Composer Philip Lasser Arranges Songs by Debussy and Fauré for Singer Natalie Dessay and Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect

New York-based composer Philip Lasser, known for a wide variety of solo and ensemble works, received a commission from Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect (formerly known as Ensemble ACJW) to arrange eight songs of Debussy and Fauré for a private concert under the auspices of the Rothschild Foundation with French opera singer Natalie Dessay in Paris on December 12, 2016.

“The songs are the same people, only they are dressed in new clothes,” —Philip Lasser

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“The hypnotically iridescent colors in a new piece by composer Philip Lasser, that cast the strongest spell.”

Philip Kennicott – The Washington Post

“Having been trained in the counterpoint-rich tradition of Nadia Boulanger, Lasser plumbs Germanic depths while managing to distil them on a Gallic surface without seeming superficial.”

Ken Smith – Gramophone