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Terry Riley: In C [2000]
     

Terry Riley: In C [2000]

by Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) Ensemble
 
In 1970, the Montreal avant-garde ensemble L'Infonie recorded one of the most original versions of Terry Riley's "In C" (released as the LP Vol. 33: Mantra). The two leaders of the long-disbanded group, poet/singer Raôul Duguay and composer/conductor of the Ensemble de la Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec

Overview

In 1970, the Montreal avant-garde ensemble L'Infonie recorded one of the most original versions of Terry Riley's "In C" (released as the LP Vol. 33: Mantra). The two leaders of the long-disbanded group, poet/singer Raôul Duguay and composer/conductor of the Ensemble de la Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec Walter Boudreau, teamed up 27 years later to record another version. Both are very different though. The 1970 L'Infonie recording was propelled by a rhythm section of drums, electric bass, and electric guitar (a bold move from Boudreau at the time), which resulted in a groovy rendition far from those recorded by more conventional orchestras. The 1997 (released in 2000) SMCQ version takes the rhythm section out, adds a choir (the 12-member Ensemble Vocal de Montréal), a solo voice part (Duguay), a psychedelic Indian-like introduction (with tablas, sitar, and meditative singing) that delays the familiar eight-note pulsation for five minutes, and lyrics to the 53 motifs of the piece. The piece is more grandiose but also sounds less immediate. Part of the essence of "In C" is the feeling of osmosis one gets from each musician's decision to either repeat the same motif or move to the next. But here, the music sounds a bit too staged, too prepared; it remains a good performance though. The program is completed by a Donald Steven piece recorded in 1988 and excerpts from a 1985 recording of Michel-Georges Brégent's "Atlantide" (available in a more powerful and complete studio version on Atlantide).

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
Label:
Atma Classique
UPC:
0722056225120
catalogNumber:
22251
Rank:
148134

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Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) Ensemble   Primary Artist,Ensemble,Musician
Rene Bernard   Bassoon
Lise Bouchard   Trumpet
L. Frenette   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Julien Grégoire   Percussion
Andre Moisan   Clarinet
Olga Razenhofer   Violin
Alain Cazade   Tuba
Francine Lupien   Viola
Guy Thouin   Tabla
Evan Green   Sitar
Alain Kourie   Percussion
Jacques Beaudoin   Double Bass
Sylvie Lambert   Cello
Nathalie Albert   Soprano
Jean-Sebastien Allaire   Tenor Saxophone
Martin Auclair   Bass
Louise-Andrée Baril   Harp
Lise Beauchamp   English Horn,Oboe
Geneviève Beaudry   Violin
Bene Bernard   Bassoon
Walter Boudreau   Conductor
Alain Cazes   Tuba
Lise Daoust   Flute
Philippe Daviet   Tenor Saxophone
Albert Devito   Trombone
Ensemble Vocal De Montreal   Vocals
Michele Gagon   French Horn
Sylvie Gauthier   Alto
Robin Hornstein   Soprano
Manon Lafrance   Trumpet
Olivier Laquerre   Bass
Isabelle Ouellet   Alto
David Packer   Tenor Saxophone
Yves Seguin   Bass
Jocelyn Veilleux   French Horn
Rene Voyer   Alto

Technical Credits

Terry Riley   Liner Notes
Laurne Major   Producer
Alain Chenier   Engineer
Yves Lepage   Engineer
André Riopel   Engineer
Walter Boudreau   Liner Notes
Monique Grenier   Producer
Richard Lavallee   Producer
Roger Pellerin   Drawing
Stephane Richer   Artistic Director
Laurent Major   Producer

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