The songs are fluent, generously lyrical and feature a good balance between questions of vocal line and pianistic inflexion.
The piano music is delightful.
The performances are loyal and effective. The best of the three musicians is pianist François-René Duchâble who plays the piano cycle wonderfully well and is a most sensitive accompanist to both Sophie Marin-Degor and Jean-Sébastien Bou…[the disc is] attractive and, in the case of the piano music, exciting. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review
Charles Bordes is France’s best kept musical secret, though with this album his delights are secret no more.
Bordes’s trove is as distinctive in its way as Fauré’s Verlaine settings, occasionally striking more deeply, and worthy to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them…Duchable is hand-in-glove with the soloists and incandescent in the piano works. Taken all in all, here’s something which hit its mark, and will hit yours, too. An hour-plus of fresh fin de siècle opulence. A landmark issue, fetching and indispensable. Highest recommendation. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review