Bolt Martin, cello; Heather Dawn Taves, piano.
Recorded at St
Anglican Church, Guelph, Ontario. From
Poem that Can Never Be Written (excerpt from Mvt 1)
Chamber Choir: Leonard Enns,
conductor. Ben Bolt-Martin,
Dietrich, soprano; Bruce Dows, narrator; Michael Woods, percussion.
Recorded at St George's Anglican
Ontario. From CD
Notes Towards. Released May
2008. Juno nomination 2009 for Classical Composition
of the Year.
art in one form often inspires good art in other forms.
This is certainly the case with Notes
an artistically engaging and emotionally moving album produced by local
composers, musicians and vocalists combining chamber music with choral
and spoken word. The centrepiece is the 2009 Juno nominated Notes
Towards a Poem That Can
Be Written, a poem by Margaret Atwood set to music by
The large-scale choral piece was commissioned by Leonard Enns and the
DaCapo Chamber Choir. The album also features Corlis' Prelude for the
Night of the Lunar Eclipse and Western Projections, in addition to As
Through a Glass Darkly, a song cycle by Heather Dawn Taves, and Cello
Sonata No. 1 by Enns.
soloists include cellist Ben Bolt-Martin, Jerzy Kaplanek on violin and
Michael E. Wood on percussion and Taves on piano, with soprano
Sheila Dietrich, tenor Brandon Leis and Stratford Shakespeare Festival
actor Bruce Dow as a narrator.
The stated aim of the recording project is "to speak out against the
injustices of our modern world in a way that is uniquely possible
through music and poetry." It's a lofty but necessary goal in these
troubling times. All I can say is mission accomplished.”
Reid reviewing the album NotesTowards, The Record, July 10,
we find a CD that truly stands out from the rest, and here is one,
certainly. Timothy Corlis is a composer of great depth and passion, not
to mention a pristine, polished craft. The opening Prelude for the
Night of the Lunar Eclipse, a post-impressionistic duet for cello and
piano, draws you in compellingly.
The title track follows, for chorus and narrator
with soloists; a
shattering experience of Margaret Atwood’s nearly brutal poetry,
linked with Corlis’ masterful writing. It is twenty-five of the
most intense minutes of listening you are likely to experience. The
DaCapo Chamber Choir is in top form."
S. Gray reviewing the album
NotesTowards,WholeNote Magazine, September, 2008.)
Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, Mvts
1& 3 (excerpt)
Orchestra: Simon Irving,
conductor. Todd Yaniw,
piano. Recorded live at the
Run Centre. From CD Northern
Lights. Released March 2008.
2003, the Guelph
Symphony Orchestra became Canada’s newest symphony
orchestra, with a four concert
regular season program, and its home at the 800 seat River Run Centre
in Guelph, Ontario. Directed
by Simon Irving,
the orchestra presents a broad range of exciting and
accessible classical music and has established a
loyal audience and
rising artistic standards. The
plus ensemble comprises professional and experienced amateur musicians
the Guelph area.
year old pianist Todd Yaniw
Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
to critical acclaim with the Toronto Symphony
Orchestra under the baton of Peter Oundjian
November 2005; Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 with the Guelph
Symphony Orchestra directed by Simon Irving in April 2006,
Chopin’s 2nd Piano
Concerto with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra in February
conducted by Alastair
Willis, and Mozart’s 9th
Piano Concerto with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jacques
in March 2007. In April 2009,
he will once again appear
with the Toronto Symphony, performing Liszt’s 1st Piano
piano concerto was recorded at a live performance on February
in the River Run
Centre, and released by the GSO on their CD Northern
Lights, in March 2008.
La Finta Giardiniera W.A. Mozart
Baroque de Montréal: Alex Weimann,
conductor; Suzie LeBlanc, Artistic
Director. Recorded live at
Baroque Festival, June 2006.
Baroque de Montréal is a newly formed early
ensemble with Alex Weimann,
music director and Suzie
LeBlanc, Artistic Director with colleagues Guillaume Bernardi and
Its first major performance was a
mounting in full costume and with dance choreography of opera excerpts
two lesser known Mozart operas La Finta
and Lucio Silla,
and was presented at the
Montreal Baroque Festival in
La Chapelle de
Notre-Dame de Bon Secours
in Old Montreal in June, 2006.
ensemble was created especially
Montreal Baroque Festival, which has taken place annually in scenic Old
Montreal over four days at the end of June ever since 2003.
addition to its on-going regular activities in Montreal and Vancouver,
the Academy's next major production is scheduled at the Winter Olypmics
in Vancouver in 2010.
