Susan Graham - Poèmes de L'amour: Debussy, Chausson and Ravel
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Poemes de L'Amour
Grahams' sublime voice is world class in English and French - this is a great album.
A Review of "Shéhérazade" Only
I am dumbfounded by the lush, sensual interpretation of the Ravel, by Graham, Tortelier, and the BBC Symphony. Every single subtlety, every finely rendered detail that Ravel could have possibly intended, is lovingly and painstakingly displayed. No one can musically paint French landscapes like Ravel, and this ensemble knows it. Even the brass, during the climax of "Asie," blend into the gentle nature of the work with brilliant, tender playing. Graham's superb French diction might as well be Italian. The typical nasal and slurred sounds are absent, and her beautiful voice, accented by a well-controlled vibrato, soars above a gorgeous orchestra. I am not overstating things when I say that if Ravel were to hear this performance, he would probably weep.
Born: July 23, 1960 in Roswell, NM
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s