Our favorite albums: Barcella, Wednesday, Quatuor Diotima, Malan…



This week, we present a selection of albums released in recent weeks and appreciated by the critics of the music section of the World. In chronological order of releases: three works for string quartets by György Ligeti by the Quatuor Diotima; the next generation of alternative rock with the American band Wednesday; rapper Black Thought’s association with soul group El Michels Affair; the jazz voyage in chanson or pop of the tentette by pianist, composer and conductor Laurent Cugny; Barcella’s folk and pop musical poetry; the first album under his name by Antonio “Malan” Mané, singer of Super Mama Djombo.

“Mariposa”, by Barcella

Cover of the album

This is the fifth album, since The music boxin 2010, from Barcella: Mariposa (“butterfly”, in Spanish), with which the singer, guitarist and songwriter continues to seduce. With his voice, soft, caressing, which in places approaches the spoken form, he sings the expression of feelings (Your tears smile at me), human relationships (The Rainy Days, The Heart of Men, Your Star), reveals, without calling on pathos, personal moments (Welcometo a child to whom to say: “Heaven is your hand in mine / And I polish your porcelain heart” ; Bad student ; On the other sidean address to his father).

Often acoustic atmosphere, with string arrangements, light rhythms (Frantxoa Erreçarret and Guillaume Destarac on drums and percussion, Julien Jacquin on bass), keyboards with clear sounds (Philippe Billoin), Barcella’s music goes towards a folk style and pop which coats, by its delicacy, words which touch, move, create poetic images. S. Yes.

1 CD Gibberish/L’Autre Distribution (released April 28).

“Metamorphosis Ligeti”, from the Diotima Quartet

Cover of the album “Metamorphosis Ligeti”, by the Diotima Quartet.

Dedicated to the three works for string quartets written by György Ligeti (1923-2006) over a fairly short period (less than two decades), this disc could strike the three blows of the celebration, hitherto discreet, of the centenary of the birth by the composer of Hungarian origin, so edifying is his program and his unsurpassable interpretation. THE String Quartet No. 1, “Nocturnal Metamorphoses” (1954) consists of a series of sketches which, between dazzling visions and inextinguishable mirages, sometimes reveal grotesque figures à la James Ensor. Sensitive to the variations of textures, dear to the composer, the performance of Diotima is stunning.

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