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Chamber Music - Released June 18, 2021 | ATMA Classique

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Classical - Released May 28, 2021 | ATMA Classique

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At the beginning of the 19th century, the composer and guitar-maker collaboration enriched the guitar with a variety of models, materials, and techniques. At the time the guitar was “the fashionable instrument,” a must in music halls and European courts. In this second volume of guitar stories, guitarist David Jacques brings together 15 instruments made by the best luthiers of the 19th century. These rare guitars are part of his important private collection. Originally from Saint-Georges de Beauce, au Québec, David Jacques holds a doctorate in early music performance from the University of Montreal. He first studied classical guitar at Cégep de Sainte-Foy, Laval University and the Conservatoire de musique de Québec. He has collaborated on more than fifty recordings on the XXI-21, ATMA, Oz and Analekta labels, many of which have been nominated for ADISQ, JUNOs, Opus Awards and ECHO Classiks. © ATMA Classique
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Classical - Released May 28, 2021 | ATMA Classique

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ATMA Classique is pleased to present the label debut of Canadian organist Matthew Larkin. Recorded on the Opus 550 Casavant Organ at St. Paul Anglican Church in Toronto, this two-album organ recital showcases the remarkable scope and beauty of one of North America’s signature pipe organs. Larkin’s recital offers a vast range of periods and styles, including music by composers ranging from Bach to Keith Jarrett, along with works by Canadians Healey Willan, Ernest MacMillan, and Andrew Ager. “In selecting repertoire, my aim was to feature not only the majestic power of the instrument, but its ability to speak to the whole range of human emotions”, says Larkin. © ATM Classique
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Classical - Released April 16, 2021 | ATMA Classique

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Canadian ensemble ¡Sacabuche! brings to life unknown yet stunning works of seventeenth-century Habsburg music located in the Czech, Kromeríž, and other European archives. Vivid writing for violins, cornettos, trombones, theorbo and organ colors these works by composers of the mid-17th century in Austria and Czech lands - Giovanni Valentini (1582–1649), Antonio Bertali (1605–1669), Giovanni Battista Buonamente (1595–1642), and Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky (1633–1693), among others. Their music is a testament to the storied tradition and opulence of the Habsburg court and its expansive influence. In 2021, ¡Sacabuche! marks 15 years of engaging audiences with performances of beautiful and lesser-known repertoire for baroque trombones, strings, lute, organ, and voice. Directed by Canadian bass Baroque trombonist Linda Pearse, ¡Sacabuche! is noted for its dedication to creative and appealing interpretations of early Baroque and late Renaissance masterpieces and for its willingness to explore intercultural works through innovative programs. © ATMA Classique
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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released April 2, 2021 | ATMA Classique

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Classical - Released March 26, 2021 | ATMA Classique

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Canadian pianist Jean-Philippe Sylvestre performs works for piano by Maurice Ravel, recorded on an Érard piano built in 1854. "The concept and performance of a work are affected by the instrument one plays”, says Jean-Philippe Sylvestre. “To bring out the Baroque character of two pieces, Le Tombeau de Couperin and Menuet sur le nom de Haydn, I wanted a piano with harpsichord-like articulation and sonority. That is why I decided to record this album on an Érard, a very special piano whose sonority and vibrations recreate the sounds, soul and mood of the time of Ravel and of the first Impressionists”. © ATMA Classique
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Chamber Music - Released March 19, 2021 | ATMA Classique

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Horn player Louis-Philippe Marsolais devotes an entire album to chamber music for horn by German composer Paul Hindemith (1895-1963). He is joined by pianist David Jalbert, Pentaèdre wind ensemble, and horn players from the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Paul Hindemith (1895–1963), an avant-garde composer, remarkable violinist and violist, conductor, and outstanding theorist and pedagogue of the beginning of the 20th century, is one of the key figures in music of the interwar period. At times calm and introspective or complex and tumultuous, his always riveting music is nowadays too seldom performed; an unfortunate reality that has given birth to this recording project honoring the music for horn by one of the most prodigious composers of the 20th century. © ATMA Classique
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Classical - Released February 12, 2021 | ATMA Classique

