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Gustav Holst's The Planets for brass quintet and organ expertly performed
Melanie Barney and the Buzz Ensemble. This recording is not to be missed!
Excellent Performance and Sonics!
"René Laflamme's recordings on the Fidelio label have always been favorites of
mine... SSI (Salon Son & Image 2009) was my first chance to hear high-resolution
versions of some Fidelio recordings, played back from René's laptop feeding data
via asynchronous USB to the dCS Scarlatti upsampler set to do nothing other than
translate the USB datastream to AES/EBU at 96kHz to drive the dCS Elgar Plus
D/A. As this has a volume control it was connected directly to a pair of Nagra
VPA tube monoblocks which in turn drove the Verity Sarastro 2 speakers that Fred
Kaplan reviewed for Stereophile in April. Cabling was all-Shunyata. René uses
all-tube microphones and records directly to a Pyramix digital audio
workstation. The sound of a transcription for brass and organ of "Mars" from
Holst's The Planets was to die for on this system, one of my "best of shows." -
John Atkinson, Stereophile
Modifying a work’s instrumentation is a bit like translating a text into another
language: one must first understand the composer’s intention, then find the
appropriate vocabulary. So, to create a version for brass quintet and organ of
Gustav Holst’s suite for large orchestra The Planets, Enrico O. Dastous needed
to engage in an exercise of analysis and reflection.
At the heart of Mr. Dastous’ approach is his respect for the content of the
for its mechanics and for its architectural outline. Generally speaking, the
musical material of
the orchestra’s brass section has been redistributed within the quintet while
that of the string
quartet and of the woodwinds has been attributed to the organ. By doing so, the
arranger has restored the orchestral dialogue among the performers and has thus
avoided creating a concerto for brass. Despite the reduction of the timbral
palette, Mr. Dastous has reproduced the original contrast effects by resorting
to all kinds of instrumental combinations, of which those offered by the organ
stops. Among the brass, the use of mutes has partly allowed them to substitute
for the woodwinds, notably in Mercury. In regard to the particularity of the
orchestral writing and to the use of two women’s choirs in the suite’s last
movement, Neptune, the arranger had to take more melodic liberties to recreate
the original mood.
Central to Buzz musicians’ and organist Mélanie Barney’s interpretation of The
Planets is their own respect for Mr. Dastous’ vision of the work. Buzz, mainly
known for the quality of its multidisciplinary performances and pedagogical
productions, confirms with this third recording—the first to devote itself to a
“repertory” work—the seriousness and the rigour of its approach as well as its
intrinsic musical qualities and its artistic sensitivity.
"One of 2 gems of the year" - Christophe Rodriguez, Journal de Montreal,
****** "A Must" - La Scena
"...Classical CDs, too, fared well. A strikingly rich and dramatic new
recording by René Laflamme, of Enrico O. Dastous' arrangement for brass quintet
and organ of Gustav Holst's The Planets (CD, Fidelio Musique FACD028), sounded
magnificent through the Roksan amp. Exotic and unexpected sonorities - of which
this recording has no shortage - shone through clearly, with convincing color
and rightness: The words organic clarity seemed appropriate..." - From
Review of Roksan Kandy K2 Integrated Amplifier by Art Dudley, Stereophile, May
2010 issue, Pg. 75
"Fidelio's recording, made in a Montreal church, is stupendous, with subterranean bass, a seemingly unlimited dynamic range, huge soundstage, startling clarity, and a realistic recreation of Saint-Viateur d'Outremont's large, vaulted interior." - Mark Lehman, The Absolute Sound, October 2012
The XtractHD process relies mainly on the fact that a computer is not a musical
instrument. By getting rid of most computer processes and external hash, Fidelio
gets one step closer to the real recording session, restoring stereo spread and
spatial positioning, as well as preserving hall characteristics and the timbre
of each instrument. XtractHD CDs will play on any CD player.
1. Virtually Digital Free process from the recording to the final product.
2. Real Stereo image captured by a real stereo microphone technique.
3. PPE (Pure Power Energy) All low signal recording equipment is battery
powered. All electrical current is cleaned by Shunyata, Vibex filters and
Shunyata Anaconda power cables. RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) and other
sound deteriorating culprits are eliminated at the source.
4. Direct Recording Hi-End Encoding system with 24-bit/96kHz DCS A to D
converter, real time bit per bit encoding system, without down sampling. No
artificial harmonics added.
• 24-bit 96 kHz recording
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Melanie Barney, organ
Frederic Gagnon, trumpet, piccolo
Sylvain LaPointe, trumpet, flugelhorn
Marc-Antoine Corbeil, horn
Jason de Carufel, trombone, euphonium
Sylavin Arseneau, bass trombone
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
The Planets - Arrangement for Brass and Organ
1. Mars, The Bringer of War
2. Venus, The Bringer of Peace
3. Mercury, The Winged Messenger
4. Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity
5. Saturn, The Bringer of Old Age
6. Uranus, The Magician
7. Neptune, The Mystic
Total playing time, 55:19
Recorded March 22,23,25 & 26, 2009 at L'Eglise Saint-Viateur D'Outremont,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada.