The poetic renewal embodied by Hugo, Baudelaire, Verlaine and so many others after them radically changed the musical landscape and propelled French art song into a true golden age.
This tribute to Fauré, the supreme master of the mélodie, gains its radiance from Marc Mauillon’s ideally clear voice and Anne Le Bozec’s delicate pianism.
The singer’s second ‘solo’ recording on harmonia mundi shows him just as much at home in Faurean word setting as in the text of Lambert’s Leçons de Ténèbres.
On the plus side, every word Mauillon sings is audible and he has an enchanting mezza voce, which he sensibly doesn’t use too often. But although described here as a baritone, he lacks the richness of tone and the array of colours one needs to perform this music…Anne Le Bozec provides rather more variety. BBC Music Magazine