Voces Boreales

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Sungods - Brian Current (938.77 kb)
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Hiroshima Mon Amour: 2. Elle, from - Robert Lemay (938.77 kb)
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SKU: CD-CMCCD 18713
Call Number: CD 1587
Media Type: CD
Year of Release: 2013
Record Label: Centrediscs / Centredisques

Yoko Hirota, Piano

Voces Boreales (Northern Voices) signifies two ideas: Northern Ontario, Yoko Hirota’s residence for the last twelve years, and Canada as a whole, which is seen as the Northern country to many Europeans. Having performed contemporary music in Canada and abroad for almost two decades, Hirota has had the privilege of meeting composers whose aesthetics and musical universes are helping to shape Canada’s musical identity. ‘Voces Boreales’ features solo piano works by five such distinguished Canadian composers – Brian Cherney, Brian Current, Robert Lemay, François Morel, and Laurie Radford. Two of these works, Trinôme by François Morel and Nachtstücke by Brian Cherney, were written for Hirota, and were premiered during her Small is Beautiful 2011/2012 solo recital tour at my Discovery Series (University of Calgary) and New Music Concerts (Toronto) recitals, respectively.

Having been praised by the press as “precise and keenly projective” and demonstrating “the highest level of proficiency,” Japanese-Canadian pianist Yoko Hirota is considered one of the leading interpreters of contemporary piano repertory of her generation.

Ms. Hirota is a strong advocate of contemporary music, in particular music by Canadian composers. Her first CD, “The Piano Music of Arnold Schoenberg with 17 Fragments,” was released to critical acclaim and was listed as one of Essential Tracks by The Globe and Mail. Her latest CD “Small is Beautiful: Miniature Piano Pieces”, made possible through funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council, was released in 2009.

Works/Tracks

1. Sun Gods 7:20
Brian Current
2 - 5. Hiroshima Mon Amour 9:22
Robert Lemay
6. Roiling 12:53
Laurie Radford
7 - 17. Nachtstücke 16:36
Brian Cherney
18. Trinômes - I. Asagao 7:26
François Morel





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