CD Review: Luc Beauséjour. Mozart (Analekta, 2021)

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Luc Beauséjour : Mozart
Luc Beauséjour, fortepiano.
Analekta, 2021

Primarily active on the Montreal scene as a harpsichordist, Luc Beauséjour plays other keyboard instruments as well. In 2016, he issued a set of all baroque pieces performed on a modern grand piano. This time around, he has chosen the fortepiano to interpret a number of well-known Mozart sonatas, among them the equally beloved Fantasy in D minor. All works performed on this album have stood the test of time by virtue of the youtfhul prodigy’s creative genius. Because of that, the repertoire is a winning proposition, enhanced as it is by an instrument heard less frequently nowadays than in Mozart’s time.

Beauséjour renders the music in a very classicist way, eschewing any romantic outpourings. But such an approach is quite in keeping with that instrument whose percussive and drier sound falls somewhere between those of the harpsichord and grand piano. Yet, it would have been nice for the performer to inject a little more variety in the proceedings —for instance in the repetition of motifs found in the Sonata No 11 ”Alla Turca”. On the flipside, his reading of the Sonata No 13 hits the mark with more contrasts in the playing. Given the fortepiano’s tendency to produce more distant sounds that rapidly decay into the ambient space, it would likely have been a better idea to mike it more closely than it was.

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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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