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"L'homme armé" is a musical journey into the music of the Court of Burgundy in the 15th century. Under the direction of Andrew McAnerney, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal offers a program of motets by the first Franco-Flemish polyphonists - Guillaume Dufay, Antoine Busnois, Josquin des Prés and Gilles Binchois (whose motet A solis ortus cardineis is recorded for the first time). Sung a cappella or accompanied by sackbuts, this music reflects the subtle art of vocal counterpoint. Praised for its “rich-textured, vibrant sound” and “hypnotic beauty”, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM) has established a reputation as Canada’s finest early music vocal ensemble. Founded in 1974 by Christopher Jackson, Réjean Poirier and Hélène Dugal, the Studio’s mission is to perform sacred and secular early music, with a particular focus on choral works composed before 1750. Acclaimed for his early music interpretations, Andrew McAnerney has directed the Studio de musique anciennede Montréal since 2015. A former member of the Tallis Scholars, Andrew’s career has included music making in over 20 countries with many of the world’s foremost early music ensembles. © Atma Classique
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Chamber Music - Released January 22, 2021 | ATMA Classique

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“A technically perfect duo with a personal style.” (Classica) Spanish music is the focus of "Tapeo", a new recording by cellist Cameron Crozman and pianist Philip Chiu. Works by Gaspar Cassadó, Manuel de Falla, Joaquin Turina are performed on "El Tiburon," a circa 1769 Spanish cello attributed to Joannes Guillami, and generously loaned by the Instrument Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts. “I fell in love with Spain the moment I first stepped into a tapas bar in the middle of Barcelona”, says Crozman. “Each of the short pieces on this album was chosen for its own unique flavor and will give you a musical taste of Spain’s incredibly diverse and rich culture. And just as Spanish food would be unthinkable without the tomatoes and potatoes of the New World, so too it felt like an album of Spanish music would be incomplete without a couple gems from Hispanic America”. © Atma Classique
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Classical - Released December 4, 2020 | ATMA Classique

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Classical - Released November 13, 2020 | ATMA Classique

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Canadian ensemble Notturna offers a charming instrumental version of the opera L'Amant jaloux ("The jealous lover") by André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry (1741-1813). This anonymous arrangement for flute, oboe, violin, viola, and bass was found in the Biblioteca Estense di Modena. Though undated, it was likely transcribed in 1778, the year Grétry composed the opera. Founded in 2006 and directed by oboist Christopher Palameta, Notturna is a chamber collective whose “spirited and sensitive playing” (Early Music America) draws on the transparency and expressiveness of early wind instruments to paint fresh pictures of an unexplored historical repertoire. Notturna has toured extensively in North and South America and Europe, creating vivid and dynamic programmes that its musicians interpret with zeal and uncompromising depth. © ATMA Classique
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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 6, 2020 | ATMA Classique

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For her first solo album with ATMA Classique, the celebrated Canadian soprano Hélène Brunet has chosen baroque and classical arias that have always been part of her life and for which she feels a deep affinity. Under the direction of Eric Milnes, the period ensemble L'Harmonie des saisons accompanies her in this program featuring music by Bach Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart and Leonardo Vinci, whose two arias are recorded here as world premieres. “I remember being completely enamored, at fifteen, with Vivaldi’s famous aria Nulla in mundo pax sincera, attempting head voice singing for the first time and discovering the peculiar lightheaded effects of this new vocal technique. Being able to record this sublime aria twenty years later is a dream come true”, says Hélène Brunet. Hélène Brunetis hailed by the critics as "a singer of tremendous quality" with "a voice of perfect beauty and sincere expression". Recognized for her interpretations of Bach, Handel, and Mozart, her repertoire extends from Baroque to the music of the 20th and 21st century. She sings at the Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, with the American Bach Soloists in San Francisco, the American Classical Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York City, and with the Orchestre Métropolitain under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who says, "Hélène Brunet is the embodiment of class, refinement, and purity". © Atma Classique
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Chamber Music - Released November 6, 2020 | ATMA Classique

