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Call Number: CD 1759
Ensemble/Performer: Suzie LeBlanc
Organization: Toronto Consort
Media Type: CD
Year of Release: 2017
Record Label: Centrediscs / Centredisques

***2018 JUNO Nominee for Classical Composition of the Year***

Centrediscs is pleased to present:

music for voices and early instruments

Music by James Rolfe

Breathe is a new CD of works for voices and early instruments by Toronto composer James Rolfe. Collaborating with acclaimed Canadian writers André Alexis (Giller Prize winner), Steven Heighton (Governor General’s Award for Literature), and Anna Chatterton (Dora Award winner), Rolfe’s music ranges from intense drama to ethereal lyricism, from virtuosic to serene, portraying the erotic and spiritual aspects of love and longing with his unmistakeable and intimate vocal writing. This recording features luminous performances from such stellar performers as Suzie LeBlanc, Alexander Dobson, Monica Whicher, and The Toronto Consort led by David Fallis.

Canadian composer James Rolfe --”one of our most gifted composers”-- has been performed to critical and audience acclaim across Canada and abroad. He is the recipient of awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Jules Leger Prize for Chamber Music. His music has been described as “powerful and succinct”, “monumental, mesmerizing, breathtaking”, and “the triumphal event of the opera season...astonishing.”

1. BREATHE (17:53)
Music by James Rolfe
Words by Anna Chatterton, Hildergard von Bingen, and Antonio Scandello)
Suzie LeBlanc, soprano
Katherine Hill, soprano
Laura Pudwell, mezzo-soprano
The Toronto Consort
David Fallis, conductor / chef d’orchestre

2. EUROPA (19:27)
Music by James Rolfe
Libretto by Steven Heighton
Suzie LeBlanc, soprano
Alexander Dosbson, baritone/baryton
David Fallis, conductor / chef d’orchestre

3-8. AENEAS AND DIDO (33:48)
Music by James Rolfe
Libretto by André Alexis
Alexander Dobson, baritone/baryton
Monica Whicher, soprano
Toronto Masque Theatre
Exultate Chamber Singers
Larry Beckwith, conductor / chef d’orchestre

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Release date / Date de sortie: 13.10.2017


“It’s rhythmically inventive, almost jazzy in places but always quite ethereal.” - John Gilks, Opera Canada

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