A unique voice and a striking presence. For those who don’t know her, please head for the exhibition organised by Philharmonie de Paris in its new Jean Nouvel building.All the exhibitions that I have seen there have been instructive but also very pleasant to visit. The Philharmonie’s curators know the art of combining information with moments contemplation where you sit or even sometimes lie down and stay as long as you like to dive in the world of sounds and images.
This is the woman who accepted the invitation of a passionate German fan to come and give a concert in Germany in 1964. She took some convincing but ended up going and being extremely touched by the warm welcome that awaited her in the small town of Göttingen. So much so that she wrote a song for them there and then. A mutual gesture of friendship and desire for peace in postwar Europe.
If you are too far to come in person, sit down tonight with a glass of wine in a warm living room (dog on your feet and fire place lit are good optionals) and listen to these. Let a bit of le Paris of the 60s enter your house…