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.

CD 1

Archer documentary produced and presented by Eitan Cornfield

Documentaire sur Archer produit et présenté par Eitan Cornfield

CD 2

1-3. Sinfonietta

4-6. Trio No. 2

7-9. String Quartet No. 3

10-13. The Bell

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.


CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra; John Avison (conductor / chef d’orchestre)
The Hertz Trio: Yaëla Hertx (violin / violon); Talmon Hertz (cello / violoncelle); Dale Bartlett (piano)
University of Alberta String Quartet: Norman Nelson & Larry Fisher (violins / violons); Michael Bowie (viola / alto); Claude Kennison (cello / violoncelle)
CBC Chorus & Orchestra; Geoffrey Waddington (conductor / chef d’orchestre)