Ash Roses

Derek Holman
Composer
Derek Holman
Composition Date: 2014
Duration: 00:50:37

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Unspecified voice
Programme Note:
This is the first recording entirely dedicated to the songs of celebrated Canadian composer Derek Holman. Although few late 20th- and 21st-century Canadian composers have made song a focus of their output, Derek Holman, most noted for his choral works, has became a champion of the art form in his late career and has established a reputation as a composer sympathetic to vocal inflection and poetic nuance.

Ash Roses highlights a group of Holman’s works written over a twenty-year span that coincides with the composer’s most prolific period of writing art song. The program features a group of artists well known for their dedication to song and chamber repertoire. Tenor Lawrence Wiliford, soprano Mireille Asselin, pianist Liz Upchurch and harpist Sanya Eng perform all previously unrecorded works that include Ash Roses (1994), Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal (2007), The Four Seasons (2009) and a collection of songs for high voice and harp (2011).

This recording represents the inaugural CD release by the Canadian Art Song Project (CASP), which aims to nurture and promote the Canadian art song repertoire. Founded in 2011 by tenor Lawrence Wiliford and pianist Steven Philcox and inspired by a passion for Canadian music, CASP’s mission is to build on the rich legacy of Canadian song. It engages composers, librettists, and performers to share and celebrate their experiences through the creation of new music and provides opportunities for Canadian artists to program and advocate the wealth of beauty in the existing song literature. canadianartsongproject.ca

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • CD 1647
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 21, 2014
  • Type:
  • Sound recording, commercial
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 compact disc : digital ; 12 cm.
    Height: 12 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • THE FOUR SEASONS
    Lawrence Wiliford, tenor
    Liz Upchurch, piano
    1. Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind 2:37
    2. Christmas Eve 3:02
    3. The Hounds of Spring 1:42
    4. Fair Daffodils 2:56
    5. Summer Thirst 2:17
    6. August 2:43
    7. Towered Camelot 3:41
    8. The West Wind 3:42

    ASH ROSES
    Mireille Asselin, soprano
    Liz Upchurch, piano
    9. Geology 3:28
    10. Maze 2:48
    11. Sweet Breath at Night 3:24
    12. Arabesque 6:07
    13. Amore mi fai Danzar 3:02
    14. Alchemy 5:15

    15. NOW SLEEPS THE CRIMSON PETAL 3:53
    Lawrence Wiliford, tenor
    Mireille Asselin, soprano
    Liz Upchurch, piano

    THREE SONGS FOR HIGH VOICE AND HARP
    Lawrence Wiliford, tenor
    Sanya Eng, Harp
    16. Midnight on the Great Western 2:36
    17. Adlestrop 3:32
    18. Loveliest of Trees 2:18

    PERFORMERS:
    Lawrence Wiliford, tenor
    Mireille Asselin, soprano
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