Today, LUNA PEARL WOOLF: Fire and Flood has been nominated for a 2021 GRAMMY Award in the category of Best Classical Compendium. The composer-portrait album, released in February, encompasses 25 years of dramatic vocal and choral works and hauntingly re-imagined Leonard Cohen masterpieces by the innovative American-Canadian composer.
Has there ever been a year during which new albums were as vital to our survival as they were in 2020? CBC Music picks Canada best classical albums of the year, from solo piano to opera and everything in between.
With concert halls shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the arrival of new music – along with quarantine videos and live streams – was the closest we got this year to the thrill of live performance. And while records will never replace the concert experience, we’re grateful to Canada’s classical musicians for the profusion of new music they continue to release for our enjoyment.
Luna Pearl Woolf: Fire and Flood, a Pentatone Oxingale Series recording, has been nominated for a 2021 Grammy Award in the category of Best Classical Compendium. The composer-portrait album, released in February, encompasses 25 years of dramatic vocal and choral works and hauntingly re-imagined Leonard Cohen masterpieces by the innovative American-Canadian composer.
“Haimovitz sets his cello free in a daring and dazzling jazz recital…“ Matt Haimovitz’s multi-faceted cello knocks down musical boundaries while scaling emotions from darkness to joy in Cello JAZZ, […]
“Luna Pearl Woolf trains a zoom lens on the collective experience, sometimes plunging us right into the midst of destruction and anarchy only to pull back, in one swoop, to a clear-eyed plane of compassion.”
March 1, 2019 American composer David Sanford (b. Pittsburgh 1963) came from a highly musical family. He always had a keen interest in jazz, big and music, and played the […]
July 2017 “Meeting of the Spirits” – jazz milestones re-imagined for a big band of cellos.PENTATONE SACD 518§ 659 TT: 51:06BUY NOW FROM AMAZON Matt Haimovitz is on the cutting […]
May 17, 2019 Afro-American composer David Sanford shows a musical Modernism with a healthy admixture of “Jazz” influences on his recent recording of orchestra works Black Noise (BMOP Sound 1063). The three […]
November 14, 2019 ALBUM REVIEW | David Sanford: Black NoiseClassical CD ChoiceBarry Forshaw Not for the casual listener, but those with a taste for the adventurous might give this unusual […]
May 3, 2019 In relation to music, noise occupies a particularly complex position in the history of African American musical cultures. Historically, white listeners musically and culturally disenfranchised enslaved African […]
November 17, 2019 When cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Navah Perlman take the stage at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey, today, Nov. 17, they will take part in […]
November 11, 2019 An exciting performance by cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Navah Perlman, featuring pieces from Beethoven, Philip Glass, and Corigliano. State Theatre New Jersey presentsMatt Haimovitz and Navah […]
November 20, 2019 You could say Matt Haimovitz does things differently. He abandoned the typical career of a classical cellist early on. Since then, Haimovitz, now on the faculty of McGill […]
November 26, 2019 Listen to music that pushes the idea of chamber music (technically a small ensemble, playing one to a part) with combinations of keyboards and strings, as well […]
November 18, 2019 Ask any cellist and they’ll have a unique insight or personal story about the six suites for unaccompanied cello by J.S. Bach. A few years ago Ashley […]
November 26, 2019 Leonard Cohen’s Polemic Masterpiece in a Kaleidoscopic Re-Imagining For Three Voices and Cello Composer Luna Pearl Woolf boldly reconfigures Leonard Cohen’s darkly ironic “Everybody Knows” for three […]