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Judith Malafronte
Opera News, September 2015

MOMPOU, F.: Songs (Complete), Vol. 1 - Song of the Soul (Mathéu, Masó) 8.573099
MOMPOU, F.: Songs (Complete), Vol. 2 - Becquerianas / Comptines (Mathéu, Masó) 8.573100

…detailed and sensitive performances by soprano Marta Mathéu and pianist Jordi Masó…

Masó’s piano contributions are exemplary, whether delicate or grandly virtuosic, and his color palette infinitely varied. Mathéu’s singing shows a fine line and sensitive handling of text… She approaches all the music, even the children’s songs, with honesty and a clear, engaging tone, and has plenty of voice for dramatic moments… © 2015 Opera News Read complete review



Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, August 2015

…Marta Mathéu is an ideal ‘mouthpiece’ for Mompou’s rather low-key messages. She is simple and straightforward, never making heavy weather of the music, only acting as an intermediary. Jordi Masó, who among other things has recorded the complete piano music of Frederic Mompou, is the ideal accompanist.

Mompou is still little known, but his music is well worth getting acquainted with. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review




David Vernier
ClassicsToday.com, March 2015

…beguilingly performed by two artists who really know and care about this rarely-heard, eminently worthy repertoire… © 2015 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Phillip Scott
Fanfare, November 2014

…I find Mathéu’s voice very easy to listen to. Her pitch is well-nigh perfect and she clearly knows this music well. Her pianissimo singing is beautifully placed. Masó’s piano supports the voice with great subtlety throughout, and sound quality is excellent. This disc proves to be an enticing first offering in a welcome series, and the performers are to be warmly applauded… © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Erin Heisel
American Record Guide, September 2014

The performances are pretty good; Matheu’s singing is consistent, and Masó really digs into the crunchier harmonies. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2014

Born in Spain in 1893, the name of Frederic Mompou will be remembered as having been a brilliant pianist who composed a sizable volume of works for solo keyboard. Here gathered together under the title, ‘Song of the Soul’, Mompou used a number of literary sources, including Maurice Maeterlinck and Paul Valery, the poems mostly dealing with sadness. The titles include When Her Lover Left; Above you only flowers and Now I know not whether I can still see you, the sorrow they generate only relieved by the beauty of the piano accompaniment. To convey this continued melancholy the soprano, Marta Matheu, uses a very open and uncoloured voice, beautifully in tune and very sparing in her use of vibrato. It is in the moments when she breaks out of the confines of quietness, as in the opening of Cinq melodies sur des textes de Paul Valery, that we hear why she is in demand on the opera stage. We have become used to Jordi Maso’s championing of the composer in his highly acclaimed cycle of Mompou’s piano music, and here he has the more rewarding part of the disc than the singer. Very well balanced sound. © 2014 David’s Review Center





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