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Roger Nichols
Gramophone, December 2004

"...this is not an interpretation any Ravel-lover would want to miss."



Robert Croan
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 2004

"This mid-priced two-disc collection of the complete songs by Maurice Ravel is surely one of the better bargains of the new year...This is a collection of gems, and Naxos has put together a splendid quintet of singers and a pianist, David Abramovitz, who understands the idiom and has the technical resources to carry it off. The five soloists each get a turn in the opening songs derived from folk music of diverse lands: Soprano Inva Mula is particularly gratifying later on in a set of Greek songs; Laurent Naouri is superb in the Hebrew and at the end of the first disc, one of the best recorded renditions of "Don Quichotte a Dulcinee"; a second baritone, Gerard Theruel, charms in the lighter animal depictions, "Histoires naturelles"; mezzo Claire Brua lends dusky sensuality to the "Madecasses" pieces; and soprano Valerie Millot gives directness of approach to the appealing Trois Chansons assigned to her."



J Scott Morrison
Amazon.com, January 2004

"Exquisite Songs Exquisitely Sung and Played...Rock-solid and extremely sensitive accompanist is American pianist David Abramovitz... Claire Brua [mez] sings 'Reves' exquisitely... Finally, a word about a discovery for me, the 'Trois Chansons' of which the light-hearted final two are utterly delightful and sung with girlish elan by soprano Millot. ... her voice has that pure quality so needed there...I am thrilled to have this collection of so many of Ravel's songs in one place... I honestly believe I'll be reaching for this set frequently over the years."





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