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31 January 2007
By Gunnar Tibell in Uppsala Nya Tidning (Sweden), January 31, 2007

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“[in Brahms’ Quartet in B Flat Major opus 67] the quartet succeeded remarkably well in bringing out the transparency of sound and to let the melodic material move freely between the four voices… Warm applause will follow the musicians on their eight concerts tour.”

The chamber music society’s contacts with Rikskonserter gives interesting possibilities for unusual performances, as in last Monday when Canadian Quatuor Bozzini perfomed in Alfven-salen. The name of the group is taken from the last names of the musicians in the two lower voices, violist Stephanie and cellist Isabelle. The two violinists are Nadia Francavilla and Clemens Merkels, who took turns playing the first violin part.

Among Canadian composers Claude Vivier holds a prominent place and the quartet had chosen to begin its concert with Pulau Dewata, inspired by native Balinese music. The title translates as “The Island of the Gods”, and it was quite possible to imagine how it could sound on the island, even though the instrumentation would most likely be completely different. Changing rhythms, accents, viola and cello in octaves with violins as birdsong, and finally a traditional signature which the composer, according to the program, wished to present to the people of Bali. We happily accept the offer of such a fine example of Canadian art music.

The next piece, an unfinished string quartet by Franz Schubert, was a huge contrast to the first. It has been touted as a precursor to later masterworks, and shows clear indication of the melodic charm which we recognize from the music of Schubert. Nadia, playing first violin in this work, was maybe unnecessarily discreet in her role.

The ensemble playing continued to be excellent.

Last year the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dmitri Schostakovitch was celebrated all over the musical world. That the year has come and gone does of course not mean that his works won’t be performed any more. The quartet had chosen his 11th string quartet, in f minor — a seven movement work which provided ample opportunities for impressive ensemble playing and exciting sonorities. The composer switches between elegiac moments and rather merry ones, all performed in changing constellations, keeping the listener engaged in the music.

Finally yet another of the masterworks of the quartet repertoire, Johannes BrahmsQuartet in B Flat Major opus 67, written in 1875. Despite the fact that the year had seen much music of newer styles, Brahms stays in an almost classical expression. Here is the romantic side, the melodic as in the second movement’s hymnal character, or the carnival mood of the third movement. In this movement the quartet succeeded remarkably well in bringing out the transparency of sound and to let the melodic material move freely between the four voices. The variations in the final movement included a beautiful section with the two violins playing legato against the lower string pizzicatos, all leading towards a powerful ending. Warm applause will follow the musicians on their eight concerts tour.

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31 January 2007
in Modisti (Spain), January 31, 2007

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[Translation] This CD/DVD pack presents different if intimately related aspects of the work by this orchestra. The interaction between languages -concrete, noise, electronics, music samples- presents, in the level of sound, an approach dominated by a collage aesthetic of clearly differentiated materials, which blends with the realm of image through the referential character of ideas heavily relying on pop, introducing elements of metacompositional ascendancy that encompass both mediums. The flow, punctuated by Debords’ words - heard through pop lyrics/seen as interstitial silent movie titles -, like a conceptual Karaoke (DVD), hints at the premises supporting the whole project.

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Este pack de CD/DVD presenta diversos aspectos, aunque conectados, del trabajo de esta orquesta. La interacción entre lenguajes -concreto, ruidista, electrónico, samples musicales- presenta, a nivel sonoro, una propuesta dominada por una estética colage de materiales bien diferenciados, que se funden con la imagen a través del carácter referencial de ideas de fuerte influencia pop, con elementos de ascendencia metacompositiva que abarcan ambos medios. El flujo puntuado por las palabras de Debord - oídas mediante letras pop/vistas como las cartelas del cine mudo- como un Karaoke conceptual (DVD), apunta a las premisas en las que descansa el proyecto.

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30 January 2007

The L’Hexacorde guitar ensemble will perform at Galerie B-312 on February 15, 2007 during the Jeudis tout ouïe series. The sextet will play works by Erik Satie, Claude Vivier, and Toru Takemitsu, Amongst others… Don’t miss it!

Want to listen to them? Discover the L’Hexacorde’s catalogue on this site and listen to some musical excerpts.

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30 January 2007

Philippe Lauzier, saxophones, Miles Perkin, doublebass, and Thom Gossage, drums, will be at the Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce on February 15, 2007. You can also listen to them on the new CD Today Is a Special Day.

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30 January 2007

Michel F Côté and Martin Tétreault are some of the artists invited at the Mois Multi event in Québec City. Amongst the different shows, you can see them perform in the “Cabaret Audio” series of live sound explorations on February 9 to 24, 2007. You can also listen to their latest work on Lunch in Nishinomiya, and Personne ne sait que je t’aime.

  • Visit the Mois Multi: Les attractions étranges event web site — MM8: Kaffe Matthews, Béchard-Hudon, Jérôme Joy, Jocelyn Robert, Michel F Côté, Martin Tétreault…: February 7 - March 7, 2007, Quebec City, Québec
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26 January 2007

The Treize lunes series continues from January 31 to February 3, 2007 at the Monument-National, in Montréal. Created by Daniel Soulières, Louise Bédard, Jean Derome, Antoine Berthiaume, and Lucie Bazzo, this performance brings together 10 dancers from Danse-Cité and the Ensemble SuperMusique (10 musicians) in a celebration of the new moon.

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