Boomkat Product Review:
Bumping up the super-limited and long sold out album from 2017, this expanded set of work explores the work of opera singer Mary Mazzacane, one of the first women to graduate from the Yale School of Music and the mother of Loren Mazzacane Connors.
Not much recorded music survives from Mary Mazzacane; she was working regularly on stage from the late 1940s through the '70s but recorded very little. All that remains of her creative life is this selection of songs, taken from her "barely playable" practice sessions, live performance recordings and radio broadcast acetates.
Somehow though, the aesthetic of these recordings lends a warmth and authenticity to the recordings. Mazzacane's voice is hypnotic as she leans into classics like Schubert's 'Ave Maria' and Puccini's 'Vissi d’arte' - these aren't commercial studio versions, but they show how flawless and well-oiled her voice was. "The Art of Mary Mazzacane" is the perfect partner record to Akira Rabelais' lengthy Proust tribute "À La Recherche Du Temps Perdu" - while Rabelais processed the music to sound like a foggy memory, Mazzacane's recordings already sound locked in time.