Chorals ornés (2007-08, 09)

Johann Sebastian Bach, Yves Daoust (Anouk Bereau, Jacinthe Dompierre, Gaston Miron, Matthieu Simard, libretto)

organ, and tape

Commission: Orgue et couleurs, Réseaux des arts médiatiques, with support from the CALQ

Rereading of the 14 chorals from the Orgelbüchlein (1708-14) by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Chorals ornés (Ornamented Chorals) was realized in 2007-08 at the composer’s studio in Montréal, and premiered by Régis Rousseau, organ, and Yves Daoust, mixing, during the concert Remix de classiques! presented on October 2, 2008 by Orgue et couleurs, as part of their Festival d’automne at Église Saint-Nom-de-Jésus in Montréal. This work was commissioned by Orgue et couleurs and Réseaux des arts médiatiques, with support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). Texts are taken from the following poems: Matthieu Simard: Je t’écris petit; read by Julie Daoust; Anouk Bereau: Lettre d’amour?; read by Philippe Martin; Gaston Miron: Liminaire, l’Homme rapaillé; read by Vincent Graton and Yves Daoust; Jacinthe Dompierre: Mon bel amour; read by Linda Sorgini, and; Anouk Bereau: Va, mon bien-aimé; read by the author. The 14 chorals are taken from Orgelbüchlein (1708-14) by Johann Sebastian Bach. Chorals ornés was selected as a finalist for the 2009 Prix Prince-Pierre-de-Monaco, in the Music Composition category, and it was awarded an Opus for “Best Premiere Performance” at the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM)’s 13th Opus Awards Ceremony (January 2010).

This surround sound recording of Régis Rousseau’s interpretation was made on December 7, 2009 and March 25, 2011 by Carlos Prieto from Studio L’Esplanade at the Immaculée-Conception church in Montréal (Quebec) — Rudolf von Beckerath organ (1961) — with five DPA 4006 microphones, a set of Millenia HV-3D/8 pre-amplifiers and an Apogee Rosetta R800 digital converter. Final mixing of the instrumental and electroacoustic parts was made by Dominique Bassal, with post-production and mastering completed in Montréal (Quebec) in May-June 2011.

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