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Album Release: Dan Barrett Plays Dominique Lemaître

The New Focus Recordings label, specializing in the promotion of creative contemporary music, unveils this Friday, September 18 the new project of American cellist Dan Barrett: a collection of collaborative recordings featuring the work of French composer Dominique Lemaître. It will be the first American recording devoted to his music."A delicate and ideal balance, composed of instrumental woods of perfect duration, reminiscent of the sculptor Calder (...) Music on the edge of silence." according to Frank Mallet, critic and classical music editor of Le Monde de la Musique, the album will be available for purchase on the label's platform, Spotify as well as in physical version in authorized outlets.

The work of Dominique Lemaître, a fan of Claude Debussy's music, is full of inventiveness, sound and feeling. Inspired also by composers such as Morton Feldman or Giacinto Scelsi, his work is characterized by singular sound sequences and adapts to quartets as well as to ensembles or orchestras. Produced in more than thirty countries such as China, the United States, Japan, Russia, his compositions have been performed by a wide range of orchestras and ensembles such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and he was also commissioned by institutions such as the Ministry of Culture or the European Union.

The work of Klaus Huber's former partner, is interpreted by Dan Barnett, the creator and director of the ensemble International Street Cannibals. Five works will be highlighted covering 25 years of sound exploration: Orange and Yellow II (2013), for two cellos and inspired by a painting by Mark Rothko Thot (1994) for clarinet and cello, alluding to the Egyptian god of scribes; Mnaïdra (1992) for cello; Stances, hommage à Henri Dutilleux (2015) for cello and piano and dedicated to Dan Barrett; and Plus Haut (2018) for cello -- a musical representation of the act of ascension.

Discover the album here: https://www.newfocusrecordings.com/