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Marianne Crebassa

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The "secrets" denoted by the title of this release on the increasingly productive Erato/Warner Classics are not repertory items, but the inner thoughts inspired by the music for mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa; the pieces on the are mostly well-known French mélodies. The exception is the final piece, composed by accompanist Fazil Say (who elsewhere has a remarkable quiet edge) and depicting the suppression of protests in Istanbul's Gezi Park, which is a bit out of place; perhaps it was felt that the program would be too conventional otherwise. No matter. The star of the show here is Crebassa's voice: a classic French song instrument, rounded, with abundant, yet precisely deployed vibrato on the longer notes, with the uvular "r" that French singers grow up with, but others struggle to replicate. Then, something's added: a hint of smoke that brings the songs out of the salon and into the wider world. It's a quality that singers develop over time (sometimes, in France especially, with actual cigarette smoke), but to hear it birthed full-grown is a rare and delicious experience. This is not to say that Crebassa is a vocal machine insensitive to text. Sample Henri Duparc's Au pays ou se fait la guerre, with its war-is-hell-on-the-home-front text by Théophile Gautier, and you hear a sensitive reading that brings out the underlying seriousness Crebassa is going for. The venue is not French, but Austrian: the Großer Saal at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. But this too supports the expressive goals of a French song recording in which everything comes together.
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1
3 chansons de Bilitis, L. 90: I. La Flûte de Pan
00:02:26

Claude Debussy, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

2
3 chansons de Bilitis, L. 90: II. La Chevelure
00:03:07

Claude Debussy, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

3
3 chansons de Bilitis, L. 90: III. Le Tombeau des naïades
00:02:54

Claude Debussy, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

4
Shéhérazade, M. 17: I. Asie
00:08:43

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Tristan Klingsor, Poet - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

5
Shéhérazade, M. 17: II. La Flûte enchantée
00:02:59

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Tristan Klingsor, Poet - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Bernhard Krabatsch, Flute, FeaturedArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

6
Shéhérazade, M. 17: III. L'Indifférent
00:03:15

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Tristan Klingsor, Poet - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

7
3 Mélodies de Verlaine, L. 81: I. La mer est plus belle que les cathédrales
00:02:11

Claude Debussy, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

8
3 Mélodies de Verlaine, L. 81: II. Le son du cor s'afflige vers les bois
00:02:48

Claude Debussy, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

9
3 Mélodies de Verlaine, L. 81: III. L'échelonnement des haies moutonne à l'infini
00:01:31

Claude Debussy, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

10
Vocalise-étude en forme de Habanera, M. 51
00:02:54

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

11
Mirages, Op. 113: I. Cygne sur l'eau
00:03:23

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Renee de Brimont, Poet

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited

12
Mirages, Op. 113: II. Reflets dans l'eau
00:04:16

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Renee de Brimont, Poet

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

13
Mirages, Op. 113: III. Jardin nocturne
00:02:46

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Renee de Brimont, Poet

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

14
Mirages, Op. 113: IV. Danseuse
00:02:12

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Renee de Brimont, Poet

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

15
Mélodies: XIII. Au pays où se fait la guerre
00:05:04

Henri Duparc, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

16
Mélodies: VII. Lamento
00:03:16

Henri Duparc, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

17
Mélodies: X. Elegie
00:02:56

Henri Duparc, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

18
Mélodies: IX. Chanson triste
00:03:05

Henri Duparc, Composer - Fazil Say, Piano - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

19
Gezi Park 3
00:09:24

Fazil Say, Composer, Piano - Marianne Crebassa, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, MainArtist

© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2017 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company    

Album Description

The "secrets" denoted by the title of this release on the increasingly productive Erato/Warner Classics are not repertory items, but the inner thoughts inspired by the music for mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa; the pieces on the are mostly well-known French mélodies. The exception is the final piece, composed by accompanist Fazil Say (who elsewhere has a remarkable quiet edge) and depicting the suppression of protests in Istanbul's Gezi Park, which is a bit out of place; perhaps it was felt that the program would be too conventional otherwise. No matter. The star of the show here is Crebassa's voice: a classic French song instrument, rounded, with abundant, yet precisely deployed vibrato on the longer notes, with the uvular "r" that French singers grow up with, but others struggle to replicate. Then, something's added: a hint of smoke that brings the songs out of the salon and into the wider world. It's a quality that singers develop over time (sometimes, in France especially, with actual cigarette smoke), but to hear it birthed full-grown is a rare and delicious experience. This is not to say that Crebassa is a vocal machine insensitive to text. Sample Henri Duparc's Au pays ou se fait la guerre, with its war-is-hell-on-the-home-front text by Théophile Gautier, and you hear a sensitive reading that brings out the underlying seriousness Crebassa is going for. The venue is not French, but Austrian: the Großer Saal at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. But this too supports the expressive goals of a French song recording in which everything comes together.
© TiVo

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