Carolo: Space Time Continuo
Carolo  features 10 sonatas written by a mysterious “Mr Carolo,” whose identity remains an enigma for scholars and musicians alike. Educated guesses have been made to equate Carolo’s identity to Carolus Hacquart, a Flemish composer and Viol player, or an anonymous English “Mr. Charles,” inspired by the 17th-century trio sonatas.  Although the Carolo sonatas were written for smaller ensembles, the original edition served as a blank canvas to fulfill Space Time Continuo’s mandate of featuring the rich textures and wide soundscape possible in the continuo section. Sonatas IX, III, V and X were conceived with augmented forces and sonatas IX and III are new arrangements for 3 solo bass instruments and continuo. Sonata VI is performed with two bassoons, harpsichord and bowed bass (5-string low-pitched bass violin) but the other five are closer to what was suggested by the original publisher’s title page: “two solo bass instruments plus one continuo,” but with variation in the instrumentation of the solo voices and keyboard choice.Watch Sonata IX by M. Carolo performed by Space Time ContinuoBUY / STREAM  
Winterreise
Baritone Nathaniel Watson and pianist Michael McMahon, both based in Montreal, give us their rendition of Franz Schubert's monumental song cycle, Winterreise, written in 1827, the year before Schubert's tragic, early death. The 24 settings of poems of Wilhelm Müller are a journey deep into the psyche of a young man, unlucky in love, who sets out with neither friend nor destination, in the dead of winter, an epic figure in the dawning of German Romanticism. In this recording, also made in winter (and during a pandemic), Watson and McMahon share their experience and lifelong passion for Schubert. The composer, who had already composed some 600 Lieder in his short life, confessed to his close circle of friends that these songs moved him more than all the others.Album Booklet
Night Light
Society, musical conventions, and tastes inevitably change and develop over time, but the shared human experiences that artists draw upon donot. The two overarching ideas that Lara Deutsch and Phil Chiu used as inspiration for this album are dreams and journeys. Dreamy music is often associated with relaxation and easy-listening -- but don’t be fooled; this music has wickedly fast and thrilling sounds that capture the chaotic nature of dreams as well!Watch Album Trailer HereDescribed in La Presse as “a pianist-painter who transforms each musical idea into a beautiful array of colours,” Philip Chiu is acclaimed for his brilliant pianism, sensitive listening, and a presence that eschews the hermit-pianist image in favour of openness, authenticity, and connection.Named one of 2020’s Rising Stars by BBC Music Magazine, flutist Lara Deutsch is a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player known for her engaging warmth and ability to connect with audiences. Recipient of the $125,000 Prix Goyer for collaborative artists in 2019-2020, she is happiest when performing chamber music with her favourite musical partners.Album Booklet
O Mistress Moon : Canadian Edition
O Mistress Moon: Canadian Edition is the latest release by solo pianist, Jennifer King. This album is a sequel to her successful earlier recording  of the same name, now as a special all-Canadian version. The project features twelve contemporary Canadian piano works selected by King for their relationship to the environment, especially of the moon, outer space, and the night.“This collection is designed to offer introspection, to provoke thought and appeal to those looking for a musical meditative journey through calmness, but with a wide emotional scope… there is a therapeutic bent to its sound scape, with the intention of helping to ease stress during the current world pandemic,” says King of the music she chose for the recording.King has linked each of the compositions to a monthly full moon, connecting both its name in both folkloric and the Mi’kmaq name. As the names of each full moon relates to nature and the changing seasons, the music has been partnered each month by both the composition’s name, intention, and its overall atmosphere.For this all-Canadian project, Jennifer has teamed up with Halifax music producers, Leaf Music, to release the recordings in 12 monthly singles that correspond to each full moon of the year, starting in February 2021 until January 2022.Album Booklet
Messiah
