If it was possible to wear out a groove on a CD, this disc would be a prime candidate. I have had my copy of this CD for only a few days now but it is getting constant play. The wonderful complexities of the textures, the masterful structure, and the constant interplay of intriguing sounds all combine to capture my attention. All of the works on the disc are equally compelling and enjoyable.
One work, Bédé, is available on IMED 9004 [now IMED 9604], but is presented in a revised format here. Another work, Spleen, will be familiar to CEC members from its premier on the 1993 Journées Électro-Radio Days project. All five works included on the CD are representative of Robert Normandeau’s creative flow in the nineties. His direction is towards “cinema for the ear” and these works are of Oscar caliber. He gives every sign of becoming one of the most influential composers in this genre.
There are actually two CDs in this package [in the original edition, IMED 9419/20]. One is a stereo version, mixed by recording the sound from speakers, intended for home listening and radio broadcast. The other version is described as a studio mix for concert performance.
Normandeau’s musical sensibilities are such that novice ‘ears’ as well as more ‘seasoned’ ears will find numerous elements to enjoy. As a broadcaster, this is the kind of electroacoustic material I thoroughly enjoy airing and recommending for purchase.
We have come to expect quality from Normandeau but a nod should also go to the folks at empreintes DIGITALes for continuing to provide listeners with access to music such as this.