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Remy Franck
Pizzicato, September 2020

…With this CD I have discovered a composer whose unreserved approach to music, a great power of imagination and no less outstanding orchestral artistry make this eclectic programme a true and enriching discovery. © 2020 Pizzicato Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2020

The conductor, Fabrice Bollon, has been reawakening on disc the neglected works of Alberic Magnard. Now the composer, Fabrice Bollon, offers his own music.

Born in 1965, he has created a very active career in the concert hall and theatres, and is presently the General Music Director and Chief Conductor at Germany’s Theatre Freiburg, having appeared as guest conductor with many major European orchestras. Coming late in life to composition, his portfolio of scores is still quite small, and all three works on this new release are derived from concert performances. The earliest, from 2008, is the Concerto for Electronic Cello and Orchestra and carries the appended name, Four Lessons of Darkness. It is the first such work written for the instrument, and adds to the conventional instrument ‘electronic effects such as reverb, distortion and loops’. However achieved, it adds to the conventional instrument many interesting new sounds in the four movements—Earth, Fire, Water and Air. Written for the soloist, Johannes Moser, the virtuoso, who is here appearing with the Saarbrucken Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, its members required to be a hot funk/jazz group. Six years later Your Voice Out of the Lamb, calls for a solo recorder, keyboards and cello, and is a reply to the rock band, Genesis, and their Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Bollon adding that ‘our reaction to his work will much depend on our knowledge of that album’. I don’t know it, but still enjoyed the sounds that Bollon has crafted for a fabulous performance from the famous recorder player, Michala Petri. 2018 brought Dogmatic Pleasures, three virtuoso orchestral fun pieces. The disc requires that you enjoy jazz, and then this stunning German radio recording of World Premiere Recordings will give you much pleasure. © 2020 David’s Review Corner

Records International, September 2020

The Concerto for Electric Cello and Orchestra is a powerful, dark, unsettling work, using the full palette of electronically augmented sounds available to the solo instrument. The movements are named for the four elements; Earth, a static, dark lament with sudden, impassioned outbursts; Fire, appropriately volcanic, the cello employing the kind of thick distorted processing more usually associated with electric guitars, the rhythms pounding and ominous; Water, ethereal and insubstantial in loops, eddies and waves; and Air, energetic and raucous, then ominous and expectant, incorporating tributes to Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix, and ending explosively with a percussive psychedelic funk cadenza for drums and heavily processed cello. Dogmatic Pleasures are relatively conventional, lighthearted orchestral pieces, which hint at Bollon’s long-standing working partnership with Kagel, the first built of scales ‘in the styles of’; the second a huge impressive march on one chord; the third busy, repetitive and jazzy, with a toe-tapping Latin rhythm. © 2020 Records International Read complete review

Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, August 2020

This is surely one of the best recordings of the year as well as one of the most original! © 2020 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review

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