This is the exciting debut recording on Centrediscs of Québec composer Ana Sokolovic. Speaking of Sokolovic’s music, conductor Véronique Lacoix says, « From the beginning, Ana amazed both our musicians and audience with the efficiency of her many-coloured and extremely evocative writing. Inspired from her native Balkan States, her imaginative style aptly integrates many of these elements: inflexions of the spoken language, particular dance rhythms and a kind of melodic emphasis that you find only in a culture where a long tradition of singing exists in everyday life. »

« There is something quite extraordinary about Sokolovic’s capacity to present a vast breadth of musical expression within subtle but well-delineated boundaries. With such an infinitely-varied and hugely evocative palette of colours, rhythms, tempos, moods and effects, a lesser composer might easily lose focus and therefore their listener; but not Sokolovic. Her music is remarkable, connective and immensely creative. Its performance on this CD, by the ECM, is fabulous and exemplary in every way. »
– Alison Melville, Wholenote

« Those of you who have taken little or no account of the Quebec music scene have a lot to catch up on, and this is a good point to start. »

– Peter Grahame Woolf, Musical Pointers, UK

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This recording is a joint project of Centrediscs and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

1. Ciaccona

2-5. Jeu des portraits

6. Cinq locomotives et quelques animaux

7-9. Géométrie sentimentale


Ensemble contemporain de Montréal
Véronique Lacroix, conductor / chef d’orchestre