[...] the video and music are not always synched up. [...] we hear excerpts from an interview with the ensemble's conductor, Laurence Equibey, discussing choral transcriptions, editing, marking, conferring with composers, and practice-conducting some of the music as she prepares for performance.
570 Notes, March 2009 policeman and his “baton” with an orches- before he must cue or balance the sound, tra conductor. Photography, sound, sub- are delightful to watch. In Monsaingeon’s jects, historic clips were all excellent. The notes he mentions the “humour and sar- somewhat unorthodox conducting gestures casm” so typical of Soviet music. His notes which Roz uses, such as tapping the con- in English, French, and German augment ductor’s baton with the palm of his other the DVD. hand, making a “cut it” gesture to the throat, some beats to the side and back, Joan O’Connor and no beating—just enjoying the music University of Houston Transcriptions. DVD. Laurence Equibey / Accentus. Directed by Andy Sommer. [France]: Naïve, 2008. V5116. $25.99. Filmmaker Andy Sommer, along with the Between pieces, viewers are brought back- French professional vocal ensemble stage for random pre-concert and intermis- Accentus, created this ﬁlm centered on sion interactions between conductor and transcriptions of primarily instrumental singers. All these scenes are intermingled works, some composed speciﬁcally for the throughout the ﬁlm. thirty-voice ensemble. The works are origi- Each work is performed beautifully with nally for piano, orchestra, solo voice, or the transcriptions remaining true to the small ensemble, with new text created for original work. “Winter” from Vivaldi’s Four some. Sommer describes his ﬁlm–concert Seasons, transcribed by Franck Krawczyk is in the program notes as an “a cappella mu- an example of this. It is not a work one sical” (although several works are accompa- would normally associate with vocal music, nied), and attempts to highlight the choral but the ensemble is able to produce an al- performance of the ensemble by ﬁlming in most instrumental sound while singing the architecturally diverse spaces, often bathing Latin Requiem text. Among other works the singers and conductor in arty “noir- worth mentioning include two movements like” lighting or using other effects. The
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