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Work: Cinq mélodies populaires grecques

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ComposerRavel, Maurice (1875-1937)
Period20th century
Work typeVocal
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Catherine Trottmann beguiles in French mélodies

Catherine Trottmann © Caroline Doutre
Trottmann used profile, posture and facial expression to bring each song to life. 
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Gallic delights: the Nash Ensemble at Wigmore Hall

Nash Ensemble © Hanya Chlala/ArenaPAL
The Nash Ensemble exploited its versatility in a wide-ranging and enjoyable programme of French chamber music and song featuring soprano Rebecca Evans.
****1
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A voyage of discovery in Christiane Karg's Prom debut

Christiane Karg © Gisela Schenker
The opening of the Duparc rippled diaphanously in Martineau's hands as the seductive but pure silver of Karg's voice.
****1
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Bel canto brilliance: Mariella Devia at Wigmore Hall

Giulio Zappa and Mariella Devia at Wigmore Hall © Jonathan Rose
Despite an indisposition, Mariella Devia remains a formidable bel canto performer at her much-anticipated Wigmore Hall recital.
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Matthew Polenzani flourishes in The Art of the Song

Part of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series, Matthew Polenzani's programme impressed. Beginning with Beethoven, he made his way from German to French by way of Liszt, then carried on with Satie and Ravel, and finally wound down the concert with a set of Samuel Barber songs and some lovely encores.
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