French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and the Franco-Spanish classical guitarist perform Les feuilles mortes, by the Hungarian-French composer Joseph Kosma (22 October 1905 – 7 August 1969), with French lyrics by Jacques Prévert (4 February 1900 – 11 April 1977), the French poet and screenwriter. The piece is known in the English-speaking world as “Autumn Leaves”.

Philippe Jaroussky, Thibaut Garcia – “Les feuilles mortes” (Autumn Leaves)

Les feuilles mortes Lyrics

Oh, je voudais tant que tu te souviennes
Des jours heureux où nous étions amis
En ce temps-là la vie était plus belle
Et le soleil plus brûlant qu’aujourd’hui

Les feuilles mortes se ramassent à la pelle
Tu vois, je n’ai pas oublié
Les feuilles mortes se ramassent à la pelle
Les souvenirs et les regrets aussi

Et le vent du Nord les emporte
Dans la nuit froide de l’oubli
Tu vois, je n’ai pas oublié
La chanson que tu me chantais

C’est une chanson qui nous ressemble
Toi tu m’aimais, et je t’aimais
Nous vivions tous les deux ensemble
Toi qui m’aimais, moi qui t’aimais

Mais la vie sépare ceux qui s’aiment
Tout doucement, sans faire de bruit
Et la mer efface sur le sable
Les pas des amants désunis

Autumn Leaves

Oh, I wish you’d remember.
Happy days when we were friends.
In those days life was better,
And the sun was hotter than today.

Dead leaves are picked up by the shovel.
You see, I haven’t forgotten…
Dead leaves are picked up by the shovel,
Memories and regrets too

And the north wind carries them away
In the cold night of oblivion.
See, I haven’t forgotten
The song you used to sing me.

It’s a song that looks like us.
You loved me and I loved you
And we both lived together,
You who loved me, I who loved you.

But life separates those who love each other,
Slowly, quietly and quietly
And the sea erases on the sand
the footsteps of broken lovers

Phillippe Jaroussky

French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and French classical guitarist perform Les feuilles mortes (Autumn Leaves)
French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and the Franco-Spanish classical guitarist perform Les feuilles mortes, by the Hungarian-French composer Joseph Kosma (22 October 1905 – 7 August 1969), with French lyrics by Jacques Prévert (4 February 1900 – 11 April 1977), the French poet and screenwriter. The piece is known in the English-speaking world as “Autumn Leaves”.

Philippe Jaroussky (born 13 February 1978) is a French countertenor. He began his musical career with the violin, winning an award at the Versailles conservatory, and then took up the piano before turning to singing.

Unusually for a countertenor, Jaroussky performs entirely in falsetto register. He has said that his natural singing voice is in the baritone range.

He received the Révélation Artiste lyrique in the 2004 Victoires de la musique classique and was Artiste lyrique de l’année in the 2007 and 2010 edition. Jaroussky was awarded “The Best Singer of the Year” at the Echo Klassik Awards, 2008 and 2016. He also received an Echo Klassik Award in 2012 for the Album Duetti, which he recorded together with Max Emanuel Cenčić. In 2020, he was awarded Victoire d’honneur in the Victoires de la musique classique.

Jaroussky was named Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2009 and was promoted to the rank of Officier in 2019.

The asteroid 332183 Jaroussky was named after him.

Thibaut Garcia

Thibaut Garcia, the Franco-Spanish guitarist, was born in 1994 in Toulouse, where he began learning the guitar at the age of seven. He then won the guitar prize in the class of Paul Ferret. At the age of 16, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, in Olivier Chassain’s class, while at the same time benefiting from the guidance of Judicaël Perroy.​

At the age of 16, he was awarded the First Prize at the Ana Amalia competition in Weimar, Germany. Since then, he has won the first prize in several international competitions, in particular the Guitar Foundation of America at Oklahoma City, USA, in 2015, the José Tomas at Petrer, Spain, in 2014, and the International Competition of Seville, Spain, in 2013. Since then he has been asked to sit on their juries and to give master classes. In 2015, he was named sponsee of the Académie Charles Cros. In 2019, he was named ‘Instrumental Revelation’ at the Victoires de la Musique Classique.​

In 2016, Thibaut Garcia made his concerto debut with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. He has appeared in other concertos in the next few months, especially with the Baden-Baden Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre de Cannes PACA, and the Orchestre de Dijon-Bourgogne, and the BBC orchestras.​

In 2017, Thibaut Garcia is appointed BBC New Generation Artist, which leads him to perform in recitals and in concertos in the UK. That year he notably made his debut in London’s Wigmore Hall.

When it comes to chamber music, Thibaut Garcia has played with Edgar Moreau, Raphaël Sévère, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Antoine Mornière, Boris Grelier, Anaïs Constans, La Marca brothers, Kathryn Rudge…

In 2016, he signed exclusively with Warner Classics/Erato for his recording projects, with a first release Leyendas. His second album, Bach Inspirations, was released in fall of 2018.

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