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Recording Samples
(pianist, composer)

Recording samples (pianist)

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Johannes Brahms, Intermezzo No. 2 in A Major Op. 118 No. 2 (CD: “A Few of our Favourite Things,” pianists James Wright and Elena Ilin, released December 2014)

 

Alexander Alabiev, Mazurka in C Minor (CD: “A Few of our Favourite Things,” pianists James Wright and Elena Ilin, released December 2014)

 

Frédéric Chopin, Nocturne Op. 32 No. 1 in B Major (CD: “A Few of our Favourite Things,” pianists James Wright and Elena Ilin, released December 2014)

 

Claude Debussy, “Claire de Lune,” from Suite bergamasque (CD: “A Few of our Favourite Things,” pianists James Wright and Elena Ilin, released December 2014)

 

Gustav Mahler (arr. Otto Singer), “Adagietto, Sehr Langsam,” from Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (CD: “A Few of our Favourite Things,” pianists James Wright and Elena Ilin, released December 2014)

Recording samples (collaborative pianist)

Grigoraş Ionică Dinicu, “The Lark” (“Ciocârlia”/”Die Lerche”) – with Romanian-Canadian violin virtuoso Ioan Harea (CD “Ballade”)

John Wall Callcott’s Early Erlking

“Der Erlkönig” (1782), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s haunting poem about an evil spirit that haunts the Thuringian Black Forest, is arguably the grand-daddy of all literary ballads about seductive and malevolent goblins. This is a recording of a little-known English part-song setting of Matthew “Monk” Lewis’s translation of Goethe’s poem, by composer John Wall Callcott (1766-1821).  Callcott’s Erlking pre-dates Schubert’s famous 1815 setting by nearly twenty years, and offers some valuable insights into both early Goethe reception and the late 18th-century Gothic craze that was sweeping Britain during the 1790s.
Featured performers: Doreen Taylor-Claxton (soprano –child); Kevin Hassell (countertenor – father); Gary Dahl (baritone – Erlking); James Wright (piano).

Recording samples (compositions)

Wo Ich Bin (1st movement) from Letters to the Immortal Beloved
Julie Nesrallah and the Gryphon Trio, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, July 27, 2012 (Live recording).

“Mein Engel,” Letters2, (2nd movement), from Letters to the Immortal Beloved
Julie Nesrallah and the Gryphon Trio, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, July 27, 2012 (Live recording).

December (3’09″): CBC/McGill Concert Series: Youth Choir Gala 2009 December
Recorded by the Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa and pianist Laura Hawley, directed by Jackie Hawley
(Broadcast on CBC Radio 2 from McGill University, Montréal, Christmas Day, 2009)

To Young Canadians (4’00): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_GKyaJ-gEo
Cypress Press, Vancouver (2013)

Quilled Sonnet (2’41″)
QuilledSonnet(JWrightMBerzensky)DoreenTaylorClaxton(sopr)andValerieDueck(pno)
Music: James Wright    Text: Michael Berzensky
Excerpt from CD: “HAIL – Canadian Art Song” (Label: CanSona Arts Media)
Doreen Taylor-Claxton (soprano) & Valerie Dueck (piano)
© Copyright-In Need of Song Collaborations (829982089458)

Pie Jesu (4’47″): Track_04_Pie_Jesu_ORYC__Cantabile
Excerpt from Requiem (dedicated to the victims of 9/11)
Ottawa Regional Youth Choir and pianist Robert Palmai, directed by Barbara Clark (Knox Presbyterian Church, November 11, 2008)

Snow – 09 Track 9 (3’33″) Excerpted from “A Gallery of Song: Spirit of the Land” (2003) – 9th (final) movement
Recorded by Ottawa Children’s Choir and pianist James Wright, directed by Jackie Hawley

Snow, Excerpted from “A Gallery of Song: Spirit of the Land” (2003) – 9th (final) movement
Recorded by the Kanata Children’s Choir and pianist James Wright, directed by Jackie Hawley