2 February 2024

THE MORNING LIST

This week, we present to you, in chronological order of releases, seven discs appreciated and reviewed by the critics of the music section of the World and released in March: a program of works by Georges Enesco, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Eugène Ysaÿe and Nino Rota by violinist Sarah Nemtanu and pianist Romain Descharmes; archives of a tour by American guitarist Frank Zappa in 1980; previously unreleased songs by Malian singer and guitarist Ali Farka Touré; eleven soft and tender titles by the singer Maissiat; rapper J9ueve’s debut album; the Brussels rock trio Annabel Lee led by guitarist, singer and lyricist Audrey Marot; the ninth album under his name by Franco-British Matt Elliott.

“Childhood impressions”, by Sarah Nemtanu and Romain Descharmes

Remarkably designed around a key work by Georges Enesco which gives its title to the album, Childhood impressions alternates miniatures of an entertaining nature and sonatas of historical importance with a variety of styles that could constitute a pitfall in the overall perception of the subject. The violinist Sarah Nemtanu avoids it by approaching each page in the same spirit: that of a performer who has known how to preserve her child’s soul, and even that of a child prodigy, like Enesco, like her Romanian ancestry.

Under his charming bow, the pieces of virtuosity (signed Enesco, Ysaÿe or Rota) never pass for stage numbers and the sonatas seem guided by an instinctive approach that is quite rare in the matter. That of Debussy stretches with a feline suppleness that the pianist Romain Descharmes accompanies with a lot of spirit, and that of Ravel offers a dream plasticity. As for the cycle of Childhood impressionsby Enesco, far from resembling an album of outdated memories, it is taken over by the accomplice duo like a dreamlike toy box. P.Gi.

1 Alpha Classics/Outhere Music CD (released March 3).

“Zappa’80 – Mudd Club/Munich”, by Frank Zappa

On May 8, 1980, guitarist, singer and songwriter Frank Zappa (1940-1993) and his band were at the Mudd Club in New York, a small venue specializing in postpunk rock and new wave. On July 3, it is in front of the 12,000 spectators of the Olympiahalle, in Munich, that Zappa, guitarists and singers Ike Willis and Ray White, keyboardist Tommy Mars, bassist Arthur Barrow and drummer David Logeman end their tour . These evenings are gathered in Zappa’80 – Mudd Club/Munich.

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