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Noël Autour D'une Guitare / Claude Gagnon

Gagnon,Claude
Release Date: 03/01/2005 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 2325  
Composer:  François-Auguste GevaertLee HoldridgeTraditionalPietro Yon,   ... 
Performer:  Carla AntounMarc GagnonSarah Legendre-bilodeauClaude Gagnon,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here's a first-rate chamber-instrumental Christmas program that happily adopts a concept, establishes a mood and style, and stays with it all the way to the end. Guitarist/arranger Claude Gagnon knows his means and his material and he uses both intelligently, artistically, and efficiently, respecting the tunes while giving his players something interesting to play. He derives color and various effects of articulation and texture from various combinations of oboe, two violins, two cellos, and two guitars. Occasionally he creates an alternative melody to expand the reach of a tune, or begins simply and then adds more instruments.


The music ranges from old and not-so-familiar French carols to such favorites as Good King
Read more Wenceslas, Noël nouvelet (in a wonderful, infectious arrangement!), Silent Night, the Catalan carol "El Noi de la Mare", and Pietro Yon's beloved Gesu Bambino. There's even an affecting setting of Mel Tormé's Christmas Song (incorrectly listed here as "Merry Christmas"). The inclusion of a movement from Corelli's Op. 6 No. 8 and another from Vivaldi's Gloria doesn't exactly fit the programming scheme, but I suppose with experienced Baroque-music players like these (including a couple of familiar names from the orchestra Les Violons du Roy), why not?


As for the arrangements, you never could accuse Gagnon of hogging the spotlight: his settings expertly exploit the different members of his ensemble, and in a well-mannered rather than extreme or gimmicky way. In other words, the music is very easy to listen to and flows logically from track to track, unlike many such Christmas compilations where the arranger drags listeners through a jarring stylistic hodgepodge--a curious indulgence that compromises a recording's usefulness as a holiday spirit-enhancer or mood-setter. And if this recording is anything it's an ideal accompaniment to the less frantic activities of the season, projected in an appropriately intimate, somewhat bright acoustic. Warmly recommended!
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le sommeil de l'Enfant Jésus by François-Auguste Gevaert
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Belgium 
2.
O Joyful Children by Lee Holdridge
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Bel astre que j'adore by Traditional
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
4.
El noy de la mare by Traditional
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
5.
Gesu Bambino by Pietro Yon
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
6.
Noëls (3), H 531: no 1, Laissez, paître, vos bêtes by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
7.
La Vierge à la crèche by Albert Périlhou
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
8.
Dans le silence de la nuit by Traditional
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
9.
Noëls for Organ: no 13, Quand le Sauveur Jesus Christ by Jean-François Dandrieu
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1721-23; France 
10.
Le Noël des petits oiseaux by Traditional
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
11.
Child in the Manger by Traditional
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
12.
Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
Written: England 
13.
Nouvelle agréable by Traditional
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
14.
Nouvelle agréable by Henri Gagnon
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Canada 
15.
Come all ye shepherds by Traditional
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
16.
Noël nouvelet by Traditional
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
Written: France 
17.
Trois anges sont venus ce soir by Traditional
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
18.
Noëls for Organ: Où s'en vont ces gais bergers? by Jean-François Dandrieu
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1721-23; France 
19.
The Christmas Song by Mel Torme
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
20.
Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 8 in G minor "Christmas" - Allegro by Arcangelo Corelli
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1712; Rome, Italy 
21.
Gloria in D major, RV 589: Domine Deus by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
22.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Carla Antoun (Cello), Marc Gagnon (Violin), Sarah Legendre-bilodeau (Oboe),
Claude Gagnon (Guitar), Nicole Trotier (Violin), David Jacques (Guitar),
Anne-marie Cassidy (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 

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