Gems with an Edge

2003
Label: Wellspringe Productions (main website) (mobile website)

Christina Petrowska Quilico, piano

A re-issue of Petrowska Quilico's 1970's CBC recordings of works by Messiaen, Boulez, Brégent, Davidovsky and Coulombe Saint-Marcoux.

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus (1944)

          1. 1V Regard de la Vierge (4:33)
          2. XI Premere communion de la Vierge (5:55)
          3. XVI Regard des prophètes, des bergers et des Mage (3:22)
          4. II Regard de l'étoirle (2:38)
          5. XIV Regard des Anges (4:33)
          6. VIII Regard des hauteurs (2:21)
          7. XIII Noel (3:28)

Michel-Georges Brégent (1948-1993)
Geste (1970) (7:58)

Mario Davidovsky (1934)
Synchronism VI (1970) (7:04)

Pierre Boulez (1925)
Troisième Sonate pour piano
(Formant 2-Trope) (1961) (8:09)

Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux (1938-1985)
Assemblages (1969 revised 1972) (8:33)

American Record Guide
"Petrowska is well known in Canada but not in this country, and I hope these two releases will help to remedy the discrepancy. She's an excellent musician, technically skillful and interpretively sound. She knows her way through the thorny thickets of Messiaen, Boulez, and the other contemporary composers, delivering their strange rhythms and discords effectively. I'm particularly taken by hearing the eerie sounds of the Boulez sonata again."

- American Record Guide
Toronto Star
"One of Canada's most loyal interpreters of contemporary keyboard music..."

- William Littler, Toronto Star
WholeNote Magazine
"Petrowska creates poignant, shimmering textures out of Boulez's abstract fragmented structures."

- Pamela Margles, WholeNote Magazine
These Gems Sparkle Brilliantly
"The collection and re-issue of Christina Petrowska Quilico's CBC recordings of the `70s is a cause for celebration. For connoisseur or neophyte alike, these works provide a wonderful overview of five composers whose styles are as different as their backgrounds. The glue that holds this remarkable set together is Petrowska Quilico's unerring artistry and formidable skill."

- www.jamesweggreview.org