Valérie Milot is a musician with the soul of a rebel. Full of initiative and a hard worker, Valérie places the harp centre-stage in unexpected fashions. Valérie brings equal passion to her various roles as concertist, producer, professor and mother.
Whether through the pure tradition of classical music or through her innovative productions such as Orbis, a performance blending music and digital art, Valérie knows how to make music accessible. The eight albums she has recorded are a tangible example of her range: they extend from concertos by Mozart and Haendel with Les Violons du Roy under the baton of Bernard Labadie to a transcription of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint for electric guitar. Solo is her ninth opus released for the first time on her own label, Anemone 13.
“Solo is the culmination of a process of introspection during which I delved more deeply into my connection to my instrument. Through transcriptions, I redefined my relationship with the harp’s technical possibilities and focused on translating its musical gestures, beyond the notes. This exercise further developed my interpretive approach to the works, which was very constructive.”
– Valérie Milot
1 Niccolò Paganini (1782 – 1840)
24 Caprices, Op.1 Caprice XXIV in A Minor
2 Franz Schubert (1787 – 1828)
Ständchen (Schwanengesang) D.957
3 Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
Overture – Die Hebriden, Op.26 “Fingal’s Cave”
4 Sir Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934)
Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 “Enigma”
Variation IX – Nimrod
5 Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911)
Symphony No.5 in C Sharp Minor
6 Francisco Tarrega (1852 – 1909)
Recuerdos de la Alhambra
7 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Sonata for solo violin No.1 in G Minor, BWV 1001
II. Fuga: Allegro
8 Bénigne Henry (circa 1800)
“Ah! vous dirai-je maman” variations for harp
I recorded each note of this album with you in my mind, Dad.
℗ Anemone 13, 2020
Bibliothèque nationale du Québec.
This album was entirely made in Canada.