The Strad (review) / SZYMANOWSKI & SHOSTAKOVICH, SONATAS FOR VIOLIN & PIANO

Edward Bhesania, The Strad / thestrad.com

Young Montreal-born violinist Frédéric Bednarz and pianist Natsuki Hiratsuka make a strong impression in contrasting the late-Romantic style of early Szymanowski with the dark, sparse territory of late Shostakovich. Comparing the disc’s first and last tracks emphasizes the contrast. Szymanowski’s Allegro moderato has Romantic grandeur, which Bednarz conveys with flair..

In  Shostakovich’s slow, searching passacaglia, Bednarz maintains a sense of gravitas as well as enigma. Together with Hiratsuka, he creates a powerful atmosphere around the often arid soundscape. The second movement is a devil’s dance, here relatively unsneering but still effective, and technically assured.

Bednarz brings a gorgeous tone to Szymanowski’s lyrical slow movement, the high-lying writing drawing sustained sweetness. In this movement and the next, Hiratsuka’s neat handling of the often dense texture is key. The disc’s trayless digipack presentation means that there are scant notes on the works or artists, but the recording itself is clear yet spacious. A highly recommended release from an instinctive musical partnership.

SZYMANOWSKI & SHOSTAKOVICH, SONATAS FOR VIOLIN & PIANO


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 lockstep ensemble playing. The less familiar Op. 9 sonata by Szymanowski makes for a very pleasing pairing, with its late-romantic language evocative of Franck and to some extent, the impressionists – it is a work that simultaneously looks forward and backwards, inviting a certain amount of levity that very effectively balances out the tortured intensity of the Shostakovich. This is a disc worth having. PP

SZYMANOWSKI & SHOSTAKOVICH, SONATAS FOR VIOLIN & PIANO


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 tones of the violins and the chamber music-imbued resonance of the piano. Combined, the strings and keys culminate into a gospel hue reminiscent of Gregorian Chants, music which echoed from outside the walls of Gothic churches during the height of the Middle Ages. Bourget’s offering epitomizes the music of the Medieval Era implementing modern instruments and a contemporary view of the Biblical tale.

Notes move slow and subtly along « Premier Jour » reflecting the mournful mood over Christ’s death. The chord arrangements for the strings are dabbed gently at first then grow more intense and bold as the track progresses producing fluttering ringlets that float with angelic charisma. The composition describes the story of Christ’s death with thoughtful detailing and a consciousness of the grief-stricken scene. The second stage of the miracle « Deuxième Jour » resonates with choral tones scrolling a requiem of narrative strings that relate the part of the tale when Christ’s body transcends from the grave and rises up to heaven. The striking swells made by the strings evoke emotion in the listener as the graceful movements caress the ears. The natural and spontaneous flux of the strings expresses respect for the event. The final track « Troisième Jour » erupts with bright and elegant tones as the notes prance freely producing ambient soundscapes and choir-like atmospherics. The intensity in the sonic ruminations is moving and awakens sensations in the listener.

A profound storyteller, Claude Marc Bourget shows that his sonic vignettes can move audiences. The melodic descriptions shown on Le Mystère des Trois Jours join the keys and strings resounding traditional Gregorian-textured Chants with modern ambient tints and orchestra-tinged soundscapes. Produced by Metis Islands Music, Bourget’s offering demonstrates sensitivity and a reverence for the Biblical tale. Implementing the principles of artistic freedom, Bourget shows that he can craft moving stories through music and evoke emotion in the listener.

CLAUDE MARC BOURGET, LE MYSTÈRE DES TROIS JOURS


MiM-005

CLAUDE MARC BOURGET
LE MYSTÈRE DES 3 JOURS, for piano and 4 virtual violins

1. Premier jour………………..5:22
2. Deuxième jour……………..5:03
3. Troisième jour………………3:26

LE MYSTÈRE DES 3 JOURS REVIEW

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Claude Marc Bourget, piano and programming

Recorded december 2012, Metis Islands Studio Mixing and mastering by Claude Marc Bourget and Metis Islands Studio Produced by Metis Islands Music, May 2014 © Metis Islands Music

METIS ISLANDS MUSIC / Catalog number : MIM-005


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

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

Frédéric Bednarz, violin

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


MiM-004

SZYMANOWSKI / SHOSTAKOVICH
SONATAS FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO

Frédéric Bednarz, violin
Natsuki Hiratsuka, piano

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Karol Szymanowski Sonata for violin and piano op.9

1. Allegro moderato
2. Andantino tranquillo e dolce
3. Finale : Allegro molto, quasi presto

Dmitri Shostakovich Sonata for violin and piano op.134

1. Andante
2. Allegretto
3. Largo

53:58

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Pdf Booklet : Web or print.

