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Alvin Lucier: Navigations

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Steve Naud, PAN M 360, December 1, 2020

Avec Navigations, le Quatuor Bozzini nous offre une bien belle fenêtre sur l’univers d’Alvin Lucier.

Depuis sa création il y a une vingtaine d’années, le Quatuor Bozzini a su développer des relations privilégiées avec plusieurs créateurs importants de l’époque actuelle. C’est à la demande du seul et unique Alvin Lucier que l’ensemble montréalais fait aujourd’hui paraître ce disque constitué de pièces jouées dans le cadre d’un concert sur les planches du Gesù en 2015. Elles ont été réinterprétées l’été dernier à l’église Sainte-Théodosie de Calixa-Lavalée pour les fins de cet enregistrement qui nous présente différentes facettes de l’œuvre du compositeur américain.

Le disque s’ouvre avec Disappearances, une pièce créée en 1994 qui s’inscrit dans la portion plus drone du répertoire de Lucier. Soutenant des bourdons sonores qui se déploient sur plusieurs minutes, les membres du Quatuor Bozzini font preuve d’une adresse et d’une endurance colossales. Les mélomanes qui prisent ces faisceaux musicaux horizontaux en savoureront toute la profondeur avec beaucoup de plaisir.

Group Tapper (2004) nous transporte dans un tout autre univers. Les quatre musiciens utilisent leurs violons comme des instruments à percussion en les frappant avec leurs archets. L’auditeur a l’impression de se retrouver dans une caverne où aurait lieu un rituel païen invoquant de mystérieuses divinités. Ce sentiment d’étrangeté s’accentue à l’écoute des vingt-quatre courtes séquences d’ Unanumo (1994) aux cours desquelles le chant des instrumentistes se marie au frottement des cordes. La musique qui en résulte déconcerte autant qu’elle fascine.

En guise de conclusion, Navigations for Strings (1991) nous ramène sur les berges des rivières drone. Pour maîtriser ces courants sonores continus, le Bozzini se montre aussi habile que le réputé Quatuor Arditti qui a, lui aussi, endisqué cette œuvre il y a quelques années. Sa performance est, une fois de plus de très haut niveau, mais le travail de l’ingénieur de son Carl Talbot, qui nous permet d’en apprécier chaque détail avec une clarté cristalline, doit également être souligné.

Ginastera – Bernstein – Moussa : Œuvres pour violon et orchestre

À propos de l'album Ginastera - Bernstein - Moussa d'Andrew Wan avec

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal - OSM

dirigé par Kent Nagano, le magazine Crescendo écrit:

"Le travail sur les timbres est impressionnant et l’ensemble compose une partition assez inclassable par sa richesse sonore et sa palette de nuances entre scansions et échanges instrumentaux aux limites de l'expérience sonore."

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 - Crescendo-magazine.be - Décembre 2020

 

Sélectionné par CBC Music comme l'un des 20 meilleurs albums de musique classique de 2020.

 

Le Devoir Andrew Wan en première ligne

 

PanAm 360 ANDREW WAN ET L’EFFET NAGANO

Beethoven : Sonates pour violon et piano nº 1, 2, 3 et 5

 

The WholeNote décrit le nouvel album Beethoven : Sonates pour violon et piano nº 1, 2, 3 et 5 du violoniste Andrew Wan et du pianiste Charles Richard-Hamelin comme étant « Un pur bonheur du début à la fin, les performances ici sont du même haut niveau que sur le volume précédent dans cette série qui continue d'impressionner.»

Terry Robbins - The Whole Note - Décembre 2020

 

Gramophone

Throughout the album, the engineering and fine acoustical space, Église St-Augustin in Mirabel, Quebec, enable the musicians’ keen partnership to emerge with crystalline clarity.

- Donald Rosenberg

Walter Kaufmann; Chamber Works

Recommended

“… The ARC Ensemble play with impeccable musicality, and they’ve been beautifully recorded. Simon Wynberg’s booklet notes warrant the highest praise. Don’t let this one pass you by.”

Stephen Greenbank – MusicWeb-International.com – 1 December 2020

 

Editor’s Choice

An itinerant life that produced exciting, exotic music… This is part of a Chandos series called Music in Exile, recorded by the ARC Ensemble from Canada. They play Kaufmann’s music with care, excitement, and even abandon when necessary. I am particularly impressed with violinist Jamie Kruspe in the Sonata, whose portamento and tonal shading point up the music’s exoticism. Clarinettist Joaquin Valdepeñas produces a beautiful tone, and pianist Kevin Ahfat accompanies sensitively in both works. Sound quality is first class. Walter Kaufmann is well worth investigating.   *****

Phillip Scott – Limelightmagazine.com.au – 16 October 2020

 

“… Kaufmann wrote a huge amount, including a large portfolio of operas, eighty works with orchestra including six symphonies, a number of concertos, lots of songs and piano music. High praise goes to the players of ARC Ensemble and whilst it’s invidious to pick among them, Erika Raum and Kevin Ahfat star in the Sonata No.2 and Joaquin Valdepeñas makes a fine show in the Sonatina. There are fine notes, and the excellent recording quality ensures that these premiere recordings are heard in the best light. This ‘Music in Exile’ series also includes chamber works by Ben-Haim, Jerzy Fitelberg and Szymon Laks, and whilst there’s no indication that there will be a second volume devoted to Kaufmann his music certainly warrants increased exposure.”

