I am in love with Joane Hétu’s music, and I have been for a long time. And out of all her projects, her winter trilogy is the most enjoyable, accessible and moving. I recently saw her latest stage production La Femme territoire, which probably signals a new step in her artistic evolution. So it feels a bit strange to back down two years for Récits de neige, the just-out last installment in said trilogy. Once again, the work takes us from December through March in four movements culling winter poems and anecdotes said by the musicians (Hétu, Jean Derome, Diane Labrosse, Pierre Tanguay, Scott Thomson, and Alexandre St-Onge). Four movements picturing the serenity of the first snowfalls, the anguish of the dead of winter, and the frenzy brought by the approach spring. This project highlights Hétu’s melodicism, and memorable tunes abound on Récits de neige. This record could be the best in the trilogy (although I just love Musique d’hiver). The fan in me is thrilled.