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Secrets: French Songs ()

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composed by Claude Debussy, Fazil Say, Gabriel Fauré, Henri Duparc, Maurice Ravel

The "secrets" denoted by the title of this release on the increasingly productive Erato/Warner Classics are not repertory items, but the inner thoughts inspired by the music for mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa; the pieces on the are mostly well-known French mélodies. The exception is the final piece, composed by accompanist Fazil Say (who elsewhere has a remarkable quiet edge) and depicting the suppression of protests in Istanbul's Gezi Park, which is a bit out of place; perhaps it was felt that the program would be too ...

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  1. Chansons de Bilitis (3), song cycle for voice & piano, L. 97 (90)
  2. Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano), M. 41
  3. Mélodies (3), song collection for voice & piano, L. 85 (81)
  4. Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera, for voice & piano, M. 51
  5. Mirages, song cycle (4) for voice & piano, Op. 113
  6. Au pays où se fait la guerre, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  7. Lamento ("Connaissez-vous la blanche tombe"), song for voice & piano
  8. Elégie ("Oh! ne murmurez pas son nom!"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  9. Chanson triste ("Dans ton coeur..."), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 2/4
  10. Gezi Park 3, ballad for mezzo-soprano, piano & string orchestra, Op. 54
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