Dominique Lemaitre: A l’oreille du ciel (Solos and Duets for Various Instruments)

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  • Artist(s): Alain Celo, Alice Cissokho, Alice Poncet, Anne Raffard, Étienne De Nys, Elise Léonard, Jérôme Schmitt, Maria Vasquez, Vincent Roth
  • Composer(s): Dominique Lemaître
  • EAN Code: 7.46160914534
  • Edition: Da Vinci Classics
  • Format: 1 Cd
  • Genre: Chamber
  • Instrumentation: Bass Clarinet, Harp, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Vibraphone, Viola
  • Period: Contemporary
  • Publication year: 2022
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From his Arts, musicology, electroacoustics and musical creation studies, Dominique Lemaître has succeeded in achieving a synthesis and has composed for a large variety of ensembles: his instrumental solos, his string quartets, his pieces for ensembles or orchestras, his collaborations with fine arts artists and poets all attest to the variety of his work. As early as his first works in which one can still feel the influence of his admiration for Bach, Debussy, Varèse, Ligeti, Scelsi, Feldman, Ohana and Henri Dutilleux from whom he received the encouragements, he has managed to create a sound world which is reflective of him: a stellar and transparent music, a metaphor-music of forces sometimes telluric or diaphanous. To the sweetness of the subtle intemporal holding of magnificently elaborated tones, this music combines an internal violence, both contained and poignant. His subtle and demanding compositions are completely assumed and lead the performer to fertile lands of expression.
His works are played in about thirty countries (among which Germany, China, The USA, GB, Italy, Japan, Russia and South America) and are performed by numerous talented soloists (like Armand Angster, Ancuza Aprodu, Dan Barrett, Jacques Bernaert, Alain Celo, Isabelle Chomet, Vladimir Dubois, Anne Gastinel, Jean Geoffroy, Marion Gomar, Gary Hoffman, Bernard Heulin, Kaoli Isshiki, Marie Kobayashi, Françoise Kubler, Ana-Maria Labin, François Le Roux, Karine Lethiec, Saskia Lethiec, Thierry Miroglio, François Moreau, Kiyoko Okada, Noëmi Schindler, Jérôme Schmitt, Isabel Soccoja, Brigitte Trannoy-Petitgirard, Vincent Roth, Sylvia Vadimova-Marini, François Veilhan, Linda Wetherill …) and a variety of ensembles : Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, Rouen/Normandie Orchestra, Picardie and Auvergne Orchestras, Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, Colonne and Les Siècles Orchestras, Bulgarian National Radio Symphonic Orchestra, the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, the Octuor de Violoncelles, the Oberlin Percussion Group, the Doelen Ensemble, the Rouen Chœur de Chambre, the Ensemble Vocal XX.21, Margand, Onyx and Stanislas string quartets, the Atelier Musical de Touraine, the trio Dumesnil-Sirois, the duo Chomet-Cazé, Accroche Note, Bach and Forth, 2E2M, Campsis, Stravinsky, Artedie, Calliopée, Mémoires sonores, Slowind, Sonata Concert, Surplus, Yin, EEMC, Akantha, the Solistes de Monte Carlo ensembles … conducted by Philippe Bender, Nicolas Brochot, Edmon Colomer, Laurent Cuniot, Marco Guidarini, Daniel Kawka, Paul Méfano, Jean-Pierre Pinet, Jérôme Polack, Pascal Rophé, François-Xavier Roth, Oswald Sallaberger, Boris Spassov, David Stern, Arie Van Beek…
The ministry of culture, Radio France, the European Union, the Rouen Opera, the Picardie Orchestra, the Auvergne Orchestra, Automne en Normandie, Fonds d’Action Sacem, Fonds de Mécénat Olvéa, Beauvais and Fécamp towns, Normandie Impressionniste, Musique Nouvelle en Liberté-Ville de Paris, Terres de paroles and various festivals and ensembles have commissioned works to Dominique Lemaître. We can recognise in his works his fondness for concertante music written for the horn (Hypérion), the cello (Altius, Horizons réflexes), the violin (Vers l’eau, vers le feu), the viola (Secrète perspective), the percussion (Resonare fibris), the saxophone (Hybris), the guitar (Khronos, hommage à Stephen Hawking)… the cello octet and orchestra (Huit à l’infini), as well as voices (Babilim, Orante, La Ghirlandata, Circé, Les ailes de l’augure, Mantras, La chevelure de Bérénice, Trois chants de l’évidence …) without forgetting the monodrame Les Moires.

