La Conversione di Clodoveo is scored for four solo voices and
an ensemble of strings and winds. The all-Canadian cast on this recording
features mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy in the role of Clodoveo.
This recording has been nominated for an 2011 Opus Prize: Album of the
Year - Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music. Founded in 1996 by the
Conseil québécois de la musique, the Opus Prize reflects
excellence in Quebec's dynamic music scene.
"Allyson McHardy's strong, finely focused mezzo is equally impressive
in Clovis's bellicose extrovert arias and his luminous final invocation
of divine love -- which is one of the oratorio's highlights." (Gramophone,
"Allyson McHardy's Clodoveo smoothly relays clarion vigor and dignified
repentance." (Opera News, August 2011)
"The artistry of the ensemble and the vocal beauty of these four
voices and their marvellous interpretive skills in conveying dramatic
changes are remarkable. McHardy is a superb foil as the forceful warrior
to Paulin's tender charms as wife, LeBlanc's patient and saintly monk
and White's steadfast captain. The small size of the ensemble and Weimann's
direction from the harpsichord and organ provides a masterful but sensitive
accompaniment, allowing these superb voices to shine through brilliantly."