ANNE SOFIE VON OTTER Wings in the Night 4491892
The performances are superb, quiet shadings of colour and subtle phrasings under immaculate control, a mere thread of voice often used to draw you into the heart of a song quite magically.
Not all CD recitals could hold you riveted in the concert hall, but this one would . . . [von Otter] recalls Söderström in her ability to communicate intense feeling, and her willingness to push her voice . . . with overwhelming results that made me wish I was hearing this programme live . . . Superb performances of music not only worth discovering but to return to.
. . . Yet again von Otter proves herself a supreme artist, her voice pure, full-bodied and unconstrained. But more thrilling still is the way she communicates: you sense that every syllable has been considered for meaning and weight, but nothing is forced or studied, and the effect is beautiful and uplifting . . . Bengt Forsberg proves her equal at the keyboard: infinitely responsive, and assertive but never dominating.
Partout le duo Anne-Sofie von Otter -- Bengt Forsberg est magnifique: dans la douceur [...], la conduite des gradations [...], la narration [...]. Chez von Otter on remarquera tout particulièrement la nouvelle maîtrise et le rayonnement du registre aigu [...], le soutien du souffle, permettant des pianissimos extatiques. [...] Ce disque original recèle une intelligence, un plaisir musical et une tenue interprétative à marquer d'une pierre blanche.