One will also note a recent first performance in Fécamp with Armel Veilhan and the orchestra of the Opera of Rouen Normandie under the direction of Patrick Hahn: the work for reciter and orchestra entitled Le grand silence, commissioned for the commemorations of the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Dominique Lemaître was invited as an artist in residence in 2001-2002 by the National Conservatory of Music of Rouen and Haute Normandie Region and in 2004 by the University of Oberlin (Ohio/USA), in 2010 in Metz by the Ensemble Stravinsky, in 2012 in Tours by the Atelier Musical de Touraine and in 2012-2013 by ESADHaR (Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design du Havre et de Rouen).
After a first monographic CD recorded at the IRACM in 1995, his CD Litanie du soleil got a “coup de cœur” award at the Academy Charles Cros in 2002. A third monographic CD was released in 2005 including four works recorded by Noëmi Schindler, Gary Hoffman, the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, the Octuor de Violoncelles and the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Kawka. The fourth monographic CD Le diapason de satin recorded with the Arsenal of Metz by Isabel Soccoja, Alain Celo and the Ensemble Stravinsky directed by Jean-Pierre Pinet was selected for the Grand Prix Lycéen des Compositeurs 2013. The fifth monographic CD Et le soleil comme désir recorded by the Atelier Musical de Touraine was released in 2013. The CD Pulsars devoted mainly to his music for flute interpreted by François Veilhan and the Ensemble Campsis was released in 2015. The eighth monographic CD String Quartets recorded in Nancy by the Stanislas Quartet and the soprano Kaoli Isshiki was awarded in 2019 by the Rouen Academy of Sciences, Fine Letters and Arts. In 2020 the New Yorker cellist Dan Barrett publishes on New Focus Recordings De l’espace trouver la fin et le milieu, a CD devoted to his solos and duets for/with cello. The CD Laps will be released by Da Vinci Classics in 2021 ; it includes five pieces for ensembles recorded in concerts by the ensembles Accroche Note, Akantha and Mémoires sonores.
Moreover the musicologist Pierre Albert Castanet published in 2005 (Cig’Art edition) L’instant et l’éternité, Entretiens avec Dominique Lemaître and the book entitled 51 partitions de Dominique Lemaître from the poet Alexis Pelletier was published in 2009 by Tarabuste and the book-CD entitled Du silence et de quelques spectres from Alexis Pelletier including the recording of seven compositions of Dominique Lemaître was released in 2014 with the Editions Clarisse. Pierre Albert Castanet’s book A la recherche du temps suspendu, à propos de la musique de Dominique Lemaître au XXIème siècle was released in March 2018 with the Editions Aedam musicae.

Dominique Lemaître’s works are published by Editions Musicales Rubin, Jobert, Lemoine and Universal Music Publishing Classical (Durand-Salabert-Eschig).

Artist(s)

Alain CELO, viola
Born in 1960, Alain Celo eventually turns to music for good after completing his high-school diploma with a major in sciences, and winning a first prize at a national-level school competition in music. He studies the viola at the music school of Boulogne-Billancourt (with Stephane Wiener and Marie-Thérèse Chailley) and then furthers his music education at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris (with Tasso Adamopoulos). He is selected to join the National Orchestra of Metz in 1986 and has worked there since then. Beside the orchestral work he involves himself in chamber music, contemporary music (Ensemble Stravinsky from 2001 to 2017, with whom he had the opportunity to create several pieces of Dominique Lemaître), and also has an activity as a composer. He plays a viola made by Hiroshi Iizuka in 2008.

