- Bryon Harris
Pauline Frechette - 'Liquid Moon'
Review by Patrick Joseph & Staff
“Liquid moon” is a sensitive and moving work of art. The piece seems to wake from a deep sleep, gradually coming to life and introducing motion into the music. A sparse yet impactful piano melody and rich supportive harmony establish a sensitive tone. A melodic theme seems to divine itself from thin air, seamlessly blending between piano and woodwinds. Melodies evolve like ripples in a pond, cascading over pensive strings. Occasional harmonic “landmines” are expertly placed, creating and resolving huge amounts of tension on an almost subconscious level.
The second melodic theme adds a layer of vulnerability and conflict to the piece. This section seems to dance in a tragic kind of way, pausing briefly to cast an alluring glance at its entranced listeners. Piano melodies build to a climax and the music is developed rapidly to its exciting peak. The intensity level then floats back down to the horizon and listeners feel ready to move on to the next phase of the journey.
When we return to the original melodic theme, new arrangements offer a fresh perspective on the familiar territory. Frechette’s composition is impressively poignant. Each musical development is brilliantly developed into a full narrative, yet all this is done economically. All musical performances here are virtuosic in their perfection. Frechette’s command over the subtleties of her piano playing is inspiring. The piece ends decisively yet softly. Listeners are left to reflect on a dense and moving experience. “Liquid Moon” is entrancing and emotional, a complex and purely beautiful piece of music.
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About Pauline Frechette
Pauline Frechette is a contemporary, classical composer with a background that started with playing in youth symphonies on violin and winning awards in piano competitions. Her Great-grandfather, Josef Vezina, founded the Quebec Symphony and her father, Frigon Louis Frechette, was a renowned organist. Fans and critics response to her music: “pure magic” “haunting” “poetry” “captivating beyond words.”
Pauline’s compositions are gems that spark the 21st century need for private inspiration, sensual beauty or glowing romanticism - the essence of romantic beauty and aesthetic in a short span of time. A Frechette romantic miniature fills the need for warm flow, deeper meaning or emotional lift to a higher plane in the time it took to prepare and consume an espresso.
Both of Frechette’s albums in over 150 countries to billions of listeners on radio and in stores and restaurants. Her compositions have been performed by the Baltimore Symphony, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, New West Symphony, National Symphony at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Cincinnati Symphony and at Disney Concert Hall. Her solo piano album “An Intimate Story” was an official 2021 Grammy Entry and her song “Jewel Box won the WAM Award for “Best Instrumental” in 2020. She is currently working on a ballet which was commissioned by the New West Symphony with the Pacific Festival Ballet company.