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27 Sep 2005

Cardillac at l'Opéra de Paris,1-0@2-3246,36-692937@51-627783,0.html

nagano.jpgL'événement "Cardillac" déçoit à demi par défaut de finesse et de fantastique

[Le Monde, 26 September 2005]

Cardillac (1926), du compositeur allemand naturalisé américain Paul Hindemith (1895-1963), d'après une nouvelle d'E.T.A. Hoffmann, Mademoiselle de Scudéry (1819), est devenu une rareté à laquelle les scènes lyriques préfèrent aujourd'hui Matthis le peintre, (1935), un ouvrage plus long, plus lourd, plus typique du Hindemith de la maturité. C'est dire que sa création, samedi 24 septembre, à l'Opéra de Paris, dans une mise en scène d'André Engel, est un événement singulier, d'autant que la musique de Hindemith est rarement jouée en France.

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