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Harry Freedman: The Concert Recordings

Harry Freedman: The Concert Recordings

February 8, 2017

CMC Centrediscs is proud to announce the release of Harry Freedman: The Concert Recordings, a new collection of orchestral compositions previously unavailable on commercial recording. The CD and its generous supporters will be celebrated at the Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto on February 10, 2017.

The genius of Freedman resonates through five live recordings performed by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Radio Choir, Elmer Iseler Singers, Swedish Radio Choir, Toronto Children’s Chorus, Esprit Orchestra, and Composers' Orchestra.

Originally recorded for broadcast by the CBC and remastered by David Jaeger, this compilation presents Freedman’s vivid imaginative vision in diverse compositions. “We hear, at various points, the sounds of jazz, impressionism, modernism, minimalism, and many more textures and colours, all blended perfectly to serve Freedman’s expressive purpose,” says Jaeger.

Harry Freedman: The Concert Recordings was made possible through the generosity of the Freedman family, Bill Hewitt, the Jackman Foundation, Michael Koerner, Timothy Price, Don Ross, Katherine Smalley, and Stan Witkin.

Harry Freedman (1922-2005)
Born in Poland and raised in Winnipeg, Harry Freedman studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and played English horn with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In 1970 he became the first composer-in-residence at the TSO. Freedman gave us over 200 compositions in a wide variety of genres. Apart from his impressive technical and artistic achievements, Freedman’s music was often a testament to the cultural vitality of Canada and its prominent cultural figures. His family includes his wife, soprano and voice coach Mary Morrison, and clarinet virtuoso and composer daughter Lori Freedman.

CMC Centrediscs
Over the past 35 years the Canadian Music Centre’s recording label has garnered 7 JUNO Awards (and 39 nominations), 7 East Coast Music Awards (and 16 nominations) and 10 West Coast Music Awards (and 9 nominations). Centrediscs is Canada’s foremost label of contemporary concert music, recording the works of its CMC Associate Composers. Visit centrediscs.ca for more information.

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Nicole Blain
Director, Library Services and Centrediscs
Phone: 416-961-6601 x303
Email: nblain@musiccentre.ca

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