Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Album: Graham/ Martineau, Un frisson Français, (Onyx)

Indulgence is the byword in Susan Graham and Malcom Martineau's recital of 20 chansons.

Though Graham's voice occasionally tips over into blowsiness, her characterisation of Rosenthal's playful "La Souris d'Angleterre", Hahn's neo-baroque "A Chloris" and the arch tragedy of Poulenc's "La Dame de Monte-Carlo" is impeccable. Martineau's precision is displayed to good effect in the intricate figures of Lalo's "Guitare", Chausson's "Les Papillons" and Honegger's "Trois Chansons de la Petite Sirène".



Pick of the album: Roussel's chastely seductive 'Réponse d'une épouse sage'

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