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Monday, 11 June 2012
Jacobins’ concert’s jabbering overpowered music
Reviewed by Nancy Snipper
Don’t get me wrong,
music from the Jacobins’ period (19th century) featuring six
overtures and two war and peace anthems written by Étienne-Nicolas Méheul might
necessitate animation and explanation of the period. Anecdotal stories behind a
piece enhance musical compositions, but after the third piece offered by the
superlative Octet of wind instrumentalists, one wanted to hear Lussier Mathieu
(director of the octet) play his bassoon more with Les Jacobins, the fine wind
ensemble he directs, rather than spend far too much time explaining each piece.
The talking seemed longer than the delightful pieces. Furthermore, because his
explanations were only in French, with a few phrases ending in English –
sometimes - I, along with others felt left out. Music is international; it
crosses all linguistic and cultural differences. The fact the composer is not
well known means word must get spread. Surely the Anglophone members of the
audience (some coming from British
Columbia) deserve more or equal consideration. I am
bilingual, but I began to think I wasn’t until the Francophone lady beside me
also expressed her frustration at not understanding each sentence; Lussier’s
enthusiasm is infectious; it is matched by the speed at which he plays his
beloved bassoon. Let’s hope he celebrates the universality of music rather than
create division (unintentional for sure) next time he honours a composer. The
concert titled 'Musical Canvases' was held on June 8th 2012 at Bourgie Hall in the Montreal Museum of Fine