barbara hannigan & reinbert de leeuw
winter & winter
Watched the Barbara Hannigan DVD this afternoon with Lily snuggled up in the crook of my arm (she's been distinctly aloof & bad-tempered of late).
Admiration for BH only deepens - not just the ability to simultaneously direct an orchestra & deliver the most demanding vocal lines but also her sheer energy & self-discipline (the daily jog, Japanese knife pack for personal catering that is stowed in her suitcase, the 5-minute costume changes ...).
As the rather porky Simon Rattle says, one feels honoured to share the planet with her.
& it just so happens that the recent Satie CD is in Fnac & so I feel duty bound to investigate.
Ravishingly beautiful, of course. One of the five voices that really touch.
& not that one should judge a CD by its cover ... but the photos are well-judged too. The wonderful Reinbert de Leeuw* with cigarette lifted to the lips strikes a suitably dissolute note against the cascading locks of Hannigan (freshly showered after an invigorating work-out, no doubt).
On est satiesfait ...
* listen to his Satie Gymnopedies etc. & marvel at the tempo - huge spaces open up between notes making Morton Feldman's inheritance all the more evident. Contentious, I know, but it works for me.