September 13, 2017

First Play: Valérie Milot, Antoine Bareil and Stéphane Tétreault, Trios

Robert Rowat, CBC Music

Harpist Valérie Milot is like a hummingbird, delighting you with each appearance, and before you know it, moving on to the next thing. Her new album, due out Sept. 22, is a case in point.

As with many of Milot’s projects, this one is not only a bit crazy, but also highly personal — a collaboration with her husband, violinist Antoine Bareil, and her longtime friend, cellist Stéphane Tétreault. “Stéphane is one of those great musicians with no filter between the person he is in real life and the artist he is onstage,” reflects Milot. “The channel is always broad and pure!”

The combination of violin, cello and harp isn’t all that common, and cellist Tétreault feels the harp contributes to an especially intimate sound. “The colours and ambiances are stunning and delicate,” he tells us. “The variety of sound is also great, as it is possible to achieve a certain ‘percussive’ quality with a harp, perhaps even more so than with a piano.”

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