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Silence On Joue - Take 2
La Pieta/Angele Dubeau (violin)
rec. June 2016, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal
ANALEKTA AN28743-4 [60:36 + 45:31]

Angele Dubeau is a Canadian violinist from Quebec. She has performed in concert halls around the world, and this is her 40th recording. Angele founded La Pieta, an all-female string ensemble, in 1997. This two-disc set is an interesting collection of music taken from film scores and arranged for a string ensemble.

Tubular Bells was composed by Mike Oldfield, and the unusual piece appeared in the 1973 film The Exorcist as a spooky, repeating ostinato built by adding odd instruments, layer upon layer, to a mesmerizing rhythm and melody. Pianist Amelie Fortin begins with a simple repeating piano phrase, and is joined by the other instruments, building tension with each addition. Trevor Jones composed The Kiss, one of nine pieces he wrote for the 1992 film The Last of the Mohicans (Randy Edelman composed the other six songs for the score). The Kiss is arranged and adapted from Dougie Maclean’s tune The Gael, a Celtic classic frequently performed with bagpipes. The ensemble performs it here with Angele’s lively and intoxicating violin solo supported by cellos below and violins above.

Smooth Criminal was composed by Michael Jackson and appears in the short film of the same name, and is also a part of his 1988 feature film Moonwalker. The song was previously recorded on his Bad album, released in 1987. Francois Vallieres provided arrangements for 13 songs in this collection, and he created a remarkable arrangement for strings for Smooth Criminal, resulting in a lucid, energetic, well-played performance with polyphonic melodies and the dancing rhythm shifts that Michael was so well-known for. Misirlou is a delightful folk tune of uncertain Turkish or Egyptian origin, and a favorite of fans of belly dancers and castanets everywhere. Nick Roubanis released a jazz instrumental version in 1941, and Bob Russell, Milton Leeds and Fred Wise added lyrics later. Dick Dale released his famous rock version played on one guitar string in 1962 on the Deltone Records label, and the song appeared in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction. The ensemble performs an amazing version with Angele’s violin soaring to the roof with vibrato and precision over the ensemble’s tight rhythm section.

Sergei Rachmaninov composed Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in the summer of 1934. The popular 18th Variation has appeared in various television and film scores, notably in the 1980 film Somewhere in Time, a romantic fantasy drama scored by John Barry and starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer. The movie was filmed on location at the fabulous Grand Hotel, known for having the world’s longest front porch, located on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Film composer and musician James Newton Howard was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for the film The Village, released in 2004. Gilles Ouellet arranged eight of the songs for this collection, and the ensemble performs a medley of his arrangement of Noah’s Visit, The Gravel Road, and The Vote from that score. The tunes vary a bit in style and harmonic depth, but all three are gentle, drifting, and melodious. Yumeji’s Theme, composed by Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi, appeared in the 2000 film In the Mood for Love, an interesting romantic drama filmed in Hong Kong. Angele plays a haunting solo melody accompanied by the entire ensemble plucking in three-quarter time.
Bruce McCollum

Disc 1
Horner, James
1. Legends of the Fall: The Ludlows 4:00
Silvestri, Alan
2. Forrest Gump: Feather Theme 2:00
Barry, John
3. Out of Africa: I Had a Farm (Main Title Theme) 3:19
Legrand, Michel
Ouellet, Gilles - arranger(s)
4. The Thomas Crown Affair: The Windmills of Your Mind (arr. G. Ouellet for violin and chamber ensemble) 4:34
Jarre, Maurice
5. Ghost: Unchained Melody 3:57
Desplat, Alexandre
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II: Lily's Theme - Harry Winter - Courtyard Apocalypse 6:27
Howard, James Newton
7. The Village: Noah's Visit - The Gravel Road - The Vote 6:34
Einaudi, Ludovico
8. Sotto falso nome: Sotto falso nome 3:55
Dompierre, Francois
9. Mon amie Max: Mon amie Max 4:20
Nyman, Michael
Keenan, Andrew - arranger(s)
10. The Piano: The Promise (arr. A. Keenan for violin and chamber ensemble) 4:10
Tiersen, Yann
11. Amelie: La Valse d'Amélie 2:52
Glass, Philip / Suso, Foday Musa
Ouellet, Gilles - arranger(s)
12. The Screens: The French Lieutenant Dreams (arr. G. Ouellet for violin and chamber ensemble) 2:30
Rachmaninov, Sergey
13. Somewhere in Time - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini 3:03
Williams, John
14. Star Wars, Episode II, "Attack of the Clones": Across the Stars 6:28
Umebayashi, Shigeru
15. Yumeji: Theme 2:27

Disc 2
Oldfield, Mike
1. The Exorcist: Tubular Bells 2:54
Leeds, Milton / Wise, Fred / Roubanis, Nicholas
Vallieres, Francois - arranger(s)
2. Pulp Fiction: Misirlou (arr. F. Vallières for violin and chamber ensemble) 3:47
Badelt, Klaus
Vallieres, Francois - arranger(s)
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: He's a Pirate (arr. F. Vallières for violin and chamber ensemble) 3:34
Djawadi, Ramin
4. Game of Thrones: Main Title 3:47
Jones, Trevor / Edelman, Randy
5. The Last of the Mohicans: The Kiss 2:56
Nyman, Michael
Keenan, Andrew - arranger(s)
6. Six Days, Six Nights: À la Folie (arr. A. Keenan for violin and chamber ensemble) 3:29
Rota, Nino
Lipsky, Helmut - arranger(s)
7. La Dolce Vita: La Dolce Vita de La Pietà (arr. H. Lipsky for violin and chamber ensemble) 6:28
Jackson, Michael
Vallieres, Francois - arranger(s)
8. Moonwalker: Smooth Criminal (arr. F. Vallières for violin and chamber ensemble) 3:01
Berryman, Guy / Buckland, Jonathan / Champion, Will / Eno, Brian / Martin, Chris
Lemay, Claude - arranger(s)
9. Life of Pi: Peponi (Paradise) (arr. C. Lemay for violin and chamber ensemble) 3:38
Faltermeyer, Harold
10. Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F 2:44
Lunn, John
Wagner, Douglas - arranger(s)
11. Downton Abbey: The Suite (arr. D. Wagner for orchestra) 5:03
Bock, Jerry
12. Fiddler on the Roof: If I Were a Rich Man



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