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French mezzo Marianne Crebassa is currently causing quite a stir across the opera world, and features in four of this month’s releases. Not bad going for a young artist, just 30 years of age. Her first work for consideration is her album with pianist Fazil Say, Secrets, in which she wanders through the perfumed world of mélodies to gorgeous effect. Her voice is even and balanced, and she has the sophistication to sound simple and natural in her selection of music by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré and Duparc. The music fits her like a glove, and her voice has an element of attractive tanginess which ensures the programme never descends into self-indulgence. The mostly introspective tone of the disc is leavened by two vocalises, the first by Ravel, the other by Say himself, both providing a relief from the otherwise overwhelming atmosphere of tristesse – though even here Crebassa’s sexier vocal colourations provide a sense of plangency. Say is an admirable partner, aiding and abetting Crebassa in her deliciously elegant musings.

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