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Steve Holtje
Culture Catch, January 2016

Best Classical Albums 2015

Mathéu’s voice is not too big for these intimate pieces, and Masó, who has also recorded Mompou’s piano music, has the touch and expertise in this milieu that make him an ideal accompanist. The release of this (and the equally excellent vol. 1 by the same artists) makes me a happy man. © 2016 Culture Catch

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

Jérôme Bastianelli
Diapason, May 2015

This second volume of music, which reunites Marta Mathéu and Jordi Masó, is no less delectable than the first… © 2015 Diapason

Stephen Smoliar, February 2015

…Mathéu’s voice is ideally suited to the intimacy of Mompou’s preference for brevity. Her voice is never forced, and she seems equally comfortable with French, Spanish, and Catalan. Nevertheless, she always knows how to tease out unique character elements in each of the 27 tracks on this new release. The listener, therefore, never gets bogged down in any sense of “one thing after another,” wondering, instead, what new delight will be encountered on the next track.

…Mathéu’s project captures much of the spirit of the piano works but embodies that spirit in its own unique flesh, so to speak. © 2015 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2015

This is the second and final volume in the complete songs of the 20th century Spanish composer, Frederic Mompou, now best remembered for his piano music. The first volume I reviewed last April, and there you will find details of his solitary life that was plagued by self-doubt and saw his destruction of much that he wrote. The small quantity of songs that survived point to him as a composer of lovable cameo works, few of the twenty-seven tracks on this disc exceeding three minutes. It is therefore important that within that short time-frame the two performers have captured the character of both words and music. Mompou used a number of literary sources, including Garcia Lorca and Tomas Garces, the poems here rather more happy in content than in the earlier volume, and are distinctly charming in the Comptines (Counting rhymes). Yet the longevity of Mompou’s songs is compromised by the fact that the musical world had moved on from the comfortable harmonies in which he was still working in the 1940’s and 50’s, that included influences from 1930’s French cabaret songs. Singing with an open and uncoloured voice, Marta Matheu, is suited to his style, characterising the various moods of the six Bacquerianes, and ideally shaping Le nuage (The Cloud), one of his most beautiful songs. The disc ends, appropriately, with the brief and unaccompanied, El viaje definitivo (The final journey). In Jordi Maso she has an ideal partner, he often enjoying the far more rewarding part that the composer gave to the keyboard. Very well balanced sound. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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