This recording was made live in
the closing of the festival during a particularly long heat spell, with
temperatures on stage rising well into the mid-30s Celsius.
arr. Michael Purves-Smith
From CD A Gift of Christmas Past. Released
2004, Chestnut Hall Music.
Greensleaves is a south-western Ontario based
music ensemble specializing
in early music.
This recording features Michael and Shannon Purves-Smith
lute, and Anne McKenzie, viol with guest
artists; Stephanie Kramer, soprano; Jake Neeley,
tenor; and Daniel Cabena,
recording was made at
the Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo and is from
CD A Gift of Christmas
2004 on Chestnut Hall Music.
Quiet Woods, Op. 71, No 4
Sandra Mogensen: piano.
at Glenn Gould Studio, December
2006. From CD The Piano Music
of Edvard Grieg.
Chestnut Hall Music.
celebration of the centenary of
Norwegian composer (1843-1907): "beautiful repertoire, played with
care and insight by a remarkable pianist". In
years, he arranged some of his early songs as piano pieces,
eleaborating them enough o make
real piano compositions,
but retaining the melodiousness of the vocal line.
this CD, five of these arrangements are
mixed in with a selection of piano works including In Quiet Woods,
taken from the Lyric Pieces, published in the late 1800s.
Pianist Sandra Mogensen
has performed widely in concert as soloist and accompanist in Canada,
the United States, and Europe. Sandra has received much praise
for her work as a
recitalist committed to the art song repertoire. Recent performances
collaborations in recital with Canadian baritones Brett Polegato
and James Westman;
bass-baritone Gary Relyea,
and bass Paul Sketris,
with whom Ms. Mogensen
has recorded a CD of
Sandra has performed much
chamber music repertoire and holds the position of Faculty Pianist at
annual National Music Camp on Lake Couchiching.
recording was made in
the Glenn Gould Studio of the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto, December
2006 and released on the
Music label in 2007.
is the deftest feather-lightest touch I’ve ever heard for the
Grieg.”(Jurgen Gothe, CBC Radio Two)
"A satisfying disc, worth repeated listening." (Wholenote Magazine)
Moyer: erhu, gaohu, yehu;
Kevin Ramessar, guitar;
Kevin Muir, bass; Tony Snyder, horn; David Hall, organ.
at Blenheim Retreat Centre, New Dundee and Blessed
Sacrament Church, Kitchener, December 2002.
the early winter of
2003, Jeremy Moyer
and Chestnut Hall Music set up studio in a quiet retreat
centre outside of New Dundee, Ontario and began to work on a project
a unique fusion of eastern and western sounds featuring Chinese erhu,
and coconut shell
fiddle; classical guitar; African kalimba,
Indian tabla, acoustic
bass, French horn and various percussion
instruments. Ten years earlier, Jeremy had lived in Taiwan for several
he met Zhang Shidong,
an elderly Taiwan erhu
artist (then 78
years old), who inspired him to dig deeper into the world of this
Through playing the traditional Taiwanese coconut shell fiddle,
was exposed to a
whole new world of folk songs, folk opera tunes and ancient court and
religious music - most of which passed down in an oral tradition.
Jeremy recently returned to China with his beloved erhu,
in Shanghai, and then married and moved with
his Chinese wife
to Zhujiajiao, the
"Venice of Shanghai,"
an ancient water town in suburban Qingpu
pursuing his dream in the
countryside, improvising on traditional Chinese folk music to create
"world music." His sense of
his instrument is being nurtured and we have begun to work again on the
CD. Some of the fiddle tracks
well end up being recorded in remote locations, as Jeremy takes a
digital recorder with him as he travels.
He has built a studio in his home, and
through the Internet, we can exchange files and work on the mix, which
now producing in both stereo and surround sound, which opens up a whole
world of exploration. East
All Mortal Flesh Keep
carol, arr. John R. Van Maanen
Grand River Chorus: Richard
Cunningham conductor. Recorded
at W Ross School
for the Blind, Brantford, Ontario. From
CD A Grand Christmas. Released
Grand River Chorus
of Brantford is a mixed voice concert choir presenting an annual series
classical choral music. From
inception, the Grand River Chorus has performed to a high choral
under artistic director Richard Cunningham, the sixty-five voice choir
prepares for its four major concerts each season, and the chorus exists
vital part of Brantford’s artistic community. In
the fall of 2007, the
choir recorded its first CD A Grand Christmas featuring original and
works written by the wealth of wonderful composers in the Grand River
Recorded at St Basil’s Roman
and the W Ross School for the Blind Recital Hall in Brantford, Ontario,
the Grand River Chorus is proud
to make use of
their regional talents for this special recording project.
