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François Dompierre: Concertango grosso

Son & Image
December 5, 2016

 « Disons-le sans détour, ce CD, c'est du Grand Art... »

To read the full review in French, click HERE

The WholeNote
November 28, 2016

Concertango Grosso is a new CD from the ATMA Classique label featuring the music of the Quebec composer François Dompierre (ACD22739).

The 2015 title track was commissioned by and is dedicated to the pianist Louise Bessette and also features Denis Plante on bandoneon, Kerson Leong on violin,Richard Capolla on bass and the Orchestre de chambre Appassionata under Daniel Myssyk. It’s a highly enjoyable four-movement piece, clearly – and inevitably – influenced by Astor Piazzola, but always more than just simple imitation or pastiche. The bandoneon certainly imparts an air of complete authenticity.

Bessette is also the soloist in the Concerto de Saint-Irénée for piano and string orchestra, a classically structured work that takes its inspiration from popular music of North and South America, including jazz in the opening movement and Latin music in the third.

The terrific Kerson Leong was in fine form in the Concertango Grosso, so it’s no surprise to hear him join Bessette and do some great fiddling in Les Diableries. The five short movements were originally written (for violin and orchestra) as the required violin work in the 1979 Montreal International Music Competition, and the piece is heard here in a new arrangement for violin, piano and string orchestra.

La Morte de Céleste, the final track on the disc, is a rich, romantic and simply lovely short piece for string orchestra.

Terry Robbins - The WholeNote 

Le Devoir
November 4, 2016

Le label québécois Atma propose deux CD susceptibles d’attirer un public au-delà du cercle des amateurs de classique. Le premier (ACD2 2739), signé Appassionata, est consacré à François Dompierre. Il intéressera ceux qui suivent le compositeur québécois, notamment en raison de la présence d’un nouvel arrangement, pour violon (excellent Kerson Leong), piano et cordes des Diableries, et par un Concertango grosso façon Piazzolla.  

Christophe Huss - Le Devoir

Medium Large
October 28, 2016

Frédéric Lambert talks about our new recording Concertango grosso by François Dompierre at the radio show "Medium Large" on ICI Première-Radio-Canada: