Almost a Song - Contemporary Guitar
At the age of 40 Olivier Chassain is not yet a household name on the British side of La Manche, nor does he offer any bait to tempt the cautious listener to part with his or her money; what he does bravely offer is a solid programme, superbly played. Only the Takemitsu is currently on the
I particularly liked Edith Lejet’s interplay of sonorities and exchange of roles in the ‘recapitulation’ (the structure is A-B-A). The compasses of the guitar (a ‘baritone’ instrument) and viola permit the two instruments to work either in complementary fashion, or to occupy the same pitch space, whilst separate in the latter case by their very different characteristics of tone and attack. Olivier Chassain is a true artist (and resourceful composer) – take this opportunity to hear him and to tug a respectful forelock.'