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Blanc - works by Brubeck, Dompierre, Golijov, Hisaishi, Morricone, Munsey, O'Connor, Phillips et al. / Angele Dubeau, violin

Audio Samples

>Schyman, Garry : Bioshock
>     The Ocean on His Shoulders / Pairbond
>Golijov, Osvaldo : The Man Who Cried
>     Close Your Eyes
>Munsey, Adrian : The Distance Between, for orchestra
>Mozetich, Marjan : Postcards From The Sky, for string orchestra
>Hisaishi, Jo : Kikujiro
>     The Rain
>Traditional : Morning Has Broken
>Dompierre, Francois : Mario
>Morricone, Ennio : I Promessi Sposi, television mini series score
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Appalachia Waltz, version for string orchestra (or other arrangements)
>Brubeck, Dave : Fujiyama
>Brubeck, Dave : The Desert And The Parched Land
>Sakamoto, Ryuichi : Bibo no Aozora, for orchestra
>Sakamoto, Ryuichi : Tony Takitani
>     Solitude
>Phillips, Shawn : Woman
>     She Was Waiting for Her Mother at the Station in Torino and You Know I Love You Baby but

Album Summary

>Schyman, Garry : Bioshock
>Golijov, Osvaldo : The Man Who Cried
>Munsey, Adrian : The Distance Between, for orchestra
>Mozetich, Marjan : Postcards From The Sky, for string orchestra
>Hisaishi, Jo : Kikujiro
>Traditional : Morning Has Broken
>Dompierre, Francois : Mario
>Morricone, Ennio : I Promessi Sposi, television mini series score
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Appalachia Waltz, version for string orchestra (or other arrangements)
>Brubeck, Dave : Fujiyama
>Brubeck, Dave : The Desert And The Parched Land
>Sakamoto, Ryuichi : Bibo no Aozora, for orchestra
>Sakamoto, Ryuichi : Tony Takitani
>Phillips, Shawn : Woman
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Blanc like purity and serenity. Blanc for luminous music that can bring interior peace through its strength and powerful evocation. Fully charged emotions that reflect the strange solitude found in illness. After months of battle against cancer, music has been my focal point; it has brought me comfort, tranquility and sometimes, an essential escape. This music is of Brubeck, Dompierre, Golijov, Hisaishi, Morricone, Mozetich, Munsey, O'Connor, Phillips, Sakamoto, Schyman and Stevens. Music without artifice, real and filled with hope. This album tells my story, the story of a woman like many others who had to fight against illness and, serenely, came out of it stronger.

An artist of rare versatility considered one of the most prominent violin virtuosos in Canada, for 35 years Angele Dubeau has led a dazzling career in the great concert halls of the world. Her virtuosity and musicality have garnered several prizes over the years, and she is one of the rare classical violinists in the world to have been awarded 3 gold records. She has already sold over 500,000 albums in her career. Angele Dubeau is a Member of the Order of Canada since July 1996 and has been elevated to the rank of Officer in 2012.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Multimedia Room, Schulich School of Music, McGill Unive (11/2013).

This release by Quebec violinist Angèle Dubeau is dedicated specifically to Dubeau's fellow survivors of serious illness, in her case cancer, expressing the aim of "luminous music that can bring interior peace through its strength and powerful evocation." As such it might seem to differ little from any number of other crossover releases filled with mellow tunes. But Dubeau's album has reached the Canadian Top Ten, indicating that plenty of healthy buyers have found it. What sets it apart from the competition is first the variety of the music that gets fit into the basic middle-of-the-road template, and second the rich string arrangements that surround Dubeau's violin and its piercing yet sweet tone. Her version of Cat Stevens' "Morning Has Broken" sounds like one of the lush Japanese string orchestra Beatles arrangements from the 1960s. But even better is the mixture of tunes that Dubeau and her all-female ensemble La Pietà adapt for their purposes: the music is a good deal more heterogeneous than it may seem. Try to find another album on which Stevens coexists with Osvaldo Golijov, Ennio Morricone, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and even the iconoclastic American-South African rocker Shawn Phillips. Ultimately your reaction to this album will depend on how you feel about an entire program of uniformly moderate-tempo and tonally plain melodies, but anyone may find Dubeau's release more effective than expected. Studio sound from a multimedia center at McGill University in Montreal is a major plus. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Schyman, Garry : Bioshock :: The Ocean on His Shoulders / Pairbond
  • Performer: Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
  • Conductor: Angèle Dubeau
  • Ensemble: La Pietà (Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Golijov, Osvaldo : The Man Who Cried :: Close Your Eyes
  • Performer: Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
  • Conductor: Angèle Dubeau
  • Ensemble: La Pietà (Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Munsey, Adrian : The Distance Between, for orchestra
  • Performer: Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
  • Conductor: Angèle Dubeau
  • Ensemble: La Pietà (Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mozetich, Marjan : Postcards From The Sky, for string orchestra
  • Performer: Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
  • Conductor: Angèle Dubeau
  • Ensemble: La Pietà (Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hisaishi, Jo : Kikujiro :: The Rain
  • Performer: Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
  • Conductor: Angèle Dubeau
  • Ensemble: La Pietà (Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Traditional : Morning Has Broken
  • Performer: Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
  • Conductor: Angèle Dubeau
  • Ensemble: La Pietà (Orchestra)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Cat Stevens (1948 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>François Dompierre (1943 - ) : Mario
  • Performer: Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
  • Conductor: Angèle Dubeau
  • Ensemble: La Pietà (Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1984

>Morricone, Ennio : I Promessi Sposi, television mini series score
  • Performer: Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
  • Conductor: Angèle Dubeau
  • Ensemble: La Pietà (Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1989

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Appalachia Waltz, version for string orchestra (or other arrangements)
  • Performer: Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
  • Conductor: Angèle Dubeau
  • Ensemble: La Pietà (Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brubeck, Dave : Fujiyama
  • Performer: Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
  • Conductor: Angèle Dubeau
  • Ensemble: La Pietà (Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Brubeck, Dave : The Desert And The Parched Land
  • Performer: Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
  • Conductor: Angèle Dubeau
  • Ensemble: La Pietà (Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Sakamoto, Ryuichi : Bibo no Aozora, for orchestra
  • Performer: Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
  • Conductor: Angèle Dubeau
  • Ensemble: La Pietà (Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sakamoto, Ryuichi : Tony Takitani :: Solitude
  • Performer: Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
  • Conductor: Angèle Dubeau
  • Ensemble: La Pietà (Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2004

>Phillips, Shawn : Woman :: She Was Waiting for Her Mother at the Station in Torino and You Know I Love You Baby but
  • Performer: Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
  • Conductor: Angèle Dubeau
  • Ensemble: La Pietà (Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary