In early June 2020, the Orchestre de la Francophonie will present its most recent recording, completed at the end of the 2019 Academy. Recorded in Oscar Peterson Concert Hall in Montreal, between August 5 and 8, 2019, the album of orchestral pieces by Airat Ichmouratov has made Jean-Philippe Tremblay brim with pride.
And for good reason; the Russian-Canadian composer happens to be a former member of the Orchestre de la Francophonie. Since those days, his works have been performed by a wide range of artists and ensembles in countries around the world. Ichmouratov’s evocative music invariably propels the listener on a journey where stories, landscapes and emotions come together.
This new recording by the Orchestre de la Francophonie of an audacious selection of pieces—always instructive for young professionals—vividly testifies to the talent of the participants of the 2019 season and the passion of its artistic director. These works share a penchant for the liveliness of orchestral colours, a dramatic sense of form and a resolute commitment to tonality as the musical language of our time.
The music on this new recording has clearly been inspired by many sources of origin, and turns out to be an excellent balm for these uncertain times. A journey of 1 hour 13 minutes.