La Marsellaise as it ought to be sung

La Marsellaise as it ought to be sung


norman lebrecht

November 18, 2015

There have been many worthy attempts at singing the anthem this week in solidarity with French suffering.

Most have drifted far from the score. This recording by the great tenor Georges Thill (1897-1984) is about as accurate as it gets – every note in place, every syllable pronounced, even the second verse rendered in full.

Liberté, liberté, cherie!


georges thill


  • Tom Varley says:

    Norman – the link doesn’t seem to be working. (Merde!)

  • Zenaida says:

    Try this link:
    a great rendition, indeed!

  • Richard Gibbs says:

    For sheer emotion, it has to be the version from Casablanca.

  • Another Richard G says:

    How about Mireille Mathieu’s fervent rendition:

  • Una says:

    If you watched the football the other night and you saw the way that was being sung, and with us Brits attempting as well, well … it was terribly moving.