Catégorie : Review

La Scena Musicale (review) / SZYMANOWSKI & SHOSTAKOVICH, SONATAS FOR VIOLIN & PIANO

La Scena Musicale / www.scena.org

Violinist Frédéric Bednarz has been a ubiquitous presence in Montreal’s chamber music community for many years. Now a member of the Molinari String Quartet, he has also begun of late to turn his attention to the violin and piano duo repertoire, aided and abetted by Natsuki Hiratsuka, a pianist of great skill and sensitivity. Together, they offer up mesmerizing performances of Dmitri Shostakovich’s great violin sonata, and the less well-known, but fascinating and beautiful late-romantic sonata by Karol Szymanowski.

Bednarz has a warm, round, almost sweet sound, but he is not afraid to get his hands dirty. There are moments in the Shostakovich that are absolutely searing, all the more so because of the strength and intensity of Hiratsuka’s pianism, and the duo’s……


Yahoo Contributor (review) / CLAUDE MARC BOURGET, LE MYSTÈRE DES TROIS JOURS

Album Review: Le Mystère Des Trois Jours from Claude Marc Bourget
Christ’s Resurrection Set to Virtual Violins and Piano

Susan Frances, Yahoo Contributor Network
May 25, 2014

Le Mystère des Trois Jours (The Mystery of the Three Days) from Claude Marc Bourget is a 3-track CD that showcases Bourget’s prowess as a masterful pianist and programmer of virtual violins in addition to being an effective narrator. His compositions have an ambient coloring with choral-tinged passages that pervade a Gothic tint. Each composition represents a specific movement, telling the story of Christ’s resurrection through music. “Premier Jour” (First Day) symbolizes Christ’s death. “Deuxième Jour” (Second Day) reflects the transformation process. The last track “Troisième Jour” (Third Day) characterizes Christ’s resurrection. Inspired by the Biblical story, the music shows reverence for the miracle and provides sonic vignettes depicting the three stages of the evolution.

The compositions have a meditative-slant bringing together the orchestral……


Musical Toronto (review) / KAROL SZYMANOWSKI, SONATA OP.9

Album review: Molinari Quartet’s Frédéric Bednarz digs deep in Szymanowski sonata

Montreal-based violinist Frédéric Bednarz, a member of the Molinari Quartet since 2007, has poured his heart, soul and considerable technique into the classical equivalent of an EP, featuring the 1904 Violin Sonata, Op. 9, by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937).

Elegantly accompanied by his wife, Natsuki Hiratsuka, Bednarz’s forceful interpretation of this thematically and harmonically rich music compels attention.

Themes are laid out with great care. Bednarz’s phrasing is impeccable. Best of all, he and Hiratsuka are true partners in dialogue.

Szymanovski’s sonata has the sound and development of something César Franck would have written, yet it’s hardly ever heard. Bednarz is doing his level best to make sure this changes.

(Musical Toronto) / Read the review by John Terauds.

KAROL SZYMANOWSKI, SONATA OP.9


Jazz Times (review) / CLAUDE MARC BOURGET, NOVIAUS TANZ

05/14/12   REVIEW   
JAZZ TIMES, USA, by Susan Frances

NOVIAUS TANZ review

Classical pianist Claude Marc Bourget plays a new role on his latest recording Noviaus Tanz from Metis Islands Production as a programmer and arranger of the virtual violin and virtual double bass. Coupling electronic music with the acoustic ethers of cellist Pierre Alain Bouvrette and violinist Frederic Bednarz, Bourget creates elevating raptures and extemporaneous ripples that focus the mind and stimulate calmness through the soul.

The harmonies are melodically organized and arranged to flow with a natural elegance. Silky textured strings open “Ferments” coiled in winding cello rings. The verses roam with a vivacious spontaneity projecting orchestral arcs spruced by branches of improvisational sprigs. The broad, hushed strokes of “Cadences” alternate between light and heavy pressured notes while the crisp stride of “Signes” is garnished in ballerina-like twirls, lifts and jetes. The instruments transmute a lead……