CD Review: André Gagnon Baroque (ATMA)

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André Gagnon Baroque (ATMA)

André Gagnon Baroque
Mes Quatre saisons – Les Turluteries
Jean-Willy Kunz, harpsichord
Orchestre symphonique Vallée du Haut-Saint-Laurent, Daniel Constantineau ATMA Classique. 2015. ACD22715. 65 min 17 s

André Gagnon’s Mes quatre saisons (1969) and Les turluteries (1972) are infused with a new breath of life with this new disc on which baroque and popular music blend joyfully.

With a style approaching that of Bach and Vivaldi, Jean-Willy Kunz on harpsichord interprets and transforms the melodies of Léveillée, Vigneault, Leclerc and la Bolduc’s “turlutes”, along with the Orchestre symphonique de la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent directed by Daniel Constantineau. Its unique character comes across clearly, due to choosing the use of period instruments. Jean-Willy Kunz, who is also organist-in-residence at the OSM, confirms once again his amazing talent. A pleasant musical exploration, replete with twinkling flashes, this album appears under the ATMA Classique label.

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