Where Words And Music Meet: Talisker Players

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Catalog: TPCM1109
Format: CD

Talisker Players

Francis Poulenc: Le Bestiaire (ou, Cortege d'Orphee)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Scottish Folk Songs, Op. 108 (selections) - Behold my love how green the groves - Bonny laddie - The Maid of Isla - Faithfu' Johnie
Stephanie Moore: In Flanders Fields
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov: Four Poems by Rabindranath Tagore, Op. 68
Andrew Ager: Ellis Portal (excerpts)
Alexander Rapoport: Chicago Portraits
Osvaldo Golijov: Tenebrae for soprano, clarinet and string quartet

The Talisker Players’ first CD features an eclectic program of vocal gems ranging from Beethoven’s setting of Scottish Folk Songs through Poulenc’s charming Bestiary and Ippolitov-Ivanov’s Four Poems by Rabindranath Tagore to contemporary settings by Toronto composers Stephanie Moore, Andrew Ager and Alexander Rapoport. A particular coup is the world premiere recording of Argentine-American composer Osvaldo Golijov’s haunting Tenebrae with soprano Teri Dunn. Golijov will be a strong presence in Toronto this month as Composer-in-Residence at the TSO’s New Creations Festival February 25 – March 3 at Roy Thomson Hall. Teri Dunn is also featured in Moore’s moving setting of In Flanders Fields with baritone Alexander Dobson. Dobson is joined by Vicki St. Pierre in selections from Ager’s raucous interpretation of Rex Deverell’s texts in Ellis Portal and Doug MacNaughton is featured in Rapoport’s deft setting of Carl Sandberg poems in Chicago Portraits. Norine Burgess and Geoffrey Butler share the honours in the playful Beethoven, with Krisztina Szabó centre stage in Poulenc’s miniatures. All in all a very successful debut recording for this Toronto ensemble which specializes in vocal chamber music under the artistic direction of violist Mary McGeer. The attractive packaging includes a very thorough booklet complete with libretti, artist biographies and a message from John Fraser, Master of Massey College where the Talisker Players are Ensemble-In-Residence. Concert note: Talisker’s season continues at Trinity Saint Paul’s Centre with “To the Sea in Ships” February 9 & 10 featuring Vicki St. Pierre, Keith Klassen and Alexander Dobson in music by Ireland, Sculthorpe and Hoiby. David Olds

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