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Carnival & Concertos / Frederic Demers

Rimsky-korsakov / Bohme / Clarke / Neruda / Demers
Release Date: 01/01/2009 
Label:  Fidelio Musique   Catalog #: 24  
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovOskar BöhmeManuel PonceJean-Baptiste Arban,   ... 
Performer:  Frédéric Demers
Conductor:  François Bernier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pentaedre Woodwind QuintetEnsemble Magnitude6Sherbrooke Wind Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

CARNAVAL & CONCERTOS • Frédéric Demers (tpt, cnt); Ens Magnitude6; Sherbrooke Wind Ens; Pentaèdre • FIDELIO 24 (58:39)

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV-Demers The Jazz Flight of the Bumblebee. BÖHME (arr. Pilote) Cornet and Brass Quartet Concerto in E/f. CLARKE (arr. Babin) Potpourri. NERUDA (arr. Pilote) Cornet and Wind Quintet Concerto in E?. ARBAN/CLARKE/LEVY/BABIN Le carnaval de Venise à Montréal

This CD begins and ends with material that’s a little jazzy, but it’s really a solidly classical program, even if cornetist/trumpeter Frédéric Demers resists playing everything “by the book.” The opening Jazz Flight of the Bumblebee doesn’t really require any jazz work from
Read more the trumpeter, aside from about one measure of syncopation; the departure from classical style is limited to the drum-set contribution of Frédéric LaPointe, of Ensemble Magnitude6. That’s the backup group for Thierry Pilote’s arrangement of Oskar Böhme’s op. 18 Cornet Concerto, here with brass quartet accompaniment. The work is very much a period piece (that is, straddling the year 1900), with its sentimental melodies over an accompaniment that often resorts to oompah, but there are also moments of more intricate writing for the soloist and quartet, as well as the occasional brief solo from within the ensemble. Demers, on cornet, is certainly put through his paces here, and even more so in Louis Babin’s medley of tunes and cadenzas by Herbert L. Clarke. This latter piece involves the Sherbrooke Wind Ensemble, a large and able group led by François Bernier; unfortunately, it’s recorded with almost no natural reverberation, but Demers’s easy flights of fancy distract one from any sonic shortcomings. The Neruda Concerto is a real delight, with its wind quintet arrangement by Thierry Pilote. With winds, the piece sounds less like a Baroque concerto than something by Reicha or Danzi. The playing by the wind quintet Pentaèdre is easygoing, not the fast percolation we tend to get now from Baroque string bands, and Demers is able to exploit his cornet’s lyrical potential. The big finish is a big group project: Jean-Baptiste Arban’s Carnival of Venice, with added and increasingly difficult variations by Herbert L. Clarke and Jules Levy, complete with an extended big-band style flugelhorn finish by Louis Babin. Backed again by the Sherbrooke Wind Ensemble, Demers will try just about anything that fits the music, including blowing harmonics in the variation leading into the main jazz portion, and it all works splendidly. This disc is a lot of good fun.

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Works on This Recording

1. Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Frédéric Demers (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pentaedre Woodwind Quintet,  Ensemble Magnitude6
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Notes: Arranged: Frédéric Demers 
2. Concerto for Trumpet in F minor, Op. 18 by Oskar Böhme
Performer:  Frédéric Demers (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pentaedre Woodwind Quintet,  Ensemble Magnitude6
Period: Romantic 
Notes: Arranged: Thierry Pilote 
3. Estrellita by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Frédéric Demers (Trumpet)
Conductor:  François Bernier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sherbrooke Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Mexico 
4. Variations for Trumpet on "Carnival of Venice" by Jean-Baptiste Arban
Performer:  Frédéric Demers (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pentaedre Woodwind Quintet,  Ensemble Magnitude6,  Sherbrooke Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
5. Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major by Johann Neruda
Performer:  Frédéric Demers (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pentaedre Woodwind Quintet,  Ensemble Magnitude6
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Thierry Pilote 

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