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Review

François Couture, AllMusic, August 1, 2001

Musiques naïves, “Naive Music”: a beautiful title for this collection of works by Yves Daoust. It aptly describes the stolen melodies from Chopin and Schubert, the memories, the children voices, the rediscovered natural phenomenons. Water Music originates from the composer’s fascination with the sound of melting icicles. A fantasy around water and the end of winter pleasures unfolds almost magically, taking the listener on a beautiful journey, not exempt of ironic passages (a flushed toilet evacuates winter altogether!) It is the best work on this CD, although Il était une fois… (conte sans paroles) “Once Upon a Time… (Tale Without Words)” also features all of Daoust’s best compositional tricks. Résonances, a study on the bells of the Notre-Dame church in Montréal, remains much colder and uninvolved. The same comments apply to Impromptu, ten minutes of unconvincing computer treatments of Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu in C# Minor, Op. 66. Fantaisie also has a classical motif at its heart, Schubert’s Fantaisie in F Minor, Op. 103. Phrases of it serve as the articulation for this work using excerpts taken from the archives of the national French-Canadian radio. A commission from Radio -Canada to celebrate its 50th anniversary, it is inhabited by a nice nostalgia, but non-Quebecers will hardly be able to relate to it. Less essential than Daoust’s first CD Anecdotes, Musiques naïves documents the work of an established composer.

… documents the work of an established composer.