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Florian Boesch - Schumann & Mahler: Lieder - La Libre Belgique

29 November 2017
La Libre Belgique

Deux cycles signés Schumann - le mythique Liederkreis op. 39 sur des poèmes d'Eichendorff, et trois lieds issus du "Wilhelm Meister" de Goethe -, et les "Leider eines Fahrenden Gesellen" (Chants d'un compagnon errant), textes et musique de Mahler, forment le programme - assez bref - d'un enregistrement exemplaire par son unité poétique, vocale et musicale. La mélancolie est partout, hérissée d'espoirs fugitifs, d'euphories illusoires, de sursauts de révoltes, et bientôt de douloureuse résignation, laissant le fin mot à Mahler : "alles wieder gut, Lieb und Leid, und Welt un Traum". La voix de Boesch - puissante, corsée, avec un médium brillant et noir -, son sens du texte et son dramatisme visionnaire donnent à cet enregistrement un caractère âpre et tendre à la fois, soutenu au piano par le génial Martineau.

3/4 stars 

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