Our favorite albums: Georgl Nigl and Olga Pashchenko, The Lemon Twigs, SBTRKT, April March, Gribouille…


This week, we present to you eight discs appreciated and reviewed by the critics of the music section of the World and which were marketed in May. In chronological order of releases: a selection of lieder by Franz Schubert, Carl Loewe, Robert Schumann and Hugo Wolf by baritone Georg Nigl and pianist Olga Pashchenko; the fourth album by the Michael and Brian D’Addario siblings, The Lemon Twigs; the disc of one of the most talented English producers, SBTRKT; that of the American April March; the meeting of a jazz group based in Wroclaw, Poland, and a trio of musicians from Lahore, Pakistan; the sixth album by American pop artist and pianist Brian Christinzio, aka BC Camplight; a complete set of songs performed by Gribouille, who died at the age of 26 on January 18, 1968; the touching and luminous depth of Paul Simon.

“Echo” by Georgl Nigl and Olga Pashchenko

Cover of the album “Echo” by Georg Nigl and Olga Pashchenko.

It only takes two minutes to grasp the exceptional dimension of this disc. Restored according to a faithful return to the manuscript, the rather rare Viola (” the violet “) by Franz Schubert is immediately worth to the listener to be blown away by the art of Georg Nigl. The Austrian baritone does not base his expression as a master storyteller on an infinitely rich voice but on the real sound universe that it determines, as luminous in the bass as in the treble. Schubert’s cycle then appears to us as a pop-up book from which each page brings out figures with impressive relief. Just as irresistible in the intimate register of Der Vater mit dem Kind (“The father with his child”)Georgl Nigl leaves Schubert for a grand screening of theErlkönig (“The Alder King”) by Carl Loewe, from whom he also gave a selection of songs to great effect. Notably, Die Wandelnde Glocke (“The walking bell”), which benefits from the sheaves of dread produced by the janissary pedal of the pianoforte.

If the singer’s performance is breathtaking, that of his accompanist, Olga Pashchenko, is no less so. For Robert Schumann (on texts by Andersen), as for Hugo Wolf (forays into the fantastic), this duo of magicians (illusion is their kingdom) magnificently brings the lied from the living room to the theatre. P.Gi

1 CD Alpha Classics/Outhere Music (released May 5).

“Everything Harmony” by The Lemon Twigs

Cover of the album

Multi-instrumentalists and songwriters Michael and Brian D’Addario, or The Lemon Twigs, were 17 and 19 years old respectively when their first album, Do Hollywood (2016), and have already fully assimilated the science of alumni Todd Rundgren, Elton John and the Sparks. The precocious siblings from Long Island have since expanded their writing, flirting between orchestral pop, folk-pop, glam rock and, we must also admit, a slightly annoying Broadway side. Everything Harmonytheir fourth opus, written and recorded between 2020 and 2021, finally seems to have found a fine balance.

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