CD Review | Souvenirs d’Auguste Descarries (Leaf music, 2022)

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Souvenirs d’Auguste Descarries
Isabelle David, piano
Leaf Music, 2022

Souvenirs d’Auguste Descarries, just released on the Leaf Music imprint, is the result of pianist Isabelle David’s five-year research project on a French-Canadian composer whose music she performs for the first time on record. Largely forgotten since his death in 1958 at age 62, Descarries wrote a substantial and quite sophisticated body of work for solo piano with clear overtones of Russian neo-romanticism.

Right from the start of this 14-track side, it is clear that David is in her element, drawing on her virtuosity to deliver a sensitive performance that constantly molds itself to the music’s contours. Of the highlights, the sterling piano arrangement of the Rhapsodie canadienne (1927-33) captures the intensity of the original, a full-blown concerto with orchestral accompaniment. Kudos to the pianist for producing a first-rate album that delivers the goods. May her efforts allow this vastly underrated Québécois composer to gain rightful recognition for a work that has languished in obscurity far too long.

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Arnaud G. Veydarier est actuellement étudiant en musicologie à l’Université de Montréal et nourrit un intérêt prononcé pour le jazz, la musique contemporaine et les liens entre musique et développement urbain. Il est pigiste pour La Scena Musicale depuis septembre 2017.

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