Rehearing this jewel of many colours after all these years was a treat, particularly since Nézet-Séguin and the musicians under him rendered a refined and persuasive account of it.
…given its American premiere was Linda Bouchard’s refreshing “Liquid States.” Here, the Canadian composer created a wonderfully mellow metallic jingle jangle from having players attack the inside of a piano with mallets and brushes.
The lithe, playful interaction of sounds, rhythms, and timbres lends this attractive work an airy, dance-like vitality and a refreshing gestural spontaneity.
Bouchard insists on the abstraction of her work, it also sounds very natural. Her inspiration flows from the instruments themselves. What she expresses has its source in the means of expression.
…kept the emotional temperature high… not a demonstrative solo but a central protagonist in this effective colour-laden play with orchestra… a powerful experience experience with a particularly stunning close.
…Yes, this truly was an extraordinary event. Curiously, you might say, that with all that we enjoyed in this event, the idea is profoundly romantic, even Wagnerian.
Immediately striking. Full of musical ideas, an especially refined sense of orchestration and a glimpse into something truly wonderful.
Nothing in the earlier music I’d heard by local conductor Linda Bouchard prepared me for the effective theatricalism of her Black Burned wood… fragmented rhythmes and uncanny use of percussion conjured up the frightened dream of an adolescent.
…her music is passionate and biting with a good feel for timbre.
…rich in structure, subtlety and sonority…
Bouchard’s ‘Tokpela’ was a tour-de-force that called to mind a latter-day answer to Varèse’s ‘Ionisation’…
…a precise ear for orchestration.
… one of Canada’s brightest ‘New Music’ talents… She has quickly established the ground work for a prestigious career.
Icy Cruise…made a striking coloristic impact
… A chimerical tapestry of rarified sounds… Miss Bouchard does have an undeniable gift for creating eloquent sonorities…
…emotion and energy in this music and an explicit metaphoric significance..
Among the standouts were “Propos”…which subtly exploits, space and sonority…