Alice Cissokho, harp
Originally from Limoges, Alice Cissokho obtained her prize from the CNSM of Lyon in 2003. Holder of the CA, she currently teaches at the Conservatoire du Havre. Her taste for music in all its facets leads her to perform in very eclectic repertoires and formations. She has collaborated with the Opéra National de Lyon, the Orchestre National des Pays de Loire, the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie. In chamber music she plays regularly with Kouchyar Shahroudi (Rouen Opera, MUMA le Havre...). In contemporary music, she created Un jour les pierres, Concerto pour Harpe et orchestre d'harmonie by Alexandre Ouzounoff in 2017 as well as her trio for Harps Perpectives in 2021. Also passionate about world music, she founded with Pape Cissokho the ensemble Khaps and the duo Afrocelte. They have been invited to perform in France, Africa and Japan.

Alice Poncet, piano
Alice Poncet-Ruscher is a pianist, accompanist and harpsichordist. She studied these disciplines at the Music Conservatories of Montpellier, Bourg-la Reine, Cachan, and specialized in teaching at Cefedem Ile-de-France. She takes interest in all kinds of music, from ancient to contemporary, and specializes in vocal repertoire and chamber music. Passionate about teaching and transmission, she is now a piano teacher and an accompanist at Atelier Musical de l'Oise, a music school in northern France, and alongside performs with singers, instrumental soloists, as well as vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Anne Raffard, harp
A graduate of the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de la ville de Saint-Maur-des-Fossés and holder of the Diplôme d'Etat, she is passionate about teaching and is a harp teacher at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Rouen. In parallel to her teaching activity, Anne Raffard is an active musician. She is regularly invited by musical ensembles in the Normandy region and also performs as a soloist in chamber music recitals. In parallel to her activity as a musician and teacher, she is co-founder of the association "Harps en Haute-Normandie".

Étienne De Nys, percussion
Étienne De Nys was born in 1987, he studied percussion in Paris in the class of Michel Gastaud and was awarded a 1st prize with the congratulations of the jury. He won the Gentiane Robin competition in 2005 in Brest. He is member of the Six-Xen Percussion ensemble founded by Keiko Nakamura in 2017n and the timpanist of the Sequentiae ensemble. He regularly plays with the orchestra at pocket concerts. He had the opportunity to work with the composers Hervé Lesvenan, Tôn-Thât-Thiêt, Edith Canat de Chisy, Bruno Mantovani, Pierre-Alain Braye-Weppe … Etienne teaches at the Bobigny Conservatory and at the Atelier musical de l'Oise.

Elise Léonard, organ
Elise Léonard started playing the organ at the age of eight. She will successively follow the teaches of P. Rouet, J.Ph Fetzer, P.Mea, F.H Houbart and Olivier Latry and Michel Bouvard at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris. Very motivated by the idea of teaching the organ, she then follow courses of pedacogical training and obtains her teaching diploma. Currently professor at the conservatory of Le Havre, she performs regulary in concert in France and in Europe both as soloist and in various groups.

Jérôme Schmitt, clarinet
From a very young age Jérôme Schmitt discovered his passion for music and became interested in many varied musical aesthetics. He studied with Jean-Claude Madoni, Michel Arrignon and Jacques Di Donato and went on to receive, at the end of his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de musique et de Danse in Lyon, a degree in advanced musical studies in 2001. A great advocate for artistic creation, he regularly performs works from contemporary composers including B.Mantovani, P.Hurel, D. Lemaître, A.Celo, F.Durieux or indeed masters from the past, I.Stravinsky, L.Bério, C.Lefebvre, F.Donatoni, P.Boulez. Jerôme Schmitt has been the lead bass clarinet with the Orchestre Les Siècles since 2011, a unique orchestra which plays each repertoire on its respective period instruments. To this day he has played on more than 20 different original (or copies of original) clarinets and bass clarinets for prestigious concerts in the most respected international concert halls: Berlin, Amsterdam, Tokyo, London, Paris, Hong Kong. A dedicated pedagogue, he teaches at the Conservatoire in Mulhouse.

