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The Madrigal Singers draw from music from all periods and styles for their repertoire. Our recordings offer a wide range of examples of the music we study and perform, with a focus on music of the last two centuries.

Included are several premiere recordings of works by Gavin Bryars and Jonathan Dove, as well as Canadian composers Allan Bevan, Eleanor Daley, Leonard Enns, Malcolm Forsyth, Ruth Watson Henderson and James Rolfe.

For ordering information and prices of any of our CD recordings, please contact us at mads@ualberta.ca.

Hesperides
2009
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Features the cycle for chorus and two harps by Canadian composer and University of Alberta professor emeritus, the late Malcolm Forsyth

The Passing
of the Year

2004
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Features the world premiere recording of the title song-cycle by British composer Jonathan Dove
my soul,
there is a country

2001  
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Features the first recording of British composer Gavin Bryar's On Photography, Allan Bevan's Three Motets on Poems by Henry Vaughn, as well as other British and Canadian music
Balulalow: Anthems, Carols and Lullabies for Christmas
1999
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Features American composer Conrad Susa’s Christmas in the Southwest: Carols and Lullabies and music by Mendelssohn, Kverno, Robinson and Canadian composers Allan Bevan, Eleanor Daley and Mark Sirett
Musicians
Wrestle Everywhere

1997
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Features the first recording of Leonard Enns’s Most Glorious Lord of Lyfe, as well as Morten Lauridsen’s Six Fire Songs on Italian Renaissance Poems and repertoire by Elgar, Howells, Rachmaninoff and Reger


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Hesperides
Hesperides

UAMS 200905
2009

Gabriel Fauré
(1845-1924)
  1. Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
    Nora Bumanis Harp

Otto Olsson
(1879-1964)
  1. Rex Gloriose Martyrum
Arvo Pärt
(b. 1935)
  1. Which Was the Son of ...
Gustav Holst
(1874-1934)

Two Eastern Pictures

  1.  Spring
  2. Summer
    Women’s Chorus
    Nora Bumanis Harp
Robert Pearsall
(1795-1856)
  1. Lay a Garland
  2. My Luv’s Like a Red, Red Rose
    Nora Bumanis, Julia Shaw Harps
Malcolm Forsyth
(1936-2011)

Hesperides:
A Song Cycle for Mixed Choir and Two Harps

  1. I: The Argument of his Book..
  2. II: (To his Booke) Another
    Rob Curtis Bass
  3. III: To the Virgins, to make Much of Time
  4. IV: How Roses came red
  5. V: The Kisse.  A Dialogue
  6. VI: The shooe tying
  7. VII: On Julia’s breath – Cherrie Ripe – To Anthea
    Dawn Bailey Soprano
    Christine Browne-Munz Mezzo
    Kirstel Harder Alto
  8. VIII: How Violets came blue
  9. IX: Upon Julia’s breasts
  10. X: To his Mistresses
  11. XI: To Silvia to wed
  12. XII: On himselfe
    Nora Bumanis, Julia Shaw Harps
George Shearing
(b. 1919)
  1. Who is Silvia?
    (from Songs and Sonnets of Shakespeare)
    Roger Admiral Piano
Bruce Sled
(b. 1975)
  1. Simba-Samba
arr. Moses Hogan
(1957-2003)
  1. Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?

Funding for this recording received from:
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
President’s Fund for the Creative and Performing Arts, University of Alberta

Recordings:
Wednesdays at Winspear series
CBC Edmonton
April 2003 (live)

Winspear Centre for Music
April 2006

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
Sherwood Park, Alberta
April 2007

 

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The Passing of the Year
ARKTOS 200477
2004 Arktos Recordings Ltd.

Gerald Finzi
(1901-1956)
  1. God is Gone Up
    Op. 27, No. 2
Ruth Watson Henderson
(b. 1932)
  1. Magnificat
    Lindsay Schneider – Soprano
Charles Wood
(1866-1926)
  1. Hail, Gladdening Light
Johannes Brahms
(1833-1897)
  1. Geistliches Lied, Op. 30
Max Reger
(1873-1916)

From Acht Geistliche Lieder, Op. 138

  1. Der Mensch lebt und bestehet nur eine kleine Zeit (Op. 138, No. 1)
  2. Nachtlied (Op. 138, No. 3)
Felix Mendelssohn
(1809-1847)
  1. Ave Maria
    Op. 23, No. 2

    John Brough, C.D. Saint Tenor
    Erika Vogel, Carmen So Soprano
    Lindsey Sikora, Erin Henry
    Alto
    Robert Clark, Christian Bérubé
    Bass
    Marnie Giesbrecht
    Organ
Andrew Ager
(b. 1962)
  1. Let Not My Love be Called Idolatry
Jonathan Dove
(b. 1959)
The Passing of the Year
(Song cycle for double chorus and piano)
Roger Admiral – Piano
 
  1. Invocation
  2. The Narrow Bud Opens Her Beauties to the Sun
  3. Answer July
  4. Hot Sun, Cool Fire
  5. Ah, Sun-Flower!
  6. Adieu! Farewell Earth's Bliss!
  7. Ring Out, Wild Bells
Assisting artists: Marnie Giesbrecht, organ and Roger Admiral, piano

The Passing of the Year was recorded at Winspear Centre (Edmonton, Alberta) and features the Davis Concert Organ. It received 4 stars out of 5 from Rick Phillips, the host of Sound Advice on CBC Radio Two 90.9 FM on Saturday, June 12, 2004. MORE

Diane Wells of the Wholenote Magazine, a Toronto-based monthly magazine, reviewed this CD. MORE


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my soul, there is a country...

my soul, there is a country...
ARKTOS 200149
2004 Arktos Recordings Ltd.

