Songs from the Age of the Closet
Art Songs by Gay Composers of the 19th and 20th Centuries
2001: MM Productions 1730-2
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (18401893
Reynaldo Hahn (18741947)
Karol Maciej Szymanowski (18821937)
Francis Poulenc (18991963)
Martin Hennessy (1953)
Charles Tomlinson Griffes (18841920)
As is the case with Jessye Normans Ravel/Berlioz album, this CD is very much an Odd Man Out in my audio library. I got it because I had watched (and obtained a copy of) Savaşs documentary Coup (about the post-WWII history of Turkish government and its recurrent military takeovers) and, upon checking out her website, saw that she had recorded this CD. Always happy to explore the works of artists who bridge media, I got a copy and have been taking my sweet time trying to get into it.
Unfortunately her vibrato hits the higher tones more than my ear can readily enjoy, so she always seems to be singing sharp when any note is sustained. And, as I have said in my comments about the aforementioned Norman album, Im really not into operatic soprano singing. But I applaud what shes doing in this collection, and I am grateful that shes sung the songs in their original languages as well as providing English translations in the CD booklet (although the Tchaikovsky lyrics are printed in phonetic transliterations, not Cyrillic words but Szymanowskis Polish lyrics are presented correctly). Im giving myself time with this one, trying to not rush things, so that I can come to appreciate the music itself even if I cannot get into this vocal milieu.
Her website: www.elifsavas.com
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.