Saturday, 23 May 2015

Trio Fibonacci “Made in Canada”

Friday, May 22 at 19 h 30 at the / Vendredi, 22 Mai à 19 h 30 à la:
Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur  

Full review by Nancy Snipper follows / Commentaire complet par Nancy Snipper suit

Members / Membres 
Julie-Anne Derome : violin / violon
Gabriel Prynn: cello / violoncelliste 
Wonny Song: piano / piano

The Trio Fibonacci’s 16th season (2014-2015) ends with a celebration of today’s Canadian music – four composers each with a unique vision originating from a different region.
La 16e saison (2014-2015) du Trio Fibonacci se termine avec une célébration de la musique Canadienne d’aujourd’hui – quatre compositeurs chacune avec une vision unique provenant d'une région différente.

Program / Programme 

Jeffrey Ryan
 Jeffrey Ryan (Vancouver; born in / né en 1962) – Elemental for / pour trio (2014)
A four-part cycle evoking the basic elements – Earth, Water, Air and Fire – of life.
Un cycle de quatre parties évoquant les éléments de base – terre, eau, air et le feu de la vie.

Uriel Vanchestein

Uriel Vanchestein (Montreal / Montréal; born 1984  / né en 1984) – Trio (2015) - Creation / Création
Centered on a single motif of four notes appearing throughout the piece composed in sonata form – experimental and cerebral.
Centré sur un seul motif de quatre notes qui apparaissent tout au long de la pièce composée en forme sonate - expérimentale et cérébrale.
Intermission / Entracte

David Eagle
David Eagle (Montreal / Montréal; born in / né en 1955) - On the Wake of the Wind for violin, cello and computer / pour violon, violoncelle et ordinateur (2008)
Poetic and musical interpretation of the unpredictable nature of the wind.
Interprétation poétique et musical de la nature imprévisible du vent.

François-Hugues Leclair (Montreal / Montréal; born in / né en 1962) - Hymnen an die Nacht (Hymnes à la Nuit) for / pour trio (2014) - Creation / Création
A slow progression into night as the final moments of the light of day disappears. The most evocative and melodious piece of the evening – final movement had a lulling beauty that evoked the tranquility of night.

François-Hugues Leclair
Une lente progression dans la nuit que les derniers moments de la lumière du jour disparaît. La pièce la plus évocatrice et mélodieuse de la soirée le mouvement final a une beauté berçant qui évoque la tranquillité de la nuit.

Trio Fibonacci Premiers Great Canadian Composers

by Nancy Snipper

It was an evening of unabashed contemporary-style compositions by four daring creators, two of which were commissioned by Trio Fibonacci. This evening’s works fell into two lines of thought regarding contemporary music; it can either be conceptual in image input or completely cerebral in form. The first piece – Elemental was written in 2014 by Jeffrey Ryan. Its four sections – Earth, Water, Air and Fire offered astounding burst of crescendos and dramatic contrasts in use of the instrumental application and expression. To my mind, this fell into the image category. Piano strings were played inside the piano itself; I was hearing and seeing the naissance of the Big Bang, and as it exploded, and then the aftermath -what ensued: the creation of the four vital elements. I loved the rain-drop type lightness of water and its subsequent flow. The music evoked eruptive moments in our planet which from the beginning introduced the sostenuto of the violin and cello on a single note. This piece for me was conceptual in composition, and image visualizations were born via the music we heard.
 The second work by Uriel Vanchestein was commissioned by the Trio and premiered in this concert. Cerebral in approach, the composer told me he had no feeling no sentiment behind the piece. It was really an intricate play of notes in the sonata – rondo form of four basic notes: F, E, D# and C# used in a motif in three parts. The piece was called Création, and compared to the first piece, it was not nearly as interesting for me, despite the grand variety of instrumental application. It would be a marvellous piece put to a ballet of some sort as Stravinsky did in The Rite of Spring.
The third work performed was titled On the wake of the wind for violin, and the composer David Eagle definitely succeeded in conjuring up images of the wind on water and the transformative mutations of turbulence. Inspired by the poem written by Daniel David Moses. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that the computer was subtly used to create an echoing sound at the beginning or the tail end of phrases. It was as if the wind was dying out and new gusts came into the air. The electronic aspect of this work was masterfully planned, and the effect was wonderful.
Finally, my favourite work of three continuous parts was composed by the genius, François-Hugues Leclair. Titled, Hymnen an de Nacht (Hymn at Night), this astounding work – commissioned by Trio Fibonacci – was positively inspirational. I could feel night coming on, and then I was led into its mysterious qualities of its magical darkness. The piece opened with the strings inside the piano being brushed. Here the bows of the artists were set down to create the dying down of light as night begins to ascend. The piano was muted several times so the inside strings when ‘brushed” would create their own tonal lines. It was so ethereal. Ever-so quiet slides up and down the string instruments then came into play as the artists returned to their instruments; good thing violinist, Julie-Anne Derome  had taken off her high-heel shoes to avoid any sound as she returned to her violin.
Nighttime held me in its grip. The ending part of the piece which offered moving harmony in ascension was god-like.
Trio Fibionacci pulled off a remarkable feat playing this highly interesting and challenging program. Their timing and virtuoso attack perfectly conveyed the excitement and ever-changing contrasts that marked each work. This composition fittingly marked the finality to the Trio’s programming season

Trio Fibonacci’s 2015-2016 season will take place on October 13th inside Bourgie Hall, Montreal. The program will feature the music of Robert and Clara Schuman, and that of Johannes Brahms. I can hardly wait!
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