Mélisande) on Sleeping - Debussy by Claude Debussy
Das Röschen, Op. 15 No. 5, J. 67 on Portrait by Hélène Boschi
Chants populaires, M.A 17: No. 2, Chanson française "Jeanneton où irons-nous garder" on Portrait by Hélène Boschi
Die Zeit, Op. 13 No. 5, J. 97 on Portrait by Hélène Boschi
Lieder und Gesänge aus "Wilhelm Meister", Op. 98a: No. 1, Mignon (Kennst du das Land) on Portrait by Hélène Boschi
Pelléas et Mélisande, CD 93, ICD 60, Act III: "Je les noue branches du saule" (Pelléas, Mélisande, Golaud) on DEBUSSY: PELLÉAT ET MÉLISANDE by Claude Debussy, Roger Desormiere & Orchestre Symphonique
Lieder und Gesänge aus "Wilhelm Meister", Op. 98a: No. 3, Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt on Portrait by Hélène Boschi
Pelléas et Mélisande, CD 93, ICD 60, Act IV: "Où vas-tu? il faut que je te parle ce soir" (Pelléas, Mélisande) on DEBUSSY: PELLÉAT ET MÉLISANDE by Claude Debussy, Roger Desormiere & Orchestre Symphonique
Pelléas et Mélisande, CD 93, ICD 60, Act IV: "C'est le dernier soir" (Pelléas, Mélisande) on DEBUSSY: PELLÉAT ET MÉLISANDE by Claude Debussy, Roger Desormiere & Orchestre Symphonique

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Pelleas Et Melisande - 3Claude Debussy, Irène Joachim, Jacques Jansen, Roger Désormière2007Album
Debussy: Pelléas and MélisandeClaude Debussy / Roger Désormière2003Album
Pelléas Et MélisandeClaude Debussy - Roger Désormière, Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire, Jacques Jansen, Irène Joachim, Henri-Bertrand Etcheverry, Leïla Ben Sedira, Germaine Cernay, Paul Cabanel2003Compil.
TrouvèresIrène Joachim, Camille Maurane, André Brunot1970Single
MélodiesGeorges Auric / Louis Durey / Arthur Honegger / Darius Milhaud / Francis Poulenc / Germaine Tailleferre ( Le Groupe Des Six ) - Maurice Franck, Irène Joachim1968Album
Best Loved German Folk SongsArne Dørumsgaard, Irène Joachim, Duncan Robertson1963Album
Pelleas Et Melisande - 1Claude Debussy, Irène Joachim, Jacques Jansen, Roger Désormière1961Album
Plaisir D'AmourIrène Joachim1960Single
Die Verschweigung / Litanei Auf Das Fest Aller SeelenIrène Joachim, Jean Germain1947Album
An Chloé / Dans Un BoisIrène Joachim1940Album
Chansons de FranceIrène Joachim, Xavier Depraz, Helene BoschiAlbum
13 Lieder • 2me Sonate En La Bémol MajeurIrène Joachim & Helene Boschi / Carl Maria von WeberAlbum
Pelleas Et Melisande - 2Claude Debussy, Irène Joachim, Jacques Jansen, Roger DésormièreAlbum
Non, je ne regrette rienIrène JoachimSingle
Le Groupe Des SixGeorges Auric / Louis Durey / Arthur Honegger / Darius Milhaud / Francis Poulenc / Germaine Tailleferre ( Le Groupe Des Six ) - interprétés par Irène Joachim de L'Opéra Comique, Maurice FranckAlbum
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