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Yoav Talmi was chosen winner of the 2013 Prime Minister's Prize for composers.
The Jury’s reasons
for awarding Yoav Talmi the Prize:
"The two orchestral works of composer and conductor Yoav
Talmi, "Elegy" and "De Profundis", reveal
musical and compositional ability,
impressive and multifaceted, that by
its unique style successfully communicates
expressions of desires, doubts, questions, pleas and hopes in a way that blurs the
boundaries between private and public emotion,
so that the listener can surrender to them and deeply identify with the music. The composer clearly indicated the
sources of inspiration in the titles and
preface of the
two works, the texts and the musical quotations he used,
many of which related to sources and
events (some personal) of the history
of the Jewish people."
"De Profundis" for choir and orchestra, a four- movement work composed recently by Talmi, is certainly an important composition. Driven by a burst of strength and youth, agile, full of life and contrasts, this music relies on a smooth, flowing and expert writing. The energy released by the big instrumental and vocal forces appeared both flexible and monumental. Under the conductor’s baton, the work sprang out like a true cry from the heart.
Richard Boisvert Le Soleil, Quebec May 26, 2011
The most interesting element of the program was "De Profundis", a 23-minute cantata in four movements by Talmi himself. Beethoven’s finale possibly furnished a model: The palette was eclectic. Many were the stylistic twists and turns, ranging from purely homophonic a cappella (notably by an offstage ensemble) to a passage of random whispered speech in various languages, with a boisterous instrumental scherzo in between. That Tower of Babel bit was fascinating. The QSO choristers found their voices, quite heroically, in the (mostly Latin) final minutes.
Arthur Kaptainis, National Post, Toronto, May 30, 2011
All those privileged who have attended one of the three performances (May 25, 26, 27, 2011) will keep an unforgettable memory. ..."De Profundis" presents itself sometimes as a meditative work and sometimes as a work full of colossal energy. The musicians and singers, in perfect harmony, interpreted this work magnificently, as if thanking the Maestro for having led them so wonderfully throughout his 1 3 musical years.
Jean-Marc Gaudreau, Nouvelles (online), June 3, 2011