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John Plant: Vocal Works In Eight Languages

Plant / Fleury
Release Date: 01/12/2010 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1327   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John Plant
Performer:  John PlantJocelyne Fleury
Conductor:  Mélanie Léonard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Prima
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"(Plant) is that rarest of modern composers, someone who writes sympathetically for the voice...Listening to this reveals a major talent that deserves to crop up in international recitals... Sound is airy and well defined.. MSR’s admirable presentation extends to good notes, texts, and translations..."
Rayfield, Fanfare - January / February 2011

"Plant’s music is striking... the writing for solo piano and chamber orchestra, in the accompaniments, is colorful and well crafted. The three longer pieces on the album display a natural sense for theatrical vividness."
Burwasser, Fanfare - January / February 2011

"[This] is beautiful, thoughtful music... Jocelyn
Read more Fleury's diction is clear... [she has a] rich voice... her singing is expressive... Composer Plant is the fine pianist, and Melanie Leonard leads sensitive playing by her Montreal-based Ensemble Prima."
Kilpatrick, American Record Guide - September / October 2010

"[John Plant has] a regard for language that is purely metaphysical and a skill in handling words musically which is uniquely his own... It is an inspiring sampling of music... Everything is sung by Jocelyne Fleury with a sense of wonder and a voice that seems to feel no fear at exploring timbres combined with a relish for words that reach into the poets' hearts. In addition to his deeply sensitive piano playing, Plant contributes evocatively descriptive liner-notes which are so beautifully written they can almost be read as poetry themselves. The recordings have a slightly dusky, penetrating air."
Laurence Vittes, Gramophone - July 2010
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Works on This Recording

1.
La notte bella, for voice & piano by John Plant
Performer:  John Plant (Piano), Jocelyne Fleury (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, Concordia U 
Length: 10 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Romance sonámbulo, for voice & ensemble by John Plant
Performer:  Jocelyne Fleury (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Mélanie Léonard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Prima
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, Concordia U 
Length: 19 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
Babel is a blessing, songs (8) in eight languages for voice & piano by John Plant
Performer:  Jocelyne Fleury (), John Plant (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, Concordia U 
Length: 29 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4.
In the world of zero, for voice & ensemble by John Plant
Performer:  Jocelyne Fleury ()
Conductor:  Mélanie Léonard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Prima
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, Concordia U 
Length: 17 Minutes 51 Secs. 

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