Welcome to the Beta Launch of the new CMC Canada website. New features added every day! Provide Feedback

Home|Shop|Recordings|Centrediscs|Sacred & Profane

Sacred & Profane


In stock

In stock

Sacred & Profane

Call Number: CD 276
Format: Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: January 1, 1995
Label: Centrediscs / Centredisques

Sacred & Profane

Originally released in the early 1980s on vinyl records, these three works are brought together on CD, and represent a major statement in Canadian choral music composition.

Composer Harry Somers offers three pieces, all of which exhibit a thoroughly different character and mood. From the traditional folksong lyricism of the Five Songs of the Newfoundland Outports through the atonally dramatic Kyrie to the witty and bawdy cabaret-like Three Limericks, Somers provides the listener with a rich diversity of musical expression.

“This collection of music by Toronto’s Harry Somers remains one of the finest vocal discs in the Canadian catalogue, with the Elmer Iseler Singers in top form… Would that Somers were more prolific; his music is as good as we have in this country.” – William Littler, The Toronto Star

Visit the web site of the Elmer Iseler Singers


Elmer Iseler Singers
The Elmer Iseler Singers, Roxolana Roslak (soprano), Patricia Kern (mezzo-soprano), Susan Cooper (soprano), Robert Missen (tenor), Nelson Lohnes (bass-baritone), Timothy Cadan (bass), Elmer Iseler (conductor).


University of Illinois Concert Choir performs Harry Somers’ “Feller from Fortune” from the Five Songs of the Newfoundland Outports

1-5. Five Songs of the Newfoundland Outports

6. Kyrie

7-9. Three Limericks

This recording is not yet available on Spotify.

CMC offices are closed until further notice. We are open online by email, our website, and social media. All sales of printed scores and CDs will be placed on back-order until we resume our operations. We are still available to process and troubleshoot any issues with digital sales.

Tous les bureaux du CMC sont fermés jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Nous sommes ouverts en ligne par le biais de courriel, du site Web et les médias sociaux. Toutes les ventes de partitions imprimées et de CD seront suspendues jusqu’à ce que nous reprenions nos activités. Nous sommes toujours disponibles pour traiter et résoudre tout problème lié aux ventes numériques.