This recording is part of the Centrediscs’ Canadian Composers Portraits series which documents the emergence of a generation of pioneering professional composers who firmly established Canada’s place on the world’s musical map. Each release in this retrospective of the last fifty years is dedicated to a single composer and uniquely combines full-length documentaries on the composers’ lives and music, as well as a selection of their most important works.


« Coulthard emerges as a woman of intellect who overcame formidable obstacles with charm and humour. Musical excerpts are carefully chosen to highlight and enhance the spoken word. […] I would strongly recommend this recording, and hope it will prompt further exploration of Coulthard’s works. » – Charlene Biggs, CAML review

CD 1

Coulthard documentary produced and presented by Eitan Cornfield

CD 2

1-3. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

4-6. Sketches from the Western Woods

7-19. Twelve Essays on a Cantabile Theme

View the English transcription of the documentary.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Department of Canadian Heritage.


Robert Silverman (piano); CBC Vancouver Orchestra; Dwight Bennet (conductor / chef d’orchestre)
John Ogden (piano)
Purcell String Quartet: Norman Nelson & Joseph Peleg (violins / violons); Philippe Etter (viola / alto); Ian Hampton (cello / violoncelle)
University of Alberta String Quartet: Thomas Rolston & Lawrence Fisher (violins / violons); Michael Bowie (viola / alto); Claude Kenneson (cello / violoncelle)