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An outstanding work
Lussier is an internationally known bassoon player and a composer. This entire album is beautifully recorded and the works on this album are melodically crafted. Whether you enjoy listening to classical music or if you are an instrumentalist, you will enjoy this entire CD. My personal favorite from the CD is track #8 "Romance" as it is a rich, moving and relaxing work that is exquisitely detailed in immediacy. You will certainly enjoy this entire CD of music and find yourself playing it time and time again.more....
Sociable music with charm and character
I know Mathieu Lussier as a bassoonist, especially in Latin American and Baroque repertoire, but he's also an accomplished composer. This new CD from ATMA Classique shows this accomplishment, and also highlights his range and broad appeal.
All of these works feature music for wind instruments, and are presented by Pentaedre, the wide-ranging and progressive wind chamber group based in Montreal. Lussier's music is accessible and colourful, often marked by playfulness and sentiment. It shows the influence of French composers of the 20th century such as Milhaud, Francaix and Poulenc, and of Latin American composers like Piazzolla and Villa-Lobos. Most important, though, is the general "folkloric" feel of the music. There is something timeless about the often simple melodies from which Lussier builds these well-constructed pieces. This music is crafted for use in the manner of the sociable Baroque musician rather than the Romantic artist writing for posterity in his lonely attic. Lussier knows these instruments well - flute, clarinet, oboe d'amour, horn, and saxophone, as well as bassoon. The performers (from Pentaedre, as well as guest artists) play with character, charm and virtuosity. He also writes interesting music for the pianist to play. These are not always merely accompaniments, and Louise Lessard plays her parts with musicality, wit and grace.
The final work on the CD is a major chamber work for wind quintet and contrabassoon. The Sextuor, Op. 19, is evocative music, courtly, grave, fantastical and wistful. This piece deserves to be taken up by wind ensembles around the world.more....
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