Listening Diary

François Couture, Monsieur Délire, December 14, 2009

A strong record, demanding but captivating. Montréal bass clarinetist Lori Freedman offers here a CD of contemporary music. And through this set of works composed for bass clarinet (by Michel Galante, Pascal Dusapin, Giacinto Scelsi, Franco Donatoni, Georges Aperghis, Monique Jean, and herself), she slips in three improvisations where she develops ideas (as fleeting as they may be) sourced within those works. It ties the album together while making the bounderies between composition/improvisation and composer/performer hazier. The Jean piece (the only mixed electroacoustic piece) is worth a special mention, along with the Scelsi (for the bright performance).

A strong record, demanding but captivating.