One of Canada's most prominent virtuoso violinists, Angele Dubeau has performed on the world's greatest stages in a spectacular career that has spanned more than thirty years and over thirty countries. While her talent, virtuosity and musicality have been recognized with many awards over the years, audiences have adopted her above all for her captivating performances, her generosity, her passion, her unparalleled communications skills, and her exceptional ability to connect with them. In fact, Dubeau is the only Canadian classical musician to have achieved two Gold Records for sales of 50,000 copies of a classical recording. Over her career, she has sold over 400,000 discs.
Angele Dubeau's path as a musician is an exceptional one. She obtained a First Prize from the Montreal Conservatory of Music at the age of 15, studying with Raymond Dessaints. She continued her studies in New York with the renowned teacher Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School of Music, and, from 1981 to 1984, further honed her art with Stefan Gheorghiu in Romania. Her talent has been recognized with many national and international awards, and she has performed the great concertos of the repertoire as a
guest soloist with numerous
Convinced of the need to introduce classical music to a wider audience, Dubeau has been a pioneer in programming and hosting gala concerts and weekly music television programs such as the famous Radio-Canada show Faites vos gammes. From 1995 to 2006, she hosted and directed the popular Fete de la musique music festival in Mont- Tremblant, which attracts over 50,000
music lovers annually.
Transformed by this same desire to innovate, she founded La Pieta in 1997, an all-female string ensemble that varies in size, featuring some Canada's best musicians. What she could not have known at the time was that this experiment, originally conceived of for periodic recordings, would gradually occupy all of her time. From early on, the ensemble gained a solid reputation, playing Canada's most prestigious venues and on television. "Precise attacks, excellent ensemble playing and energy... One would think oneself magically transported to the blessed era of the Solisti di Zagreb... passion, presence... The musicians' smiles are contagious, even more so because they are conveyed by way of both mouth and ears," noted Le Devoir in July 1998. Known for their exceptional virtuosity and impeccable precision, their rich interpretations, but above all the contagious happiness that enlivens their stage presence, Angele Dubeau and La Pieta have crisscrossed the Americas and Asia for the last ten years. The Los Angeles Times noted that "Dubeau is an exciting, dynamic fiddler... The performances were consistently robust and inquiring, taking nothing for granted... Dubeau's well-drilled band played with agility, power,
a nicely weighted sound and
a fierce joy in the doing."
Angele Dubeau plays on the
"Des Rosiers" Stradivarius violin (1733).
Analekta presents Angele Dubeau & La Pieta's new album, A Time for Us, featuring some of the most beautiful film scores, all favourites of the violinist.
"I have chosen musical moments that speak to me, film music that is particularly appealing, and great musical pieces that inspire images," explains Angele Dubeau. "My relationship to this music is not the kind chosen by composers, who have created emotions that are attached to images, to a reality conceived for film. Rather, I was inspired by pure music, ignoring conveyed images, and taking it elsewhere in order to recreate my own musical universe. What I feel when I play these works comes from the music, and my approach has been comparable in all respects to the one I favour when working on my repertoire. That is why pieces that are first of all functional go beyond their role by defying time and, breaking out of their framework, become masterpieces."
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Angele Dubeau, one of Canada's premier violinists, and her all-female string orchestra are bringing a classical flair to some of their favorite video game music. After last years release "A Time For Us," which covered music from popular movies by composers like Howard Shore and John Williams, the group has turned its sights to the gaming world. "I have always strived to interest young people in classical music because I feel it has the power to touch everyone. Seeing the passion of young people for video games, I wanted to understand the secrets of their success and to evaluate their musical value," says Dubeau.
And so in their latest release, aptly titled "Game Music," Dubeau and company are covering the themes to all manner of video games. From the iconic Tetris theme (itself already an arrangement of classical music from both Russian tradition and Johann Bach) to the theme from the iPhone's breakout hit Angry Birds the group has covered a wide range of gamer music. Avoiding some of the more obvious hokey themes that get trapped in gamers heads (think Mario) the group has instead focused on games with already beautiful soundtracks such as Final Fantasy, Assassin's Creed, and Halo 3. "I wanted to avoid distorting [the songs], and my intention has been to preserve the form that initially won over video game aficionados while at the same time breathing new life into them."
‘Game Music', the latest release from violinist Angele Dubeau, re-imagines game themes from their most iconic titles.
Set in an apocalyptic battle for survival in the 26th century, the Halo franchise is among the most important gaming sagas ever. Made exclusively for the Xbox console, Halo 1 was a breakthrough in first person shooters by adding a level of realism and sophistication that had not yet been reached. Choosing to shy away from the infamous choral theme from the first game, Dubeau creates a rendition of Halo 3's ‘One Final Effort.' Check out the video above.
No game since Halo has produced such stunning graphics and developed storyline, evidenced by it's 50 million copies sold to date. The game has become so popular that you will even find its protagonist ‘Master Chief' immortalized in Madame Tussauds Las Vegas museum.
Analekta is proud to present Angele Dubeau & La Pieta's new album, A Time for Us. The CD features an array beautiful film scores, all favorites of the virtuoso violinist who has led a dazzling career in the great concert halls of the world. In this album you will discover pieces by Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings), John Williams (Memoirs of a Geisha and Far and Away), John Barry (Dances with Wolves), Nino Rota (Romeo and Juliet), and many more. The album also includes My Heart Will Go On, in a setting by Claude "Mego" Lemay. As a bonus, the album includes five other film music tracks, featured on previous albums of the ensemble, including the unforgettable theme from John Williams' Schindler's List and Franois Dompierre's Fairy Tale.
This classic block stacking arcade era game Tetris, much like PacMan and Space Invaders, has become beloved and timeless. On Game Music, Angele Dubeau and La Pieta use the original synth laden game theme and dramatically balance the arrangement through contrast with the orchestra.