Gilles Maurice Leclerc      Composer & Organist / Compositeur et organiste

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RECORDINGS: (CD)

Gilles Maurice Leclerc : Oeuvres pour orgue (Volume 1)  GML (2005)
Recorded at église Saint-François d’Assise, Ottawa on the two-manual 31-stop Guilbault-Thérien organ, op. 28 (1988)

Available from Opus II:
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The Leading Note:
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Listen also to excerpts at: Organlive (U.S.A.):
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NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE ORGAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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THE REVIEWS
Choir and Organ (U.K.)
*** ......This CD is the first in a projected series and includes a set of variations of Pange lingua, which alludes to the French tradition of Duruflé and Vierne, and a novelty - a brief suite for viola and organ commissioned by Kevin James, who performs it here. Leclerc is noted for his skill as an improviser and the CD includes two examples that, interestingly, are more complex and substantial in length than any of his bona fide compositions.

The Ottawa Citizen (Top Ten Classical Albums for 2005)
“Calm, meditative and deeply spiritual, Leclerc’s organ music is a balm even for souls that don’t normally respond to the instrument.” Richard Todd

The Ottawa Citizen (15 Oct. 2005)
Listeners who like music to accompany quiet times and inspire meditation should get to know this CD. Gilles Leclerc has been the organist at Ottawa’s St. Francis of Assisi Church for 28 years and headed the restoration of the fine organ installed there. He’s also a composer of some note, not the least in the field of liturgical music. His style is reminiscent of the pre-Messiaen composers who established a certain esthetic for Catholic organ music that became widespread over the next generation or two. But this is not to suggest that Leclerc is derivative or even particularly eclectic. Listening to his Variations on the Pange Lingua Theme establishes at once that he occupies his own esthetic space, one that this listener may enter with great satisfaction. The CD also includes a suite for viola and organ, commissioned by Ottawa violist Kevin James. It’s a fine piece too, though it is different in feeling from the rest of the material. (Richard Todd)

La Scena Musicale (Montréal, April 2006)
Ce premier enregistrement d'oeuvres pour orgue du compositeur canadien Gilles Maurice Leclerc (né en 1960), jouées par lui-même, présente une musique d'une qualité achevée. Bien loin de seulement raviver la glorieuse époque de l'orgue symphonique français, elle en constitue un subtil prolongement, et ce, sans que l'on soit gêné de se souvenir de Messiaen ou de J. Guillou. Une oeuvre, la Suite pour alto et orgue, joint au compositeur l'altiste Kevin James. On retient aussi les six Variations sur le thème du Pange Lingua (1990) qui sont d'une sensibilité presque intime, alors que la dernière variation sur les pleins-jeux déploie une rosace autour du plain-chant. Imposante également, l'improvisation sur Be thou my vision, une mélodie irlandaise transformée en polyphonie aux accents parfois tragiques. L'Improvisation symphonique (Psaume 118), dédiée au pape Jean-Paul II, tranche avec le reste de cet enregistrement par davantage d'abstraction mais sans jamais entamer l'éclat de la couleur, et se termine en apothéose. Interprétées sur le 16 pieds de l'église Saint-Francois-d'Assise à Ottawa, dont la registration ne paye pas de mine mais dont les timbres sont aussi magnifiques qu'équilibrés, ce CD est un réel hommage à l'orgue vivant. (Olivier Giroud-Fliegner)