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wrote music that has you in tears,' says Brad Mehldau. He continues: 'She [Anne Sofie] expresses tenderness without sentimentality; she knows how to be expressive
without ever overdoing it. She has great understanding, more than anyone else, of the text, whether
it is in English, French, German, or any other language.'
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The second album is more varied and, to me, more immediately accessible. It starts with 'Avec le Temps,' the great love ballad by Leo Ferre'. A lighter song by a French chanteuse named Barbara follows and then Joni Mitchell's "Marcie," a song I probably wouldn't have liked if I were listening to Mitchell sing it but like it with Otter doing it. The best song on the album (well, co-best, along with "Avec le Temps") is Bob Telson's "Calling You" from the movie Baghdad Cafe. Otter does a good job on this though not as good as another version I have of the song, sung by the colossal soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson on her Lavinia recital album. (I don't know of any classical music singer who has the pipes to match Hunt Lieberson's.) Otter also sings the early 50s ballad, "Walking My Baby Back Home," but in Swedish! She seems to have lifted it from a recording by the Swedish jazz singer Monika Zetterlund. Mehldau plays straight on the French songs, freer on the American ones, giving them moire of a jazz feel.Read more ›
El segundo CD Esta compuesto por versiones de cancion francesa e incursiones a standars americano e incluso una version de los Beatles. Aqui Anne Sophie Von Otter esta simplemente genial. Su voz natural, la belleza de su fraseo, la intimidad del acompañamiento convierte este proyecto en una obra maestra. Si buscan un disco para reflexionar, para olvidarse de las vulgaridades mundanas, no lo duden, es este.Sera muy dificil encontrar ese tandem entre lo clasico, lo contemporaneo y la musica popular mas perfecto y elegante. Un triunfo sin paliativos y lo que es mas dificil desde la humildad mas interiorizada. Perfecto
Setting questionable presentations aside, I happen to like the CD very much. As a collaborative effort, I find "Love Songs" w/Von Otter much more convincing and less "mannered" than the Mehldau/Fleming effort, IMHO. With each listen, I find myself becoming a fan of Mr. Mehldau with his precociously emotional approach to the piano. (Check out, for example, his solo on McCartney's Blackbird!)
My two cents.
But Ms Von Otter has a beautiful voice, and she knows it.
As a result she imparts absolutely NO emotion into any of these songs.
The tunes are all lovely, but she sings them identically.
She is not heartbroken where she should be heartbroken, she is not enraptured when she is in love, she just...sings.
If you want exquisite French music (female) check out Lara Fabian.
But if you want your heart broken by the exquisite music of Jacques Brel, then listen to Jacques Brel.
Sofie Von Otter could do with some acting lessons to accompany her lovely but monotonous warbling.
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I heard most of this recording "live" at Carnegie Hall when she and Brad performed it a couple of years ago. She is my favorite opera soprano. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Sharon Moore
Sophie and Brad come from different musical worlds but when they perform together, the two worlds become one. If only other "worlds" would join together so harmoniously.Published on May 20, 2012 by Page turner
two of my favorite musicians (from completely different perspective) on co-project,
i thought my heart was going to stop. had to buy it. cant stop it yet.