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Le Monde Reviews First Encounter

Sélection CD L'osmose de deux timbres rares LE MONDE | 13.12.04 | 15h33 First Encounter: Angelika Kirchschlager & Barbara Bonney Classique "Il y a très longtemps, raconte Barbara Bonney, que je fis connaissance avec Angelika Kirchschlager. Ce fut un dimanche...

Sélection CD L'osmose de deux timbres rares

LE MONDE | 13.12.04 | 15h33


First Encounter: Angelika Kirchschlager & Barbara Bonney

Classique "Il y a très longtemps, raconte Barbara Bonney, que je fis connaissance avec Angelika Kirchschlager. Ce fut un dimanche matin, alors que je chantais à Salzbourg dans l'église des Franciscains. Angelika n'était alors qu'une petite fille de 12 ans qui chantait dans la chorale." C'est ainsi que la blonde soprano américaine raconte sa première rencontre avec la brune mezzo salzbourgeoise. D'ou le titre de l'album, First Encounter, lui-meme traduit du premier des Lieder de Schumann, Erste Begegnung, qu'elles interprètent ensemble.

Il ne s'agit pas d'un simple duo produit de marketing mais d'une véritable osmose humaine et musicale. Dès les premières notes des Lieder op. 63 de Mendelssohn, on est saisi par l'accord de leur timbre et de leur personnalité. On se souviendrait certainement - elles ne l'ont jamais chanté ensemble - d'un Chevalier à la rose, de Strauss, ou le duo d'amour Barbara Bonney (elle a été la Sophie superlative de l'enregistrement avec Carlos Kleiber en 1984) - Angelika Kirchschlager (qui fut l'Octavian découvert avec bonheur à l'Opéra-Bastille en 2002) aurait donné le blues à la plus endurcie des Maréchale.

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