Indésens Record label founded by Benoit d'Hau can found a right place in the CD world, even if the industry is completely saturated by too many productions of all all kinds.
Through the intention to find its unique identity for each album, to let emerge the specificities of the french tradition of wind instruments, and to offer a nice place to today's composers, Benoit d'Hau helps the creation of new works or the discovery of rarely performed pieces.
Thierry Escaich Composer, Organ player, Professor at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP).
Derek Bourgeois (1941)
Concerto pour trombone Opus 114
1 Allegro 10’43
2 2Adagio 06’51
3 Presto 05’02
Etienne Perruchon (1958)
4 Libretto pour trombone solo & brass band 09’07
5 Rhapsody pour trombone et brass band 11’38
Les Pins de Rome (arrangement Howard Snell)
6 Les Pins de la villa Borghèse 02’46
7 Les Pins près d’une Catacombe 07’00
8 Les Pins de la voie Appienne 05’22
Exo Brass and Fabrice Millischer
Our artistic meeting with Fabrice Millischer took place at the Brass Instrument Festival in Chambray-lès-Tours in January 2010. He plays several pieces with EXO Brass including the famous Rhapsody of Gordon Langford and the Libretto of Etienne Perruchon. This piece, never recorded, is dedicated to him. From then on, a mutual trust started to grow, and the idea to work in co-operation on a common album was born shortly after.
For Libretto, Fabrice Millischer decided to play new and inevitable pieces. They are diverse, demanding, and reveal this young artist’s personality already considered as an international reference. EXO Brass also wanted to add to this album some excerpts of Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome, in the original transcription by Howard Snell, a master of all kind.
This co-operation with Fabrice Millischer honours us. We hope that it will seduce you, and that you will share all the pleasure we had in playing together. More than an album, Libretto also witnesses the brilliant influence of the french trombone class and the indisputable progress of the hexagonal Brass bands, trend that we enthusiastically support.
Gildas Harnois, musical director
Since its creation in 2006, directed by Gildas Harnois, EXO Brass built up its notoriety not only in the Centre region, its birth place, but also on a national scale. This progression was awarded by a 2nd prize at the international Brass band contest in Amboise in 2010, an invitation to the European Championship in may 2011 in Montreux (Switzerland) and concerts at the “Euro-Cuivres” and “Cuivres en Dombes” festivals.
Libretto is the second opus of EXO Brass. It has all the ingredients to meet the success of the first album released in 2009.
Born in 1985 in a family of musicians, Fabrice Millischer soon became one of the most talented and gifted trombonists of the young generation. The awards he received are impressive for his age: in 2007, he won the First Prize of the prestigious International Contest of the ARD Munich, this award being given for the first time since its creation in this discipline. In 2011, he was the winner of the Victoires de la Musique Classique in the instrumental soloist category.
Artist of the Antoine Courtois Paris’ brand, he is currently a trombone solo in the Deutsch Radio Philharmonic Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern and teaches in the Hochschule für Musik Saar. Fascinated by classical and contemporary music, the pieces Libretto by Etienne Perruchon, L’appel sauvage (The wild call) by Alain Celo and the Concerto for trombone and orchestra by Patrick Burgan, La chute de Lucifer (The fall of Lucifer), already refer to him.
‘‘In music, what carries me away is to realize how much one can feel so different after listening to certain pieces. Just hearing sounds, harmonies or melodies can lead us to a particular state of mind.
Every person is shaped by their surroundings and the events of life they go through. I used this idea as a base to write Libretto. My fondness for the dramatic art naturally leads me to this kind of narrative writing. I found in Fabrice Millischer a sensitive artist who is uncommonly open-minded when it comes to music. Our collaboration on this music score was a great experience.’’