Dan Lander is mischievous with his tools; you can hear him grin at several points throughout these recordings. His writing has a sense of play and naturalness that one rarely hears. These are works 'sans woosh', bare, sometimes painful and always passionate, as in works with intelligence, precision and guts.Jean-Guy Boisvert, clarinet and Louise-Andrée Baril, piano.
You Haven’t Been
Frank Horvat - pianoYou Haven’t Been takes on a beautiful and captivating tone. Introspective, full of hope and despair, the music looks at this storytelling pianist’s own struggles with mental health. By getting these feelings out into the world, they are given a life all their own. You leave the experience changed.Composer Jean Piché has written a dark and difficult opera for solo voice that is quite accessible harmonically at times. The music with its French and Spanish text by Yan Muckle is gripping, disturbing and mesmerizing. - Tiina Kiik, Wholenote"Wu in Zen is ‘not’ the expected. The pleasure of Rudolf Komorous' Wu is the pleasure of the unexpected. Listening to a line of notes falling like water drops from a melting icicle, at irregular intervals, a note rising when you anticipate it will descend, a chord appearing in a line of single notes like a crow in a flight of sparrows. The pleasure of the unexpected." – WholeNoteWOWOW was recorded live on November 14 and 15, 1997, as the New Orchestra Workshop (or NOW Orchestra) was celebrating its 20th anniversary with a concert series in hometown Vancouver, Canada. Three new works were created for the occasion, all of them featured (in part) on this CD.A complex sonic tapestry - Without Fear features works for solo instrument and interactive computer electronics, as well as works for "tape" alone. Performances by Miriam Arnold, flute, and Günter Marx, violin, reveal such a close integral relationship between musician and electronics that it truly sounds like extensions of the instruments themselves.Maxine Thévenot, Director of Cathedral Music and Organist of the Cathedral of St. John (Episcopal) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, plays the cathedral's 2002 Reuter organ, op. 2210, of four manual divisions and pedal. Works explore the range of Baroque, Romantic, and the introduction of recently composed works in their recording premieres.Critically acclaimed finger-style guitarist and composer Ed Henderson plays a concert of Carols and originals with passion.
Wine of Peace
An 85th Birthday RetrospectiveOne of the most important releases of Canadian Classical Repertoire of 1998, John Weinzweig's Wine Of Peace is a celebration of almost half a century of compositions by the Dean of Canadian Composers.
Chromos Saxophone QuartetLuc Marcel created a spectacular theatre piece Wind for saxophone quartet and modern dance ensemble that includes a gigantic inflatable plastic rectangular performance bubble.Symphonic compositions and double concertos by Maya BadianThis third recording of Duo Concertante on the ATMA label presents an attractive array of recent Canadian chamber music by some of this country's most talented composers.This is a protest CD. The artists and supporters who have come together here are opposing a process dubbed "Lands for Life" — a feel-good name created by the Ontario Conservative government.Improvised music using piano, objects, alto sax, voice and body. Music that is strange, expansive and elusive.
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