June 15, 2014

France wins its first match in the 2014 World Cup

Erato celebrates with two irresistible new albums of Brazilian music from French stars Natalie Dessay and the Ebène Quartet.

The team at Warner Classics have been swept off our feet by the sounds of summer and the excitement of the FIFA World Cup. And France is off to a promising start after winning its first match 3-0 against Honduras.

Erato's soundtrack to the World Cup features two new releases from French artists who have been seduced by the rhythms of Brazil.

Natalie Dessay is one of four stunning women on Rio-Paris, a heady blend of Brazilian and French hits for singers with guitar, including Villa-Lobos' soaring Cantilena. She is joined by guitarist Liat Cohen and two actress-singers, Agnès Jaoui and Helena Noguerra, in this encounter between France and Brazil.

Meanwhile, the Ébène Quartet has enlisted stylish chanteuse Stacey Kent for the album Brazil: fresh, surprising arrangements from Jobim to Sting and Stevie Wonder, plus the endlessly hummable themesong from the Terry Gilliam classic Brazil.

France claimed World Cup victory vs Brazil back in 1998. The team's next match in this year's festivities will be June 20 against Switzerland.