CD Review : Lost and Found (Sanctuary Concerts)

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Lost and Found

Blackwood
(Jeff Reilly, bass clarinet; Peter-Antony Togni, piano)

Sanctuary Concerts SCCD 006

★★★★

They have been collaborating as musicians for more than 20 years, but this is the first time that pianist Peter-Anthony Togni and clarinetist Jeff Reilly have released a recording under the rubric of their duo Blackwood. With one exception (Miles Davis), there are only original compositions here, written individually or jointly. By the sensual sound of the bass clarinet, it might be taken for a jazz recording, but we do not find the energy and improvisation usually associated with this musical genre. We are far from a tonal language, yet not far enough to say that this is contemporary music. There is nothing really dissonant or unsettling, just an alluring modernity that, strangely, is reminiscent of Impressionism. We can say of this music that it is soaring, enveloping, comforting, that it creates atmospheres that are both mysterious and languid. We imagine ourselves sitting at a table in a café-concert listening to these pieces until the wee hours, preferably in good company. In short, a rather unclassifiable album that we highly recommend if you are the type to let yourself loose.

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Justin Bernard est détenteur d’un doctorat en musique de l’Université de Montréal. Ses recherches portent sur la médiation musicale, notamment par le biais des nouveaux outils numériques, ainsi que sur la relation entre opéra et cinéma. Membre de l’Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM), il a réalisé une série de capsules vidéo éducatives pour l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Justin Bernard est également l’auteur de notes de programme pour le compte de la salle Bourgie du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal et chargé de cours à l’Université de Sherbrooke. Par ailleurs, il anime une émission d’opéra et une chronique musicale à Radio VM (91,3 FM).

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