Listening Diary

François Couture, Monsieur Délire, December 1, 2014

The music of electroacoustic composer Roxanne Turcotte is often anecdotical. She starts with real-life situations and tries to either transcend or magnify them. This new CD features eight works composed between 2009 and 2014. These works tell us about an encounter with Horowitz’s piano, the death of a child, and the “Maple Spring” uprising in Quebec. And voices — captured on the fly, narrated, acted, all in French — play a key role in most of these pieces. The opening track De la fenêtre is the best piece here. It is built around a text by Étienne Lalonde read by two well-known Quebecois actors: Pierre Lebeau and Céline Bonnier. Here, Turcotte achieves perfect voice-sound and narrative-ambience relationships. The work evokes Robert Normandeau and Francis Dhomont, while remaining 100% Turcotte’s. Bestiaire is the other highlight of this set; without voice, text or program, this piece goes through a sequences of impressive and meaningful transformations. […]

Here, Turcotte achieves perfect voice-sound and narrative-ambience relationships.