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Infernal Violins / Angèle Dubeau, La Pietà


Release Date: 02/17/2004 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 28723   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsJacques OffenbachGiuseppe TartiniFrançois Dompierre,   ... 
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau
Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Includes bonus DVD!


While perhaps not "essential" in terms of furthering the repertoire or filling critical gaps in the string music catalog, this new release from violin virtuoso Angèle Dubeau and her La Pietà chamber orchestra is just one terrifically entertaining CD, its devil-themed repertoire offering a truly sensational venture into a wild, other-worldly realm of daring, dazzling feats of diabolical music-making. Of course, the devil/violin connection is nothing new, but what's new here--and especially engaging--are the arrangements/orchestrations by La Pietà pianist Louise-André Baril, whose effective use of color, rich textures, and
Read more cleverly shifting solo lines among different instruments and sections perfectly suit the ensemble's high-energy style and brilliant, show-stopping technique while remaining true to the original works. These include a delightfully wicked version of Tartini's famous "Devil's Trill" sonata, a truly scary Saint-Saëns Danse macabre, and--for me the disc's highlight--the last two movements of a rarely-heard Boccherini symphony, the final four minutes of which will keep you riveted to your seat.


Although the disc's star is Dubeau--she's a really fine, articulate, and commanding soloist who injects her playing with fire and romantic flair and consistent attention to quality of tone--her fellow musicians, which consist of 10 excellent Canadian women string players and one pianist, are anything but mere accompanists. Their role is one of continuous interaction and dialogue with Dubeau, often trading solo phrases back and forth, and the music demands a superior level of technical accomplishment from everyone.


Listeners will enjoy the madly whirling dancing in El Amor Brujo, the jumping syncopations in A. Rozankovic's arrangement of the fiddle tune Devil's Reel, and lighter fare such as Ennio Morricone's Once Upon a time in the West and--no kidding--Rozankovic's gritty mix of the Rolling Stones' Paint it Black and Sympathy for the Devil. The sound is close and vibrant and the perspective takes us right into the robustly resonant midst of the orchestra.


A DVD of live concert excerpts and video clips accompanies the generously filled (76-minute) audio CD. It contains mostly material not included on the CD program--but the Danse macabre performance is terrific, giving us a chance not only to see the group's stylish staging and enthusiastic performance but also to appreciate how much fun they're all having! The "special effects" are a bit distracting and sometimes the camera is focused away from the action we want to see--but the combined impact of Dubeau and La Pietà's sound and stage presence is a treat that even the devil himself wouldn't want to miss. And neither should you.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
Venue:  St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada 
Length: 6 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Louise-Andrée Baril.
St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada (06/20/2000 - 06/22/2000) 
2. Orphée aux enfers: Overture by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 
Venue:  St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada 
Length: 9 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Louise-Andrée Baril.
St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada (06/20/2000 - 06/22/2000)
Composition written: Paris, France (1858).
Composition revised: Paris, France (1874). 
3. Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, B g5 "Devil's Trill" by Giuseppe Tartini
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada 
Length: 12 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Louise-Andrée Baril.
St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada (06/20/2000 - 06/22/2000) 
4. Le diable matou by François Dompierre
Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; Canada 
Venue:  St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada (06/20/2000 - 06/22/2000) 
5. El amor brujo: Danza rituel del fuego "Ritual Fire Dance" by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Venue:  St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1914-15/26
St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada (06/20/2000 - 06/22/2000) 
6. Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada 
Length: 8 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Louise-Andrée Baril.
St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada (06/20/2000 - 06/22/2000) 
7. Les Beautés du diable by François Dompierre
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Canada 
Venue:  St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada (06/20/2000 - 06/22/2000) 
8. Devil's Reel by Traditional
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
Venue:  St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Anthony Rozankovic.
St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada (06/20/2000 - 06/22/2000) 
9. Once Upon a Time in America: Cockeye's Song by Ennio Morricone
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; Italy 
Venue:  St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: François Dompierre.
St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada (06/20/2000 - 06/22/2000) 
10. El amor brujo: Pantomime by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Venue:  St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1914-15/26
St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada (06/20/2000 - 06/22/2000) 
11. Paganini Caprices (3), Op. 40: in A minor by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Poland 
Venue:  St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Louise-Andrée Baril.
St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada (06/20/2000 - 06/22/2000) 
12. Symphony in D minor, Op. 12 no 4/G 506 "Nella casa del diavolo": Andante sostenuto by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Spain 
Venue:  St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Louise-Andrée Baril.
St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada (06/20/2000 - 06/22/2000) 
13. Symphony in D minor, Op. 12 no 4/G 506 "Nella casa del diavolo": Allegro molto by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Spain 
Venue:  St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Louise-Andrée Baril.
St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada (06/20/2000 - 06/22/2000) 
14. Paint It Black by Keith Richards
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; England 
Venue:  St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Sympathy for the Devil."
Arranger: Anthony Rozankovic.St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada (06/20/2000 - 06/22/2000) 
15. Sympathy for the Devil by Keith Richards
Performer:  Angèle Dubeau (Violin)
Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; England 
Venue:  St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Paint It Black."
Arranger: Anthony Rozankovic.
St. Augustin Church, Mirabel, Canada (06/20/2000 - 06/22/2000) 

Featured Sound Samples

Danse macabre (Saint-Saëns)
Orphée aux enfers (Offenbach): Overture

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