Notes & Reviews:
Composer Gordon Fitzell has a unique ability to render improvised performance into a precisely notated score. In 2000, the composer began what would become a dynamic and longstanding collaboration with conductor Véronique Lacroix and the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM ); three of the works presented on this disc were commissioned and premiered by the group. The multi-award winning Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM ), founded 1987, produces multidisciplinary concerts at the forefront of innovation while showcasing Canadian musical creation throughout the country.
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Gordon Fitzell's music develops slowly, leaving plenty of space for its sounds to work. He is unafraid of silence, allowing many gaps between short, breath-length sections of works like the title piece, Magister Ludi. The ensembles here are small chamber orchestras that take advantage of extended techniques. The emphasis of his style is instead on gesture and timbre. The pace of his work makes it very engaging, allowing time to hear each sound as it emerges. I look forward to hearing more by Fitzell.