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Here's your disc of the week for Jan. 20, 2013. Each week CBC Radio 2's In Concert looks at new classical music releases and selects one recording that you'll want to know about. 

Artists: Alain Lefèvre, piano.

Repertoire: François Dompierre: 24 Préludes.

Label: Analekta.

The pianist Alain Lefèvre may not be all that well-known to Canadians outside Québec, but on concerts stages abroad and at home in Montreal he's a very big deal. He's got a trophy case full of awards (a Juno, eight Félixes, an Order of Canada) and hosts a popular weekly radio show on Espace musique.

Composer François Dompierre enjoys similar renown. He's written a string of hit songs, created the soundtracks for more than 60 films and has composed classically inspired concertos for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He, too, hosts his own radio show on Espace musique.

These two "grands figures" in Québec have recently collaborated on a fascinating new CD that features Lefèvre performing Dompierre's 24 Préludes for solo piano. These preludes – one for each of the major and minor keys – reflect a huge range of musical influences, including a big dose of boogie-woogie. Says the composer, "I do believe that this music, composed in earnest, is contemporary. In some respects, it draws inspiration from jazz, pop music, and the broad repertoire of French piano music."

Says Lefèvre, "We have very deep influences of jazz, blues, rock and all these rhythms. It is therefore quite normal that a great composer appropriates major lineages of these currents, then seeps into classical music. Gershwin did and it is in this spirit that Dompierre wrote a superb work."

The result is a thoroughly appealing collection of miniatures with engagingly descriptive titles (for instance Frenetique, Tranquille, Excentrique). It's like listening to a collection of short musical stories full of rhythmic verve, harmonic ingenuity and expressive range.

Lefèvre clearly adores this music. And with this new recording on the Analekta label, both performer and composer are poised to become better known in every corner of the country.

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onlytony
#1 posted by
onlytony
on Jan 20, 2013

this is not a comment

Svetlana Ponomareva
#2 posted by
Svetlana Ponomareva
on Jan 20, 2013

About the Maxime Morin “DJ Champion” / Maxime McKinley BONDYE KONN BAY MEN LI PA KONN SEPARE piece compiling classical marches and its the coverage at "In Concert".

 Alfred Schnittke wrote a wonderful piece called "(K)ein Summernacht's Traum" in 1985 lasting about 12 minutes. In it Schnittke used about every bit of orchestral color available to him, creating a monster nightmare out of a lovely melody, just to come back to an unsettled calm scene, as if nothing happened, an ending not without a salute to Saint-Saëns “Danse Macabre”. In little time, he passed in review centuries of culture, events, conjuring various images of world history. The brilliant orchestral demonstration is also deeply charged. The form serves the meaning. Here is a version on Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OaE_Esx8VA

Mentioning this insightful piece of late XX century music would have certainly put in context the Montreal"world premiere", both in terms of music history and compositional quality. But, despite the excellent execution by the MSO, it would also risk exposing the prosaic nature of the new piece and its rather superficial message reinforced by its length betraying composers’ self indulging complacency.

So, instead, relevant information is simply obfuscated so the local stars can shine and be waxed by an ever sympathetic broadcaster, defending Canadians and their creation. Sadly this -on first sight- well intended endeavor is serving no one. By removing the music history link to geniuses of the second half of the XX Century from the air waves, audiences are not educated and in particular may find difficult to appreciate how these new musicians fit in history and where their development is at. It is a disservice to musicians alike, since their works are likely to be poorly understood beyond a few cheesy pieces marketed through demagoguery. As a result, only ad nauseum arguments of authority will have to tell audiences they should like these works because they are Canadian instead of helping listeners to develop their own appreciation for them.

Suppression of references only stigmatizes one’s own insecure state.

Dr. Marc Villeger

onlytony
#3 posted by
onlytony
on Jan 21, 2013

last sunday s in concert was a ripper

 the dj piece more fun than a barrel of monkeys 

onlytony
#4 posted by
onlytony
on Jan 21, 2013

dr. mv

thank for the link

this went well beyond cultural references

i also admire the dedication the two of you have for the works of schnittke

don t let it go

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