This selection of undeservedly neglected Canadian works for cello and piano is framed by the music of Jean Coulthard, her 1946 Sonata establishing a personal voice while building on the influence of Debussy, the later When Music Sounds exemplifying her lyricism and sensitive treatment of both instruments. John Weinzweig’s Cello Sonata fascinatingly combines serial technique with Jewish melodic shapes, expressing national joy and the struggles of creating the new state of Israel. Remembered as the teacher of Glenn Gould, Alberto Guerrero’s Chants oubliés extend the impressionism of Debussy and Ravel into new directions. Violet Archer’s Sonata refers to Baroque models, exploiting the duo’s sensuality, wit and acrobatic virtuosity.

Joan Harrison, cello
Elaine Keillor, piano

Track Listing

1. When Music Sounds (Jean Coulthard) 3:36

Sonata for Cello and Piano (John Weinzweig)

2. Slow, and sustained 9:04
3. Allegro risoluto 9:06

Chants oubliés and Danse (Alberto Guerrero)

4. Chants oubliés 5:37
5. Danse 6:32

Sonata for Cello and Piano (Violet Archer)

6. Andante con moto ed espressivo 6:41
7. Allegro 3:21
8. Larghetto espressivo 4:57
9. Allegro ma non troppo 5:00

Sonata for Cello and Piano (Jean Coulthard)

10. In a quietly flowing style: Allegro 7:52
11. Sarabande 4:50
12. Allegro 2:40