Jonathan Woolf – MusicWeb-International.com – 12 November 2020

 

Performance ****      Recording ****

“… Of all the pieces compellingly performed by the ARC Ensemble. I am particularly taken by the Septet for the unusual combination of three violins, viola, two cellos and piano. This one-movement work presents striking juxtapositions between passages of fiercely percussive intensity and more reflective mysterious material, and encompasses an impressive range of emotions within its 15-minute duration. The Seventh and 12th Quartets are also attractive, as is the resourceful arrangement for clarinet and piano of Sonatina No. 12 for violin and piano, whose likeable dance movements could easily become a favoured repertoire piece for the instrument. Hopefully, the ARC Ensemble’s sterling efforts on behalf of this completely unknown composer will stimulate further exploration of Kaufmann’s output…”

Erik Levi – BBC Music magazine – November 2020

 

“… Their [ARC Ensemble] strongly Czech accent, tuneful and melancholic, dominates, with sudden darts into raga mood. Kaufmann’s music, nuanced and unexpected, deserves to be heard.”

Fiona Maddocks – The Guardian – 26 September 2020

 

"The ARC Ensemble have prepared this unfamiliar repertoire with care and a feeling for its beauties. I enjoyed Erika Raum’s sweet tone in the brief Second Violin Sonata and her quicksilver repartee with pianist Kevin Ahfat in Kaufmann’s sudden turns of thought […] Chandos and the ARC Ensemble would do everyone a favour by producing a second volume.” - Peter Quantrill Gramophone

 

Boston Globe - Top 10 classical music albums of 2020

WALTER KAUFMANN, CHAMBER WORKS ARC Ensemble

The Toronto-based ARC Ensemble were at it again this year. No group has worked with such sustained commitment to illuminate the lives erased and the music cast into the shadows by the Second World War. Here they present the first album ever devoted to the worthy music of Walter Kaufmann, a Czech-Jewish composer who fled Nazi Europe to settle in Bombay.

Jeremy Eichler - Boston Globe - December 2020

 

classicalMPR New Classical Tracks: ARC Ensemble records the music of Walter Kaufmann for the first time

 

Winnipeg Free Press  Best Albums of 2020

 

“The ARC Ensemble performs these premiere recordings with daring and verve, doing great justice to Kaufmann’s intriguingly idiosyncratic style.”
Zev Kane - WQXR

 

“This fearlessly individualistic album features string quartets as well as pieces for smaller and larger ensembles (Kaufmann also wrote symphonies and operatic works), all composed during Kaufmann’s time in India. The first work here, played by violinists Erika Raum and Marie Bérard, violist Steven Dann and cellist Thomas Wiebe, is the String Quartet No. 11. It’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before. A sombre cello drone anchors an enigmatic, whole-tone-centric raga melody that the quartet take dancing in the brief, five-minute opening movement.”
delarue - New York Music Daily

 

“The discovery of the year. And, except for those who detest Indian idioms, unbeatable.”
Christophe Huss - Le Devoir

 

“It’s particularly striking how immediate, fresh and new Kaufmann’s 80-plus-year-old music
is in this significant contribution to the chamber music discography; it’s a celebration of the arresting artistry of a composer Winnipeg once proudly if briefly, hailed as one of its own.”

Holly Harris - Winnipeg Free Press

 

“[…] the works on this disc bring his exquisitely unique musical voice to life with uncommon drama and emotion. A feeling of loss and nostalgia characterizes much of this music,
often evoked by the haunting and transcendent classical Indian modalities […] This is a remarkable recording.”

Raul da Gama - World Music Report

 

“All the Chamber Works by Walter Kaufmann (Chandos), performed by the ARC Ensemble, part of its Music in Exile series, are world premiere recordings of pieces composed during his time in India. Their strongly Czech accent, tuneful and melancholic, dominates, with sudden darts into raga mood. Kaufmann’s music, nuanced and unexpected, deserves to be heard.”
Fiona Maddocks - The Guardian

 

“These are substantial works, in which plaintive solemnity alternates with emphatic, syncopated dances, all heavily imbued with Indian modal, melodic and rhythmic sequences. I found this engrossing mix of European and Asian traditions richly rewarding and hope that this superb CD will inspire more recordings of Kaufmann’s music. I’d love to hear them.”
Michael Schulman - The Whole Note

 

In Seven Days

Earth shaking exuberance...

Financial Times

 

A pianist has craked a composer's code

NY Times

 

RBB24 Elastisch spielen

 Hans Ackermann

 

The Whole Note  Urgent and honest, we quest after the supernatural.

Adam Sherkin

 

 

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