Variation (from 400 Year
LeBlanc, soprano; Helmut Lipsky, violin; Alex Weimann,
piano; Jean Francois Martell, bass. Recorded
at La Chappelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, Montreal, 2005.
of a concert that took place one Sunday afternoon in 1608... and lasted
a stormy November
day in 1608, the inhabitants of a remote country parish gather for a
in a small secluded church. Arriving at the last moment in a mysterious
drawn carriage, the musicians disembark and head for the stage with
first musical notes resonate throughout the hall, a torrential rain
down upon the church and the concert takes a magical turn. The music
the imagination of the audience, summoning their hidden memories and
desires. It triggers secret impulses and incites the occurrence of
events. It orchestrates the movement of day into night, the changing of
seasons, and the passing of years.
Slipping through time, the
ever-changing music plays
onwards, drawing everyone’s life along behind it, until the
concert comes to
a dramatic end…”
Romantic Variation is
from the 400 Year Concert, with music by Helmut Lipsky, and
musicians Helmut Lipsky, violin; Suzie LeBlanc, soprano Alex Weimann,
Jean-Francois Martell, bass; Pierre Tanquay,
It was produced/engineered
at La Chappelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, Montreal, Quebec and mixed
at Chestnut Hall Music, Kitchener, Ontario and Klaus Studios, Kyborg,
Switzerland by Earl McCluskie.
In the Need of Prayer
of Stephen M. Lee (Loyola University, New Orleans) with the Choirs of
Trinity United Church and Kitchener Church of God, Kitchener, Ontario,
director Alan C. Whitmore
American composer Stephen M. Lee was a resident of New Orleans
and personally suffered through the chaos of Hurricanes
and Rita. He had been asked to share music for the opening of a
conference to address the “human response” of those two
disasters. Lee wanted to create a composition that would provide a
space for the many to grieve and express this grief in the community.
“There are universal themes of suffering, loss,
faith embedded in Stand By Me that anyone who is in the midst of
life’s struggles can sing with conviction".
work is a narrative with Stephen Lee leading the way delivering a
powerful baritone voice and piano accompaniment. Accompanied
the choirs of Trinity Anglican Church and Kitchener Church of God and
bass, drums, and Hammond organ, soloists, Aileen Bennett, Irene
Grozelle, Venantius Dorleon, Jennifer Spaulding, Brian Black and Robert
Grundy are a musical testament to hard work and the meaning of the
words. The music is linked with a narration provided by the composer,
Aileen Bennett and Ann Dubé.
The recording session was followed the next day by a live performance,
to which the audience responded with an energy that filled the church!
Srinakarinwirot Wind Orchestra:
Orchestra), Bangkok, Thailand. Harry
Currie, conductor. Recorded
honour of the 50th birthday of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri
January 2005, through a royal decree from His
Majesty King Bhumibol,
the president of Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok, invited
conductor Harry Currie to
50th birthday celebrations for the Princess Maha
Sirindhorn. Harry flew to Thailand, assembled a
band comprised of Bangkok Symphony musicians, trained them and recorded
number of standard jazz tunes, and several compositions of the king
who is an accomplished jazz trumpeter and composer, having performed
such jazz legends as Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton and Maynard
it came time to mix, the producers wanted a sound with the kind of
punch associated with the big band style, so Harry
returned from Thailand and brought back the master recording tracks to
Chestnut Hall Music for re-mixing.
Happy Birthday, Princess!
Sisters, vocals; Harry Currie and the Windjammers.
live at the
Centre-in-the-Square, Kitchener, Ontario
first recording, Swingphonic,
featuring the music of celebrated American jazz composer Sammy Nestico,
was a big success in Canada and the US, earning numerous accolades both
performance virtues and its recorded sound.
was in fact this recording which the Princess of Thailand heard on a
visit to New York, and took home to her father, the King, which
inspired his birthday gift to her.
Harry Currie, this
big band now performs each year pops concerts in South Western Ontario,
including at the River Run Centre and the Centre in the Square,
Kitchener, often with guest artists such as
Heather Bambrick, the
Irvine Sisters and Peter Appleyard. This
recording is from a performance at the Centre in the Square, Kitchener
in April, 2006.