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Franck: Melodies / Francesca Scaini, Mattia Ometto

Franck / Scaini / Ometto
Release Date: 12/10/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94457   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  César Franck
Performer:  Mattia OmettoFrancesca Scaini
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



FRANCK Nocturne. Ninon. Le vase brisé. Lied. Le mariage des roses. Robin Gray. Souvenance. Passez! Passez toujours! Roses en papillons. L’Ange et l’enfant. Les cloches du soir. L’Emir de Bengador. S’il est un charmant gazon. A cette terre où l’on ploie sa tente. Aimer. La procession Francesca Scaini (s); Mattia Ometto (pn) BRILLIANT 94457 (58:21)


The songs of César Franck, with the exception of Panis Angelicus (not represented Read more here), Nocturne, and La Procession, are not nearly as well known as his instrumental pieces by most average music-lovers. Hopefully, this superb disc will make them better known and liked. Certainly, one cannot fault Scaini’s vocalism, rich and full with a luscious yet powerful tone and outstanding vocal control. She has no “break” in registers, her voice has the same burnished bronze quality from her lowest to her highest notes, and her vibrato is light and rapid, making her timbre sound almost vibratoless. Her breath control is staggering, spinning out the longest lines as if in one breath, and her musicality unquestionably great (Scaini, the notes tell us, has also sung the modern music of Hespos, Ligeti, and Neurath in addition to the standard Italian operatic repertoire). If I have any complaint, it is that she is more of an operatic animal and less of a song stylist; it’s a bit like hearing Gilda Cruz-Romo sing Schubert Lieder. Pianist Ornetto, following her every mood and impulse, also accompanies along “big” lines. This may not really be the ideal style for Franck’s chansons , but as I say, you can’t fault her voice or phrasing. It’s not that Scaini sings with no sensitivity—her shading and coloring of the voice are superb (note, particularly, Robin Gray )—only that her phrasing is generally broad and operatic in scope, but sometimes I’ll allow a bit less subtlety in interpretation for the sake of hearing a voice as great as this. Being Italian, Scaini’s French diction is rather more phonetic-sounding and less idiomatic than one may wish for, but this is a small complaint. At least her diction is clear.


The downer of this set, as usual for Brilliant, is the lack of texts. Happily, Emily Ezust’s online Lied & Art Song Text Page comes to the rescue for most of these. Very highly recommended.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Nocturne, M 85 by César Franck
Performer:  Mattia Ometto (Piano), Francesca Scaini ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 
Venue:  Sala delle Paludi, Onara 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2.
Ninon, M 71 by César Franck
Performer:  Mattia Ometto (Piano), Francesca Scaini ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; France 
Venue:  Sala delle Paludi, Onara 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Le vase brisé, M 84 by César Franck
Performer:  Mattia Ometto (Piano), Francesca Scaini ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; France 
Venue:  Sala delle Paludi, Onara 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
4.
Lied, M 83 by César Franck
Performer:  Mattia Ometto (Piano), Francesca Scaini ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; France 
Venue:  Sala delle Paludi, Onara 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5.
Le mariage des roses, song for voice & piano, M. 80 by César Franck
Performer:  Mattia Ometto (Piano), Francesca Scaini ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871 
Venue:  Sala delle Paludi, Onara 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
6.
Souvenance, M 70 by César Franck
Performer:  Mattia Ometto (Piano), Francesca Scaini ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  Sala delle Paludi, Onara 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
7.
Robin Gray, M 74 by César Franck
Performer:  Mattia Ometto (Piano), Francesca Scaini ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  Sala delle Paludi, Onara 
Length: 6 Minutes 44 Secs. 
8.
Passez, passez toujours, M 82 by César Franck
Performer:  Mattia Ometto (Piano), Francesca Scaini ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Venue:  Sala delle Paludi, Onara 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
9.
Roses et papillons, M 81 by César Franck
Performer:  Mattia Ometto (Piano), Francesca Scaini ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Venue:  Sala delle Paludi, Onara 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
10.
L'ange et l'enfant, M 75 by César Franck
Performer:  Francesca Scaini (), Mattia Ometto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; France 
Venue:  Sala delle Paludi, Onara 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
11.
Les cloches de soir, M 87 by César Franck
Performer:  Francesca Scaini (), Mattia Ometto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; France 
Venue:  Sala delle Paludi, Onara 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
12.
L'émir de Bengador, M 72 by César Franck
Performer:  Mattia Ometto (Piano), Francesca Scaini ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842-1843; France 
Venue:  Sala delle Paludi, Onara 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
13.
S'il est un charmant gazon, M 78 by César Franck
Performer:  Mattia Ometto (Piano), Francesca Scaini ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  Sala delle Paludi, Onara 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
14.
A cette terre, song for voice & piano by César Franck
Performer:  Mattia Ometto (Piano), Francesca Scaini ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847 
Venue:  Sala delle Paludi, Onara 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
15.
Aimer, M 76 by César Franck
Performer:  Mattia Ometto (Piano), Francesca Scaini ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; France 
Venue:  Sala delle Paludi, Onara 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
16.
La procession, M 88 by César Franck
Performer:  Mattia Ometto (Piano), Francesca Scaini ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; France 
Venue:  Sala delle Paludi, Onara 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Nocturne: M. 85
Ninon, M. 71
Le vase brise, M. 84
Lied, M. 83
Le mariage des roses, M. 80
Souvenance, M. 70
Robin Gray, M. 74
Passez, passez toujours, M. 82
Roses et papillons, M. 81
L'ange et l'enfant, M. 75
Les cloches du soir, M. 87
L'emir de Bengador, M. 72
S'il est un charmant gazon, M. 78
A cette terre, ou l'on ploie sa tente
Aimer, M. 76
La procession, M. 88

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