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Dolf Mulder, Vital, no 192, 27 septembre 1999

Considering the output of Duchesne we see a small but varied oeuvre. His career started in the end of the 70s with Conventum, belonging to the first generation of musicians of the Ambiances Magnétiques family. Another guitarist of Conventum, René Lussier became a real globetrotter after the label (and the artists!) became more known outside of Canada. Lussier is for example member of the illustrious Fred Frith Guitar Quartet. In the mid 80s both Lussier and Duchesne were member of another guitar quartet, namely Les 4 Guitaristes de l’Apocalypso-Bar. For Duchesne this remained — as far as I have an overview on his career — his only real international cooperation. Duchesne always concentrated most of his activities in Canada. He composed for big ensemble (L’ou l) and for Locomotive, a group operating within the rock format. In 1984 he released his first solo-album Le temps des bombes. Duchesne, playing guitar and singing political texts, is assisted here by several musicians. Now, 15 years later Duchesne makes a statement of a completely different nature. On Réflexions Duchesne plays classical guitar and that’s just it. No guests musicians, no singing. This must be a release made out of love for the instrument. In 14 tracks Duchesne lets the guitar speak to us. The title Réflexions expresses very well the atmosphere of the music, created by the compotions and the sound of the guitar. It brings you in a pensive mood. Romantic, but never in a superficial, easy listening way. Let this one speak for it’s self!

This must be a release made out of love for the instrument.

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