METIS ISLANDS MUSIC / Catalog number : MIM-004

Recorded April 5, 2012 (Szymanowski) and December 13, 2013 (Shostakovich) Music Multimedia Room (MMR), McGill University, Montreal, Sound engineer and mixing Brett Leonard Mastering Carl Talbot, Musicom Productions Design Claude Marc Bourget Produced by Frederic Bednarz

March 2014 © Metis Islands Music


MIM-003

Now available in album. See MIM-004 / Maintenant disponible en album. Voir MIM-004.

KAROL SZYMANOWSKI
SONATA OP.9 for violin and piano

Frédéric Bednarz, violin
Natsuki Hiratsuka, piano

Pdf Booklet : Web or print.
English release.
Communiqué français.
Pub.

1. Allegro moderato
2. Andantino tranquillo e dolce
3. Finale : Allegro molto, quasi presto

Review / KAROL SZYMANOWSKI, SONATA OP.9 for violin and piano

METIS ISLANDS MUSIC / Catalog number : MIM-003

Recorded April 2012,Music Multimedia Room (MMR),
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Sound engineer and mixing : Brett Leonard
Mastering: Carl Talbot, Musicom Productions
Produced by Frederic Bednarz and Nadine Bednarz

Recto: Lovers (detail), by Natsuki Hiratsuka / 2012 Acrylic on canvas, 24 “ x 30 “.

カロル シマノフスキ
ヴァイオリンとピアノのためのソナタ op.9
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andantino tranquillo e dolce
3. Finale : Allegro molto, quasi presto

ヴァイオリン:フレデリック ベッドナーズ
ピアノ:平塚夏生(ひらつかなつき)

2012年4月、カナダ モントリオール
マギル大学の音楽マルチメディア室 にて録音。
音響技師 ミクサー:ブレット レナード
原盤作製:カール タルボット、 ムジコム プロダクションズ
制作:フレデリック ベッドナーズ、 ナディン ベッドナーズ

© Metis Islands Music
メティスアイランドミュージック



MIM-002

CLAUDE MARC BOURGET
GREENLAND, SONG OF THE ICE, for solo violin

Frédéric Bednarz, violin

Pdf Booklet : Web or print.

1.Song of the Ice / 7’02

By Sheet Music

GREENLAND, SONG OF THE ICE
Pour violon seul (score-partition)

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METIS ISLANDS MUSIC / Catalog number : MIM-002
Music by Claude Marc Bourget.

Recorded August 11, 2011, Notre-Dame-de-la-Compassion Church, Métis-sur-Mer, Québec, Canada. Recording, mixing and mastering by Claude Marc Bourget.


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 and follow scheme which seduces the listener to move along with the established pattern.

Noviaus Tanz is innovative music with a dichotomy of electronic and acoustic sounds molding them into electrifying compositions. The improvised swags and curves add to the pieces majesty and allude to a sonic plane beyond the temporal world. (JazzTimes) .

CLAUDE MARC BOURGET, NOVIAUS TANZ


MIM-001

CLAUDE MARC BOURGET
NOVIAUS TANZ, for violin, cello, virtual violins & virtual double bass

Frédéric Bednarz, violin
Pierre-Alain Bouvrette, cello
Claude Marc Bourget, samples, programming, arrangement

Pdf Booklet : Web or print.

1.Signes (moderato) 2’59
2. Ferments (largo) 4’48
3. Cadences (più allegro) 7’34

NOVIAUS TANZ REVIEW

METIS ISLANDS MUSIC / Catalog number : MIM-001
All music by Claude Marc Bourget.

Recorded February 2011, Studio de l’onde, Montreal.
Engineer : Jacques Laurin, Mixing by Claude Marc Bourget and Carl Talbot.
Mastering by Carl Talbot, Le Lab Mastering, Montreal.