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The Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph critics pick their CDs of the Year

The Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph critics pick their CDs of the Year

On 4th December The Sunday Times critics chose their records of the year for 2005. Hugh Canning chose Susan Graham’s Poèmes de l’amour and Paul Driver chose Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s recording of Elliott Carter’s Night Fantasies and Maurice Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit saying, ‘Carter’s complex, moody evocation of insomnia is brought off with amazing virtuosity’. On the same day The Sunday Telegraph’s Michael Kennedy chose his 12 CDs and DVDs of 2005 and among them was Susan Graham’s Poemes de l’amour: ‘The American mezzo is in her richest, most expressive voice in Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer, never allowing the steamy sentiment to become cloying (in this, she is aided by Yan Pascal Tortelier’s conducting). She sings Ravel’s Shéhérazade thrillingly at the climax of the exciting first song, ‘Asie’, and with seductive mystery in ‘La flûte enchantée’. This enticing disc is completed by John Adams’s tasteful and idiomatic orchestration of four of Debussy’s Baudelaire settings. Graham’s diction and French pronunciation are exemplary.’

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