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Robert Rowat

CBC Music

CBC Music Favourite Canadian classical albums of 2022

Harpist Valérie Milot and cellist Stéphane Tétreault form a fierce duo: formidable solo artists whose creative cells seem to split and multiply when they team up, as is the case on this collection of new works by Canadian composers.

The quasi-title track is Marjan Mozetich’s Transfigured Sentiment, a riveting meditation on the plight of Cio-Cio San, the heroine of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. François Vallières’ Double-Monologue uses melting textures for its character study of two willful personalities. Caroline Lizotte, herself a harpist, evokes the Scottish Highlands in her suite Close for Couloir, while Alexandre Grogg’s Three Variations on “La Folia” begin the album in an informal, jazzy vein. Milot and Tétreault bring it all to life with refreshing audacity.