Choral Canadians

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This week’s edition of the Choral Mix is a survey of the vast musical landscape of Canada, from early music ensembles to modern masterpieces. We can’t hear it all, but you get a sense of the composers and ensembles that have made Canada such a rich source of choral music and musicians.


Canada has produced an amazing array of choral talent – composers, conductors, singers, accompanists – but most of them aren’t known outside of their home country. Yet.



Harry Somers: Northern Lights

Elektra Womens Choir

Morna Edmunson, Conductor

Album Title: Legacy



Bruce Sled: Ice

Musica Intima

Album Title: Into Light

ATMA Classique 2613


Faure: Messe Basse



Agnus Dei

Vancouver Chamber Choir

CBC Vancouver Orchestra

John Washburn, Conductor

Album Title: Missa Brevis



Raminsh: Ave Verum, Corpus

Musica Intima

Album Title: Into Light

ATMA Classique 2613


Willan: How They So Softly Rest

Elora Festival Singers

Noel Edison, Conductor

Album Title: In the Heavenly Kingdom

Naxos 8557734


Bach: Der Geist hilft


Tafelmusik Chamber Choir

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Ivars Taurins, Conductor

Album Title: Bach Motets Bwv 225-230



R Murray Schafer: Three Songs from the Enchanted Forest:

I. Sweet Clover

II. Ariane’s Lament

III. Lu-li-lo-la

Vancouver Chamber Choir

John Washburn, Conductor

Album Title: Imagining Incense: The Choral Music R Murray Schafer, Vol 3

Grouse Records #106


Eleanor Daley: Requiem: In Remembrance

Choir of St. John’s Elora

Noel Edison, Conductor

Album Title: Hear My Prayer: Hymns and Anthems



Ruth Watson Henderson: 2 Love Songs:

The Passionate Shepard to His Love

The Nymph’s Reply

Elmer Iseler Singers

Lydia Adams, Conductor

Album Title: Watson Henderson: Choral Music