CD Review: lumena (Self-produced, 2022)

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The Topaz Duo; Kaili Maimets, flute, Angela Schwarzkopf, harp.
Self-produced, 2022

Having met each other for the first time as music undergrads, flutist Kaili Maimets and harpist Angela Schwarzkopf decided soon thereafter to perform as a duo. Yet, it took them more than 12 years of playing together to make their recording debut. By common accord they wanted to present completely new works, of which the Sonata for Flute and Harp op. 56 by Lowell Liebermann and lumena by Riho Esko Maimets (brother of the flutist) are featured alongside another sonata for flute and harp by Marjan Mozetich and a commissioned piece, Little Feng Huang by Kevin Lau. The album opens with its title track, a meditative and sensual piece that wastes little time in pursuing a winding sonic path with many a modern-sounding twist and turn to it. Far from being remote or esoteric, the music invites us on a journey of discovery. The Lau work, for instance, underscores the evocative qualities of each instrument which, in combination, produce a quasi-mystical aura. There is a tensile strength to the music of this album that turns the trick of keeping listeners slightly off balance throughout without ever losing them in the process.

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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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