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Daniel Coombs
Audiophile Audition, June 2013

This collection of some of Girard’s chamber music is very nice! It speaks clearly and directly to both the performer and listener and is quite enjoyable! Clarinetist Jean-Marc Fessard and pianist Geneviève Girard play quite well together.

The trio, “The Marriage of Orpheus” for clarinet, cello and piano is my favorite work on this disc. What a nice piece! Fessard, Girard and cellist Fabrice Bihan blend seamlessly.

This is a very nice and quite interesting introduction to the music of Anthony Girard. I think almost anyone would enjoy those especially, and want to find out more, as I do. © 2013 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2013

Born in France in 1959, Anthony Girard belongs to that school of composers who put a listener-friendly face on music of our time, his roots in Faure and Debussy. The four works on the present release span his career as a composer, the most extended, Le Cercle de la vie, his recent score dating from 2007. Remove the title and you have 24 Preludes for piano that are short and uncomplicated, their inner meanings given in the composer’s programme notes. They do have something in common with Debussy, and many, the Twelfth being a good example, possess the ability of providing the listener with instant enjoyment, while others have a Messian-like hypnotic quality, Berg making a brief visit in the Sixteenth. In Girard’s younger days he became very interested in oriental music, a fact that influences the sounds of the clarinet as it weaves its way around the piano In Praise of Folly.That feel of mysticism also underpins the musical fairy-tale, Les Noces d’Orphee, the cello providing the backdrop of sombre tones against which the capricious clarinet dances. The disc is completed by a short virtuoso clarinet showpiece, Fear of the cold night, that speaks of troubled thoughts. The much travelled French clarinettist, Jean-Marc Fessard, throws aside technical demands, while Genevieve Girard is a very agile pianist, her performance of the Preludes becoming the ingredient that persuades me to strongly recommend the disc. As the composer is the disc’s producer, we may assume these are benchmark versions of all four works. © 2013 David’s Review Corner

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