Composer: Ernest Alder
Orchestra: Trio Hochelaga
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 96kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Label: ATMA Classique
Size: 1.33 GB
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Ernest Alder – L’Opéra Concertant /
Saint-Saëns, Thomas, Auber, Meyerbeer, Massenet (Trio Hochelaga) (2011)
Ernest Alder (1853-1904)
01. Samson et Dalila (after Camille Saint-Saëns) [12:03]
02. Mignon (after Ambroise Thomas) [10:20]
03. La Muette de Portici (after Daniel-François-Esprit Auber) [10:37]
04. Le Pardon de Ploërmel (after Giacomo Meyerbeer) [12:18]
05. Les Huguenots (after Giacomo Meyerbeer) [12:41]
06. Le Cid (after Jules Massenet) [10:46]
07. Werther (after Jules Massenet) [9:20]
Anne Robert – violin
Paul Marleyn – cello
Stéphane Lemelin – piano
With L’Opéra concertant, Trio Hochelaga explores the music of the Swiss composer and conductor Ernest Alder (1853-1904). The recording showcases Alder’s trio arrangements of arias from classic 19th-century French operas, such as Les Huguenots by Meyerbeer; Mignon by Thomas; Werther by Massenet; and Samson et Dalila by Saint-Saëns.
Founded in 2000, Trio Hochelaga has distinguished itself on the Canadian musical scene as one of the country’s most important ensembles. This is the final recording by Trio Hochelaga in its original formation, as Stéphane Lemelin and Paul Marleyn left the trio in the summer of 2012. The new Trio Hochelaga unites three longtime friends; violinist Anne Robert, who founded the ensemble in 2000, pianist Marie Fabi and cellist Carole Sirois. In the summer of 2012, these three acclaimed musicians – close colleagues since their years of musical study and throughout their performing careers – reunited to form the new Trio Hochelaga. They bring to the ensemble a broad range of musical experience and shared artistic ideals. Their performances will captivate audiences by infusing the extensive repertoire for this instrumental combination with renewed energy and inspiration.
The Trio Hochelaga
A fixture on both the Montreal and international musical scenes for twelve years, the Trio Hochelaga has earned a stellar reputation. The ensemble is known for its original programming, deft ensemble work and the poignant intensity of its performances. Its broad repertoire, which ranges from the classical period to today, shows a strong interest in bringing to light little-known and neglected musical treasures.
Named for an early Iroquois settlement on the Island of Montreal, the trio has toured extensively throughout Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy, the United States, Bermuda, Japan, China and Taiwan. Highpoints among their many concerts include their performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Tokyo New City Orchestra at Sumida Triphony Hallin Tokyo, their appearance at Wigmore Hall in London and their debut in Venice at the Palazetto Bru Zane, a venue that promotes French Romantic music.
The Trio’s extensive discography on the Atma-Classique label has won acclaim from the international press for its high level of musicality. “Rigour,” “virtuosity,” “expressiveness,” “infectious enthusiasm” and “remarkable balance and technique” are terms regularly used to describe the Trio Hochelaga’s artistry. Among the ensemble’s notable recordings are the Guillaume Lekeu Trio and Quartet, a three-CD set of Théodore Dubois’s complete chamber music for piano and strings, and the Gabriel Pierné and Gabriel Fauré trios, which earned the Trio Hochelaga a “Choc” prize – the highest accolade from the French magazine Le Monde de la Musique.
Cellist Carole Sirois and pianist Marie Fabi have now joined forces with the Trio Hochelaga’s founder, violinist Anne Robert. Having pursued their individual careers over the years, theses three instrumentalists – whose friendship goes back to their early days as music students – are reuniting out of a desire to share their music in all the passion and poetry of its varied sonorities and idioms. They play together with an intimate sense of artistic unity that is at once profoundly musical and profoundly human. Through their music, these three generous, mature and committed performers seek to convey an ideal of Beauty.
The Trio Hochelaga presents an annual series of concerts at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where it is in residence. The ensemble gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Quebec Conseil des arts et des lettres and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.