Maria Vasquez, percussion
She was born in Venezuela and became part of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra from 2007 until 2013. She performed both as a percussionist and as a pianist in solo and chamber music concerts in major venues in Caracas. She took part in several national and international tours with the orchestra and percussion ensembles, playing in Costa Rica, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden and the UK. She graduated with a Master of Music in piano from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (UK) (2015), and in percussion from Simon Bolivar University (Venezuela) (2017).  Now she teaches classical piano at Conservatoire de Versailles in France and studies jazz piano at Jean Wiener Conservatoire. From the piano, she develops a duo with the flutist Raizner Giraldo, arranging and performing Latin-American music and other styles. As a percussionist, she performs regularly with various orchestras and ensembles.

Vincent Roth, viola
Vincent Roth (born in 1974) began viola study with Sabine Toutain, entering the Paris Conservatory in the class of Pierre-Henri Xuereb, in which he obtained his diploma “premier prix d’alto”. He thereupon enrolled in the class of Vladimir Mendelssohn at the Folkwanghochschule of Essen and obtained his concert diploma “Konzertexamen”. He plays in chamber music and as a soloist with Accroche Note, Stravinsky and Linea ensembles. In the festivals : Musica (Strasbourg), Présences, (Radio France), Ultraschall (Berlin), Musiques sacrées du monde (Fès), Archipel (Genève), Acanthes (Metz)… He made recordings in 2009 with his father Daniel Roth (organ) (IFO classics), in 2012 with Accroche note ensemble, “Voix interdites” by Ahmed Essyad (l’empreinte digitale), in 2014 with Sébastien Beck (piano), “Les altistes engagés” (Hortus) Vincent Roth is Professor of Viola at the “Conservatoire de Metz-Métropole”

Composer(s)

