Congratulations to all our composers mentioned on Canada’s top 20 classical albums of 2020 by CBC Music

5 albums out of 20 feature music by Canadian Music Centre associate composers!

4. Andrew Wan, OSM, Kent Nagano, Ginastera, Bernstein, Moussa: Works for Violin and Orchestra (Analekta) including the world premiere of Samy Moussa’s Violin Concerto.

6. Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Agnese Eglina, Guntis Kuzma, Andris Poga Talivaldis Kenins: Symphony No. 1, 2 Concertos (Ondine)

8. Alice Ping Yee Ho, Vania Chan, Patty Chan, Lulu, The Venom of Love: Electronic Ballet Music (Leaf Music)

10. Beverley Johnston, Marc Djokic, Amici Ensemble, The Spirit and the Dust (Centrediscs) featuring Dinuk Wijeratne, Christos Hatzis, Norbert Palej and Richard Mascall

This Centrediscs release finds percussionist Beverley Johnston in fine form — and excellent company — playing marimba and vibraphone, and in one piece singing, too. The album is a survey of pieces by Dinuk Wijeratne, Christos Hatzis, Norbert Palej and Richard Mascall, and they couldn’t be more contrasting, one from the next. To borrow Johnston’s expression, Wijeratne’s four-movement suite, The Spirit and the Dust, is a “marimba masterpiece.” In Ser con Él, Palej requires Johnston to sing and narrate as well as play, and wow, does she commit! There are warm tango sounds in Hatzis’s Parlor Music, while Mascall’s Quantum Hologram is a hoe-down with expert fiddling from Marc Djokic.

11. Taktus, Mirrored Glass (Ravello) showcasing Ann Southam