GRAMMY NOMINATED 2019
Gramaphone's Editor's Choice
Alexander KASTALSKY: Memory Eternal (1917)
The Clarion Choir
In the face of the devastation wrought by the First World War, Alexander Kastalsky conceived a musical service of remembrance for the fallen. Following the basic structure of the Orthodox Panihida, or memorial service, Memory Eternal, and the short sacred pieces that end the programme, reveal Kastalsky’s masterful use of choral sonority and colour, his weaving of complex polyphonic textures, and his graceful use of ancient chant melodies.
GRAMMY NOMINATED 2017
Winner of DIAPASON DÉCOUVERTE
Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week
The Clarion Choir
Maximilian Steinberg's Passion Week is a long-hidden sacred work written in 1920s Russia. The piece, due to a fascinating personal story, made its way to the United States, and, some 85 years later, was performed for the first time. The Clarion Choir gave the New York premiere of the work in October 2014. The New York Times called the performance 'stunning' and added 'Truly, however belatedly, Steinberg's moment has arrived.'
Fanfare Magazine review: "magnificent rendition", "The sound on this Naxos recording is perfect for church music and, while listening to Steinberg’s work, I felt as though I were sitting in the middle of a Russian cathedral."
JUNO NOMINATED 2016
Sacred Reflections of Canada - A Canadian Mass
Canadian Chamber Choir
Featured soloist on track 7
The Canadian Chamber Choir is proud to present a collection of works by 17 different Canadian composers which have been curated to create the first ever composite Canadian Mass.
The Whole note review : "composer-in-residence Jeff Enns’ O magnum mysterium begins with the purist soprano solo by Megan Chartrand"
Complete Songs Volume 1
Johannes Ockeghem: Complete Songs, vol. 1 is the first of two discs which will present all of Ockeghem’s songs in a complete set; the second is planned for release in 2022. The songs have not been recorded complete since the early 1980s.
Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1420-1497) was one of the most celebrated musicians of the fifteenth century and is one of the greatest composers of all time, every bit the equal of J.S. Bach in contrapuntal technique and profound expressivity, and like Bach able to combine the most rigorous intellectual structure with a beguiling sensuality.
Music for Several Instruments Review: "Outstandingly beautiful" "I know that I'll continue to look to Blue Heron for the most impressive music of the period."
Featured soloist on track 12
Quigley’s latest recording with his Miami-based Seraphic Fire concert choir is a collection of American music spanning about 120 years, from the anonymous hymns of the Shaker community to new works by contemporary young composers whose scores recorded here are practically still wet with inkjet from their notational printouts.
Miami Music review
Anniversaries & Messages
Yale Schola Cantorum
Featured on track 5
While we know the Yale Schola Cantorum well for their "bright, youthful, and beautifully balanced sound" (Early Music America) in early music, this fascinating new recording mixes ancient mainstays with works by greats of contemporary choral music. In this splendid live concert recording with longtime conductor and revered master Simon Carrington the ensemble lives up to its exalted reputation in every respect - engaging their fortunate listeners with gripping spontaneity, sweet sound, uncanny balance, and unblemished technical perfection.
Palestrina - Missa Confitebor tibi Domine
Yale Schola Cantorum
Yale Schola Cantorum presents a journey from 21st century Connecticut to late 16th century Rome. This program of quasi-Baroque richness features Palestrina's a cappella Mass is imaginatively interspersed with instrumental interludes for cornett and organ.
Yale Composer's Project
Yale Choral Artists & Yale Philharmonia
Requiem (world premiere) – Hannah Lash
Statement to the Court – David Lang
Consent - Ted Hearne
Motets, Madrigals, and Moresche:
Orlando di Lasso's Music for the Commedia dell'arte at a 1568 Wedding
On 22 February 1568, Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria married Renata of Lorraine, and the ensuing celebration occupied the Munich court for nearly a week. The renowned composer Orlando di Lasso was charged with planning the music and theater for the occasion, including a series of commedia dell’arte presentations. His 1581 Libro di Villanelle contains a number of works whose texts are associated with the commedia dell’arte, and Massimo Troiano’s 1568 Dialoghi relates many details of the proceedings, including some musical ones. Taken together, these works allow for a reconstruction of some of the elaborate music that followed the wedding,