Distance / Choir Of St. Andrew & St. Paul, Vallee
Label: ATMA Classique
Catalog: ACD2 2840
Lynch, Kimberley; Frey, Elinor; Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul; Haidar, Haitham; Hasler, Emmanuel; McKenna, Léo K.; Cumberbirch, Charlotte; Manias, Stephanie; Vallée, Jean-Sébastien; Duffy, William; Wieser, Ellen; Kraushaar, William; Watson, Nathaniel; Oldengarm, Jonathan
The Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal presents an album around the theme of isolation due in part to the Covid-19 pandemic. Distance explores different aspects of isolation and silence: solitude, reflection, but also determination and "breaking the silence". The program includes several choral pieces ranging from Bach motets with continuo to 21st century repertoire for a cappella choir by Samuel Barber, Edward Elgar, and many others. The Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul is one of Canada’s most advanced choral ensembles. The 24-voice professional choir includes some of the finest singers from the greater Montreal area. The ensemble, known for its warm sound and clarity of texture, is acclaimed for its innovative programming and diversity of styles. In addition to providing music for the church’s regular worship services, the choir also presents concerts and choral services including performances with the Montreal Symphony Players’ Association and Ensemble Caprice. Canadian-American conductor Jean-Sebastien Vallée is an internationally recognized conductor, scholar, and pedagogue. Dr. Vallée is Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Studies, and Coordinator of the Ensembles & Conducting Area at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montréal. In addition, Maestro Vallée is Director of the renowned Choir of the church of St. Andrew& St. Paul in Montréal, and Music Director of the Ottawa Choral Society.