Found Frozen

CMCCD 30222_Found Frozen_Album CoverFound Frozen is a new CD from Centrediscs featuring songs by Jeffrey Ryan.  The centrepiece of the disc is his Miss Carr in Seven Scenes.  It’s a setting of extracts from Emily Carr’s notebooks for mezzo-soprano and piano performed here by Krisztina Szabó and Steven Philcox.  I’ve heard them do the piece twice live, including the premier, and I really don’t have much to add to what I wrote then.  It’s a terrific piece.

The first set on the disc though is Found Frozen.  It’s a setting of three poems by Helen Hunt Jackson about Death and Remembrance.  It’s scored for soprano and piano and sits quite high much of the time.  The piano part is busy and somewhat minimalistic.  It’s sung by Danika Lorèn with Steven Philcox again at the piano.  It’s very good singing indeed.  There are long sustained notes that are navigated with aplomb and her diction is excellent, even in the very high passages.

Continue reading

DAM’s Le comte Ory

So, by a perhaps odd coincidence, various singers from Kathy Domoney’s stable are involved in productions of Rossini’s Le comte Ory at assorted Canadian houses in the near future; either as principals or understudies, so why not pull together some sort of performance of the work?  That happened last night at Trinity St. Paul’s in a “narrated production” by François Racine.  I had some ida what to expect as I had talked to François earlier in the week.

DAMcomte

Continue reading