Ash Roses

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Media Type: CD
Year of Release: 2014
Record Label: Centrediscs / Centredisques

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.


1. – 6. Ash Roses
Mireille Asselin, soprano
Liz Upchurch, piano

7. Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
Lawrence Williford, tenor / ténor
Mireille Asselin, soprano
Liz Upchurch, piano

8. – 15. The Four Seasons
Lawrence Williford, tenor / ténor
Liz Upchurch, piano

16. – 18. Three Songs for High Voice and Harp
Lawrence Williford, tenor
Sanya Eng, Harp

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