Festivals pays tribute to a series of events that play an important role in Québec culture. The many different festivals, mostly held during the summer, bring a breath of fresh air into the province and offer many enriching opportunities to meet festival-goers from around the world. Each festival is unique, with its own theme and special atmosphere, and this is what Rachel Laurin has attempted to capture in the Suite. The Fireworks Festival, the Jazz Festival, the Comedy Festival (Montréal), as well as the Hot-air Balloon Festival (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu), the Folk Festival (Drummondville) and the Médiévales (Québec) are represented in this opus !
Some other works on this recording inspired by Les Fables, by Jean de La FONTAINE’s (1621-1695) and by poems from Le Bestiaire, by Guillaume APOLLINAIRE (1880-1918).
Rachel Laurin leads a brilliant dual career as organist and composer. A disciple of Raymond Daveluy, it is with this teacher that she received her essential training. Her concert activities have allowed her to perform in major Canadian, American and European cities.