Gramophone Magazine March 2018 Editor's Choice
Gramophone Awards 2018 Shortlisted - Solo Vocal
A recital of songs spanning Debussy’s entire compositional career, from Tragédie written in early 1881, to his very last song, Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisons from the end of 1915. We bid adieu to this series in company of Lucy Crowe and, of course, Malcolm Martineau.
In wonderful voice throughout, Crowe very much makes this repertory her own. Ascents into the stratospheres are all beautifully and securely accomplished, and those long melismas are tautly controlled and always expressive, never vacuous. Martineau, who has been the series’ presiding genius, is a flawless Debussy interpreter, meanwhile, playing with infinite subtlety, nuance and colour. Exceptional. Gramophone
In many ways Crowe’s bright, pure tone suits the music well: she is extremely precise and can spin out the lightest of silken vocal lines without any extraneous fuss. Her delicacy is admirable, supported throughout by Malcolm Martineau’s sensitivity at the piano, but she could lend the youthful composer more of a hand. BBC ***