De mille feux – “To shine with a thousand lights”
Andara Quartet: Marie-Claire Vaillancourt and Jeanne Côté, violins; Vincent Delorme, viola; Dominique Beauséjour-Ostiguy, cello
Leaf Music (2022)
The Andara Quartet’s newest providing, De mille feux, bubbles with the sheer pleasure of harmonious, passionate music-making. Based mostly on the Université de Montréal, its popularity extends internationally to the delight of sold-out audiences. The members—Marie-Claire Vaillancourt (violin), Jeanne Cote (violin), Vincent Delorme (viola) and Dominique Beauséjour-Ostiguy (cello)—have been guided since their formation by the nice cellist Denis Brott (on the Conservatoire de Montréal). Their heat, musicality and centered enjoying imparts a heat, distinctive sound.
The complete gamut of human feelings is mirrored within the 9 songs by composers Samuel Barber, Benjamin Britten, Kelly-Marie Murphy and James Ok. Wright over 90 minutes.
Notable traits of the group’s cohesive fashion are traceable to the person gamers. Depth and delicacy emerge from cello pizzicati within the Andante Sostenuto from Barber’s String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 11, whereas seamless tossing of phrases crosses horizontal and vertical traces within the Allegretto. Elegant cohesion and pathos emerge from viola and violins in Britten’s String Quartet No. 1, Op. 25, and a foreboding glissando marks Kelly-Marie Murphy’s Darkish Vitality.
Tracks 7-10 reproduce Ellen at Scattergood by James Wright, a wonderful modern work which had been premièred by the Andara Quartet. The composer’s acknowledged goal, to create a universally relatable work, is carried out flawlessly.
As government producer, Wright deserves credit score for curating a set marked by variety of types: dance-like rhythms, poignant and contrasting dynamics, lyricism and chromaticism. And the performers’ execution is positively magnificent. The CD will delight for followers of all classical music genres.