Allan Bevan
(b. 1951)

Three Motets on Texts of Henry Vaughan
(2001)

  1. The Eclipse
  2. Revival
  3. Peace
John Tavener
(b. 1944)
  1. Svyati (1995)
    Tanya Prochazka Cello
Jean Coulthard
(1908-2001)
  1. Threnody (1935)
James Rolfe
(b. 1961)
  1. Come, Lovely and Soothing Death
    (2000)
James Rolfe
(b. 1961)

Three Songs From Poems
by E. Pauline Johnson (1998)
Ardelle Ries Conductor

  1. Shadow River
  2. Overlooked
  3. At Sunset
French-Canadian
Folk Song

(1880-1968)
arr. Healey Willan
  1. Rossignol du vert bocage (1933)
    Haley Simons Piano
Healey Willan
(1880-1968)
  1. In Youth is Pleasure
Irish Folk Song
(1887-1974)
arr. Alfred Whitehead
  1. At the Mid-Hour of Night
Bruce Sled
(b. 1975)
  1. Jing-ga-lye-ya
Gavin Bryars
(b. 1943)

On Photography (1983)

  1. I: Expressa solis spiculo
  2. II: Expressa solis…
    Tersa, perfetta imagine
  3. III: Resonare fibris
    Roger Admiral Piano
    Stillman Matheson Harmonium (synthesizer)

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Balulalow: Anthems, Carols & Lullabies for Christmas

Balulalow: Anthems, Carols & Lullabies for Christmas
ARKTOS 99037
1999 Arktos Recordings Ltd.

Eleanor Daley
(b. 1955)
  1. Gabriel's Message
Mark Sirett
(b. 1952)
  1. Thou shalt know Him
Mark Sirett
(b. 1952)
  1. Balulalow
arr. Allan Bevan
(b. 1951)
  1. The Huron Carol
Felix Mendelssohn
(1809-1847)

Sech Sprüche Op. 79

  1. Im Advent
  2. Weihnacheten
  3. Am Neujahrstage
  4. In der Passionzeit
    Jolaine Kerley – Soprano
    Wendy Grønnestad – Alto
    Tim Shantz – Tenor
    Chris Giffen – Bass
  5. Am Charfreitage
  6. Am Himmelfahrstage
Hugo Wolf
(1860-1903)
  1. Ergebung
Orlando di Lasso
(1524-1594)
  1. Bone Jesu
arr. Daniel Gawthrop
(b. 1949)
  1. Low, how a rose
Trond Kverno
(b. 1945)
  1. Corpus Christi Carol
    Jolaine Kerley – Soprano
    Gillian Brinston – Alto
    John Brough, Tim Shantz – Tenor
    Chris Giffen, Laurier Fagnan – Bass
  2. Make we joy
Conrad Susa
(b. 1935)

Caroles and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest
Nora Bumanis – Harp
Trevor Sanders – Guitar
Jonathan Sharek – Marimba/Vibraphone

  1. ¡Oh, mi Belén (Biscayan)
  2. El Desembre Congelat (Catalonian)
  3. Alegria (Puerto Rican)
    Chris Giffen, John Giffen, Laurier Fagnan – Bass
  4. A la Nanita Nana (Spanish)
  5. Las Posadas (Spanish)
    Dale Zielke – Tenor
    Chris Giffen, John Giffen, Laurier Fagnan – Bass
  6. Campana sobre Campana (Andalucian)
  7. En Belén Tocan a Fuego (Castilian)
    Meghan Schutt, Tracy Fehr – Soprano
    Tim Shantz – Tenor
  8. El Noi de la Mare (Catalonaian)
    Jolaine Kerley – Soprano
    Benila Ninan – Alto
    John Brough – Tenor
    Chris Giffen – Bass
  9. Chiquirriquitin (Andalucian)
  10. El Rorro (Mexican)

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Musicians Wrestle Everywhere

Musicians Wrestle Everywhere
ARKTOS 97016
1997 Arktos Recordings Ltd.

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

All-Night Vigil, Op. 37

  1. I. Priidite, poklonimsya
  2. VI. Bogoroditse Devo, raduisya
Sir Edward Elgar
(1857-1934)
  1. There is Sweet Music
Elliott Carter
(b. 1908)
  1. Musicians Wrestle Everywhere
Felix Mendelssohn
(1809-1847)
  1. Mitten wir in Leben sind
    Op. 23, No. 3
Leonard Enns
(b. 1948)
  1. Most Glorious Lord of Lyfe
Max Reger
(1873-1916)
  1. O Tod wie bitter bist Du
    Op. 110, No. 3
Morten Lauridsen
(b. 1943)
  1. I. Ov'e, Lass, Il Bel Viso?
  2. II. Quando Son Più Lontan
  3. III. Amor, lo Sento L'alma
  4. IV. Io Piano
  5. V. Luci Serene e. Chiare
  6. VI. Se Per Havervi, Oime

Spiritual
arr. Diane Kolander Loomer

  1. Soon ah will be done wi' de troubles of dis worl
    Soloists – Tom Macleay, Catherine Kubash
Herbert Howells
(1892-1983)
  1. Antiphon

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