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.

« The performances are evocative, the interview is interesting, and both contribute to a greater understanding of Canada’s musical development. »

– John Keillor, The Georgia Straight

CD 1

Hétu documentary produced and presented by Eitan Cornfield

Documentaire sur Hétu produit et présenté par Eitan Cornfield

CD 2

1-5. Les Clartés de la nuit

6-10. Les Abimes du reve

11-14. Les Illusions fanées

15. Le Tombeau de Nelligan

View the English transcription of the documentary.

Voir la traduction française de la transcription du documentaire.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier du ministère du Patrimoine canadien.


Colette Boky (soprano); Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal; Jacques Beaudry (conductor / chef d’orchestre)
Joseph Rouleau (bass / basse); Orchestre symphonique de Québec; Simon Streatfeild (conductor / chef d’orchestre)
Tudor Singers of Montréal; Patrick Wedd (condcutor / chef de choeur)
Orchestre du conservatorie de musique du Québec; Raffi Armenian (conductor / chef d’orchestre)