Dominique Lemaître: From his Arts, musicology, electroacoustics and musical creation studies, Dominique Lemaître has succeeded in achieving a synthesis and has composed for a large variety of ensembles: his instrumental solos, his string quartets, his pieces for ensembles or orchestras, his collaborations with fine arts artists and poets all attest to the variety of his work. As early as his first works in which one can still feel the influence of his admiration for Bach, Debussy, Varèse, Ligeti, Scelsi, Feldman, Ohana and Henri Dutilleux from whom he received the encouragements, he has managed to create a sound world which is reflective of him: a stellar and transparent music, a metaphor-music of forces sometimes telluric or diaphanous. To the sweetness of the subtle intemporal holding of magnificently elaborated tones, this music combines an internal violence, both contained and poignant. His subtle and demanding compositions are completely assumed and lead the performer to fertile lands of expression.
His works are played in about thirty countries (among which Germany, China, The USA, GB, Italy, Japan, Russia and South America) and are performed by numerous talented soloists (like Armand Angster, Ancuza Aprodu, Dan Barrett, Jacques Bernaert, Alain Celo, Isabelle Chomet, Vladimir Dubois, Anne Gastinel, Jean Geoffroy, Marion Gomar, Gary Hoffman, Bernard Heulin, Kaoli Isshiki, Marie Kobayashi, Françoise Kubler, Ana-Maria Labin, François Le Roux, Karine Lethiec, Saskia Lethiec, Thierry Miroglio, François Moreau, Kiyoko Okada, Noëmi Schindler, Jérôme Schmitt, Isabel Soccoja, Brigitte Trannoy-Petitgirard, Vincent Roth, Sylvia Vadimova-Marini, François Veilhan, Linda Wetherill …) and a variety of ensembles : Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, Rouen/Normandie Orchestra, Picardie and Auvergne Orchestras, Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, Colonne and Les Siècles Orchestras, Bulgarian National Radio Symphonic Orchestra, the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, the Octuor de Violoncelles, the Oberlin Percussion Group, the Doelen Ensemble, the Rouen Chœur de Chambre, the Ensemble Vocal XX.21, Margand, Onyx and Stanislas string quartets, the Atelier Musical de Touraine, the trio Dumesnil-Sirois, the duo Chomet-Cazé, Accroche Note, Bach and Forth, 2E2M, Campsis, Stravinsky, Artedie, Calliopée, Mémoires sonores, Slowind, Sonata Concert, Surplus, Yin, EEMC, Akantha, the Solistes de Monte Carlo ensembles … conducted by Philippe Bender, Nicolas Brochot, Edmon Colomer, Laurent Cuniot, Marco Guidarini, Daniel Kawka, Paul Méfano, Jean-Pierre Pinet, Jérôme Polack, Pascal Rophé, François-Xavier Roth, Oswald Sallaberger, Boris Spassov, David Stern, Arie Van Beek…
The ministry of culture, Radio France, the European Union, the Rouen Opera, the Picardie Orchestra, the Auvergne Orchestra, Automne en Normandie, Fonds d’Action Sacem, Fonds de Mécénat Olvéa, Beauvais and Fécamp towns, Normandie Impressionniste, Musique Nouvelle en Liberté-Ville de Paris, Terres de paroles and various festivals and ensembles have commissioned works to Dominique Lemaître. We can recognise in his works his fondness for concertante music written for the horn (Hypérion), the cello (Altius, Horizons réflexes), the violin (Vers l’eau, vers le feu), the viola (Secrète perspective), the percussion (Resonare fibris), the saxophone (Hybris), the guitar (Khronos, hommage à Stephen Hawking)… the cello octet and orchestra (Huit à l’infini), as well as voices (Babilim, Orante, La Ghirlandata, Circé, Les ailes de l’augure, Mantras, La chevelure de Bérénice, Trois chants de l’évidence …) without forgetting the monodrame Les Moires.
One will also note a recent first performance in Fécamp with Armel Veilhan and the orchestra of the Opera of Rouen Normandie under the direction of Patrick Hahn: the work for reciter and orchestra entitled Le grand silence, commissioned for the commemorations of the centenary of the end of the First World War. Dominique Lemaître was invited as an artist in residence in 2001-2002 by the National Conservatory of Music of Rouen and Haute Normandie Region and in 2004 by the University of Oberlin (Ohio/USA), in 2010 in Metz by the Ensemble Stravinsky, in 2012 in Tours by the Atelier Musical de Touraine and in 2012-2013 by ESADHaR (Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design du Havre et de Rouen).
After a first monographic CD recorded at the IRACM in 1995, his CD Litanie du soleil got a “coup de cœur” award at the Academy Charles Cros in 2002. A third monographic CD was released in 2005 including four works recorded by Noëmi Schindler, Gary Hoffman, the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, the Octuor de Violoncelles and the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Kawka. The fourth monographic CD Le diapason de satin recorded with the Arsenal of Metz by Isabel Soccoja, Alain Celo and the Ensemble Stravinsky directed by Jean-Pierre Pinet was selected for the Grand Prix Lycéen des Compositeurs 2013. The fifth monographic CD Et le soleil comme désir recorded by the Atelier Musical de Touraine was released in 2013. The CD Pulsars devoted mainly to his music for flute interpreted by François Veilhan and the Ensemble Campsis was released in 2015. The eighth monographic CD String Quartets recorded in Nancy by the Stanislas Quartet and the soprano Kaoli Isshiki was awarded in 2019 by the Rouen Academy of Sciences, Fine Letters and Arts. In 2020 the New Yorker cellist Dan Barrett publishes on New Focus Recordings De l’espace trouver la fin et le milieu, a CD devoted to his solos and duets for/with cello.
Moreover the musicologist Pierre Albert Castanet published in 2005 (Cig’Art edition) L’instant et l’éternité, Entretiens avec Dominique Lemaître and the book entitled 51 partitions de Dominique Lemaître from the poet Alexis Pelletier was published in 2009 by Tarabuste and the book-CD entitled Du silence et de quelques spectres from Alexis Pelletier including the recording of seven compositions of Dominique Lemaître was released in 2014 with the Editions Clarisse. Pierre Albert Castanet’s book A la recherche du temps suspendu, à propos de la musique de Dominique Lemaître au XXIème siècle was released in March 2018 with the Editions Aedam musicae. Dominique Lemaître’s works are published by Editions Musicales Rubin, Jobert, Lemoine and Universal Music Publishing Classical (Durand-Salabert-Eschig).