Ensemble Caprice and Ensemble Vocal-Arts Québec, under the direction of Matthias Maute, present George Frideric Handel’s Messiah featuring Karina Gauvin. Although it is certainly not the first recording of The Messiah, it serves as an opening act to new beginnings; a breath of fresh air after the isolation and empty concert halls caused by the pandemic. These Messiah excerpts feature Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin, known especially for her interpretation of Baroque music, and the recipient of the prestigious award of “Soloist of the year” award by the Communauté internationale des radios publique de langue français. The recording also features the flute part from Mozart’s arrangement of The Messiah, honouring the two giants, Handel and Mozart, of the classical compositional world.Opening the album is composer Jaap Nico Hamburger’s Hope and Belief, which served as the title track for Ensemble Caprice and Ensemble Vocal-Arts Québec Mini Concerts Sante, and closes with Matthias Maute’s piece “O magnum mysterium,” which “attempts to grasp something of the elusive mystery of music.”Album Booklet
Scarlatti: Essercizi Per Gravicembalo
Like so many musicians, Award-winning artist and early-music musician Hank Knox found himself with a lot of time on his hands during the pandemic. He spent the past 10 months completely immersed in Domenico Scarlatti's only authorized publication, a collection of thirty sonatas first published in 1739 in London, England.  Knox’s recording of the Essercizi Per Gravicembalo offers the listener a deep dive into Scarlatti’s richly inventive and imaginative musical world.Essercizi Per Gravicembalo, meaning “Exercises for Harpsichord,” is a virtuosic collection that has been in uninterrupted print since its publication 275 years ago. The collection was dedicated to King John V of Portugal, father of Scarlatti's longtime pupil and patron, Queen Maria Barbara of Spain. Essercizi Per Gravicembalo was recorded by Hank Knox in April 2021 at Église St. Augustin, Mirabel, QC.Album Booklet
Lighthouse
Lighthouse is for anyone who has experienced the loss of someone close. It is, above all else, a love story...This album was created from letters and journals written on a journey through grief. And while the inspiration for the album came from our dear friend, its message is universal.This album as a whole represents a journey through grief that has been separated into 9 tracks. The music was composed by Grej (Gregory Harrison) in collaboration with Maureen. The concept is a marriage between classical and electronic genres that utilizes voice, piano, harmonium, synthesizer, and field recordings.Album Booklet
Artem Vedel: Twelve Sacred Choral Concerti & Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Juno nominated chamber choir Luminous Voices along with Spiritus Chamber Choir presents twelve works by Ukranian composer Artem Vedel (1767-1808). Considered one of Ukraine’s ‘Golden Three’ composers of the 18th century, these masterpieces of Ukrainian Classical Choral Music include twelve sacred choral concerti & Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Under the direction of Dr. Timothy Shantz and with support from the Ukrainian Music Society of Alberta, the works of Vedel continue to be associated with the boisterous wave of national rebirth, imbued with a connection and influence of national folklore.Album Booklet
Music of the Spheres
Music of the Spheres is a live recording from Halifax Camerata Singers’ second concert in  their 2018-19 ‘Look Up to the Heavens’ season. Under the direction of Jeff Joudrey and in collaboration with special guest narrator Ben Caplan, watch and listen and remember your sense of limitless wonder while looking at the Milky Way on a crystal-clear night. Let the lush harmonies of the music and the beauty of the poetry reflect like light off the gorgeous visuals accompanying this release. And in spite of the world’s many challenges, may a sense of awe, marvel, and hope in something much greater than we see around us linger long after the closing chords.Album Booklet
Studio Piccolo Sessions
Recorded at the prestigious Studio Piccolo in the heart of Montreal, Quebec, Canadian duo Stick&Bow bring life and energy to ‘Studio Piccolo Sessions’. This audio release accompanies a series of five videos presenting works by: Sting, Pau Casals, Luis Naon, Jason Noble and Carlos Puebla. The dynamic duo highlight the technical finesse and energetic performance between cello and marimba. Watch the Piccolo Studio Sessions

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