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The latest recording by Molinari Quartet presents Krzysztof Penderecki's major chamber music works, including three string quartets, a clarinet quartet, a string trio, and some short pieces for strings. An outstanding figure in contemporary Polish music, Krzysztof Penderecki died on 29 March 2020 in Krakow. His catalogue includes more than 160 works covering a wide range of styles, from sonorism to post-Romanticism, from folkloric to religious music, from dodecaphonism to tonal music. The Molinari Quartet has established itself as one of Canada’s leading string quartets. Recipient of 20 Opus Prizes awarded by the Quebec Music Council for musical excellence on the province’s concert stages, the Molinari Quartet as been described by critics as an “essential” and “prodigious” ensemble, even “Canada’s answer to the Kronos or Arditti Quartet”. © Atma Classique
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Chamber Music - Released October 23, 2020 | ATMA Classique

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Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the death of composer Jacques Hétu, Pentaèdre Wind Ensemble and pianist Philip Chiu present a recording devoted to works by this renowned Canadian composer. The program reflects Hétu's great interest in wind instruments. From his Wind Quintet to the Elegy for bassoon and pieces for flute and piano, this new recording invites the listener to discover an expressive and modern musical universe. A unique musical ensemble on the Canadian landscape, Pentaèdre explores a diversified and original chamber music repertoire. Founded in 1985, the five artists-musicians forming the quintet are recognized for the talent, technique, precision and color they bring to their performances. The ensemble has toured extensively across Canada, and also in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Lauded as “...a pianist-painter who turns every musical idea into a beautiful array of colors”(La Presse), Philip Chiuis acclaimed for his brilliant and sensitive playing. As a soloist and chamber musician, he appears in recitals with leading international musicians including James Ehnes, and Regis Pasquier. Chiuperforms regularly with Jonathan Crow, concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony, and Andrew Wan, co-concertmaster of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. © Atma Classique
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Classical - Released October 9, 2020 | ATMA Classique

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Known for its daring and youthful performances, the ensemble Les Barocudas makes its Atma Classique recording debut with "La Peste", a musical journey that explores the theme of the plague. The members of the Montreal-based trio, Marie Nadeau-Tremblay, Ryan Gallagher (viola da gamba), and Nathan Mondry, have compiled a program in which each piece corresponds with an episode or aspect of this 17th century pandemic. All of the composers selected for this album — Schmelzer, Castello, Fontana, Pandolfi, Rossi, Farina — were violinists, and all of them were affected by the plague, in some cases, fatally. © Atma Classique
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Classical - Released September 25, 2020 | ATMA Classique

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Classical - Released September 11, 2020 | ATMA Classique

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Chamber Music - Released May 22, 2020 | ATMA Classique

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Classical - Released May 1, 2020 | ATMA Classique

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Winner of first prize at the 2017 Concours Musical International de Montréal, pianist Zoltán Fejérvári makes his ATMA debut with a recording devoted entirely to the music of Robert Schumann. Fejérvári recorded the album at Domaine Forget in Saint-Irénée, Québec. “Fejérvári’s playing is multi-layered and precise, requiring full concentration on the part of the audience. Every note has its own particular dynamic, character, and expression.” (Kulturvollzug) His solo recording debut, dedicated to piano works by Janáček, was released in January 2019 and earned rave reviews as “the most sensitive and deeply probative recording” of that composer’s work (Gramophone). Zoltán Fejérvári has emerged as one of the most intriguing pianists among the newest generation of Hungarian musicians. Recipient of the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2016, Fejérvári has appeared in recitals throughout the Americas and Europe. © Atma Classique
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Classical - Released May 1, 2020 | ATMA Classique

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With "Saints inouïs", Ensemble Scholastica offers a unique exploration of medieval sacred music from the Creuse (France), a musical heritage dating back nearly a thousand years. These distinctive songs were composed and sung for liturgies in honour of Saint Pardoux, Saint Yrieix, and the Conception of the Virgin. The service for St. Yrieix is likely the oldest of those presented on this recording: the modal formulas and ranges are typical of the Gregorian repertoire of the great manuscripts of the 10th and 11th centuries. The services for St. Pardulf and the Conception of the Virgin likely date from the 12th century, when liturgical chant had already distanced itself considerably from the earlier tradition. Ensemble Scholastica is Canada’s only female vocal ensemble specializing in the performance of medieval plainchant and polyphony from the 9th to the 14th centuries. © Atma Classique