In this beautiful, sensual album, secrets of the soul are laid bare by intoxicating French mélodies. From the erotic, mysterious love of Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis and Ravel’s perfumed homage to the exoticism of Asia to Duparc’s anguished portrait of grieving lovers, this is music that strikes at the heart of human experience: Impressionist art in song. Pianist Fazil Say’s powerful, evocative ballad mourning Turkish cultural destruction rings a wistful, final modern note. Mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa’s rich, velvet voice is the perfect vehicle for this mesmerizing program.

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