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Angele Dubeau's Blanc is WQXR's Album of the Week

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This week's featured releases includes violinist Angèle Dubeau and her ensemble La Piéta performing introspective folk, pop and jazz arrangements.

Roughly a year ago, the Canadian violinist Angèle Dubeau was diagnosed with breast cancer. After taking some time off, she's picked up the violin again and resumed work with her all-female string ensemble La Piéta. Last month the group released "Blanc," a collection of soothing contemporary pieces that the violinist turned to as she's battled the illness.

The collection features 14 pieces from 12 artists including some varied folk and jazz arrangements – of Cat Stevens, Shawn Phillips and Dave Brubeck – and three international film composers – Ryuichi Sakamoto, Enio Morricone and Joe Hisaishi. The most familiar names to WQXR listeners may be the Argentine-American composer Osvaldo Golijov and the fiddler-composer Mark O'Connor, each of whom represented with one of their quieter efforts. The mood stays introspective throughout and while some might find this to be a heavy dose of serenity, there's no doubting its heartfelt inspiration. What's more, a portion of the proceeds go towards breast cancer research.