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Reviews

CD Concertos for harp: Valérie Milot, harp/Claire Marchand, flute

“The harpist proposes, together with flutist Claire Marchand, the most delicate and supple of interpretations. The Mozart concerto in C major for flute and harp concludes the program on a note of natural, delicious and charming simplicity, just like a youthful and tender breeze.”

Richard Boivert, Le Soleil, December 7th, 2013

“This is probably the greatest Quebec recording of the year. And while it is not always the case, it also has the useful vocation of conquering a larger public outside of our frontiers. Indeed, the pairing of Boieldieu’s Harp Concerto, the most beautiful of the repertoire, along with Handel’s Opus 4 No. 6 and Mozart’s Concerto for flute and harp K. 299 (with the excellent Claire Marchand) make for a simply perfect program.”

Christophe Huss, Le Devoir, Montreal, November 1st, 2013

“Valerie Milot and Claire Marchand’s version of Mozart’s flute and harp concerto is superb!”

Mario F. Paquet – (Host) Radio-Canada Espace Musique, Octobre 28th, 2013

“…a great concerto of overwelming beauty, recorded here by the incomparable flutist Claire Marchand”

Info-Culture/ 0ctober 2013

Mooncrest – Crête de lune/ Pierrot Lunaire, Arnold Schönberg

“The musicians revealed themselves as outstanding technicians and fully inhabited by their work.”

Claude Gingras – La Presse – January 30th, 2008

Year 9 of the OPUS PRIZES

“…Les Yeux dans les roues, the title of the SMCQ (Contemporary Music Society of Quebec) concert with the flutist Claire Marchand (who gave a remarkable interpretation of a work by Sciarrino)…took the Opus Prize for Concert of the Year in the contemporary music category.”

Guy Marceau, La Presse, Montreal, January 23rd, 2006


Claire Marchand: a tour de force

“Rare are the flutists with the technique, the musicality and the endurance necessary to play the entire one hour of this Sciarrino work. This hour went on effortlessly thanks to the endless imagination of the Italian composer and the genial talent of it’s interpreter”

Claude Gingras, La Presse, Montreal, December 11th 2004


…Grandissimo pianissimo

“…trapped in the choir, Claire Marchand delivers to the audience an incredible interpretation of the six works for flute solo by the Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino.

The combination of this refined writing and the intensity of the interpretation transports us into another world, intended by its creator, for which the space organized to present it magnified, pushing the concentration onto an ultimate art of communication. If spirituality can regain a real sense, we discover it perfectly in this unique artistic endeavor.”

François Tousignant, Le Devoir, Montreal, December 10th 2004


“Claire Marchand, a fine flutist bestowed with intelligent play has, on top of that, one of the most disarming smile triggered off at the end of each performance.”

Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer,Le Droit, Ottawa


” … a subtlety of colors, where Claire Marchand’s technique and virtuosity are magnificently balanced. This cd gives us a gorgeous program. It bends styles, by offering famous as well as lesser-known pieces, introducing us as well top a superior performer.”

“La Traversière” Magazine, Paris, France


“The pieces were remarkably well played… much musicality. A remarkable artist.”

Yves Préfontaine, Chronique du Disque, Radio-Canada FM


” Brilliant… The young virtuoso speaks while playing Takemitsu; in Steve Reich’s Vermont Counterpoint, she dialogs with a tape part. The tape features a recording of a flute ensemble that was already used on her professor Lawrence Beauregard’s cd.”

Claude Gingras, La Presse, Montreal


“Berio, Varese, Takemitsu: Claire Marchand has all the necessary qualities: sound, precision, articulation; foremost, a sense of structure, of form.”

Aurèle Nicolet, flutist, Switzerland


“A recording filled with a sense of elevation, which will please zen enthusiasts. A real pleasure, especially if we consider that the flute was eclipsed between the baroque period and 1913.”

Daniel Roland , ICI newspaper, Montreal


“… Fascinating. A fine disc of 20th century solo flute works.”

Philip Anson, “La Scena Musicale” Montreal


“…those in attendance were rewarded with such contemporary flute milestones as Varese’s and Berio’s Sequenza. Marchand’s beautiful, rich tone also colored some lesser-known pieces, such as Air by Takemitsu and a daring concerto for flute and percussion by Lou Harrison.”

Maria Simpson , Hour, Montreal newspaper


“Tenderness of Crane by Shirish Korde…was performed masterfully by Canadian flutist Claire Marchand.”

Jules Langert, Contemporary Music Review, San Francisco


“Flutist Claire Marchand’s concert was exemplary…”

Dominique Olivier, Voir newspaper, Montreal