Four Thousand Winter

With the pure voices of The Trinity Choir and Daniel Taylor, FOUR THOUSAND WINTER takes the listener on a journey, both spiritual and historical, to remember and reflect, to hope and rejoice. This album offers music from two millennia: from ancient 6th century chant through the miraculous works of Tallis and Byrd, to beautiful compositions from today by Howells, Larkin, Martin and Taverner. This eloquent sequence of choral masterpieces, full of emotion and simplicity, reminds us that the longing for what is absent may be found in the beauty of the present. Having already released successful recordings for Sony Classical over the past decade, Canadian Daniel Taylor is one of the most sought-after countertenors in the world and appears on more than 100 recordings across choral, a cappella, operatic and soundtrack repertoire. The Times (London) called him ‘Brilliant’ while Gramophone notes ‘his vocal beauty bows to no other’. The Globe and Mail writes ‘his star is rising at the speed of sound,’ ‘Daniel Taylor, a new Conductor on the scene breathing new life into magnificent yet neglected choral masterpieces.’ This is the first recording of The Trinity Choir – a Choir founded and directed by Daniel Taylor.

Press: Interview with Daniel Taylor on CBC Music

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Track Listing
1  Hodie Christus natus est
Composer Anonymous – Lyricist Anonymous

2  The Lamb
Composer John Tavener – Lyricist William Blake

3  Adam Lay Ybounden (Matthew Martin version)
Composer Matthew Martin – Lyricist Anonymous

4  Adam Lay Ybounden (Boris Ord version)
Composer Boris Ord – Lyricist Anonymous

5  Videte miraculum
Composer Thomas Tallis – Lyricist Thomas Tallis

6  Ave Maria
Composer William Byrd – Lyricist William Byrd

7  The Truth from Above
Composer Traditional / Arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams – Lyricist Traditional

8  A Spotless Rose
Composer Herbert Howells / Arranger Catherine Winkworth

9  Es ist ein ros entsprungen
Composer Michael Praetorius – Lyricist Anonymous

10  There Is No Rose of Such Virtue
Composer John Joubert – Lyricist Anonymous

11  Ther Is No Rose of Swych Vertu
Composer Anonymous – Lyricist Anonymous

12  In the Bleak Midwinter
Composer Gustav Holst – Lyricist Gustav Holst

13  Adam Lay Ybounden (Matthew Larkin version)
Composer Matthew Larkin – Lyricist Anonymous

14  O radix Jesse
Composer Anonymous – Lyricist Anonymous

The Heart’s Refuge / Le Refuge du Coeur

Le Refuge du Cœur, un nouvel album de chefs-d’œuvre de musique liturgique interprétés de façon magistrale par les ensembles Theatre of Early Music et Schola Cantorum, dirigés par le chef et contre-ténor Daniel Taylor. Un voyage musical exaltant! Disponible dès maintenant sur http://www.analekta.com/.

Presenting… The Heart’s Refuge! A new disc of liturgical masterpieces masterfully interpreted by the Theatre of Early Music and Schola Cantorum, conducted by Daniel Taylor. An exhilarating musical journey ! Available now at http://www.analekta.com/.

Miscellaneous Quotes

“Beauty of his voice will stop you in your tracks” -GRAMOPHONE


“In this latest release from Canadian label Analekta, Daniel performs a disc of ‘Ave Maria’s’ written by Caccini, Schubert, Byrd, von Bingen, Monteverdi and others, so provides a definitive disc of this repertoire performed by a world class singer.” CLICK HERE TO READ FULL REVIEW
-FANFARE MAGAZINE REVIEW of Ave Maria, ANALEKTA

“He his rising in the operatic firmament as fast as the speed of sound.” -Globe and Mail

“This was a heart-breaking, profound journey” -BARCELONA NATIONAL

“In the world of baroque music no two individuals more deserve the label ‘superstar’ than countertenor Daniel Taylor and the great English soprano Emma Kirkby. Kirkby and Taylor shared the stage… it was an unforgettable experience.” -Ottawa Citizen

“Taylor’s tone is ravishing – ineffably dulcet but focused, and wonderfully honest, undeniably true.” -Opus

“A disc as lovely as this should not be overlooked. Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater has hardly lacked for fine recordings over the years but here we have a performance of real distinction and allure. The tempo for the slow Fac ut ardeat is judged to perfection, with its sense of motion ensuring that the textual meaning is perfectly conveyed. Pergolesi’s compact Salve Regina again evinces strongly meditative qualities in this performance. Here, in the Bach setting of the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Taylor is joined by Emma Kirkby and their rapport is obvious, the voices well blended, and as before the reflective sense of the chosen tempi conveys a great deal. The depth and pathos are everywhere apparent. …this reflective disc brings impressive and sensitive qualities to bear, and should on no account be overlooked.” -musicweb-international.com

“Emma Kirkby at her most serene is matched by Taylor as if they were two faces of a single musical entity… this is a disc not to be missed.” -BBC Music Magazine

“…with the gentle and sweet introduction of the sonata, director Daniel Taylor leads us with his singular and wondrous technique – with his soft, warm and deeply moving voice – through the painful expression of devotion found in the Vivaldi Stabat Mater and the remarkable Salve Regina. Emma Kirkby joins Daniel in pure emotional harmony and the listener can only marvel at this degree of interpretation – recommended!” -Classic CD Germany

“Were Emma Kirkby and Daniel Taylor singing straight Pergolesi here, we might find their interpretation cool and lacking in edge, but with Bach’s more abstract text, the purity of the voices and the effortless delivery seems perfect. Taylor’s performance of Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater is also as intimate as it gets.” -Globe and Mail

“This is a beautifully produced and skilfully executed programme which confirms that Daniel Taylor is a Bach interpreter of discernment and excellent taste.” -Classics on Line

“Daniel Taylor’s breath control is exemplary, often effortlessly taking only a single breath over astonishingly long legato lines. His approach to the piece is gentle, with pure-toned pianissimos and floating cantilenas exuding a kind of exquisite despondence.” -allmusic.com

“Daniel Taylor’s moving exploration transcends.” -GRAMOPHONE

107th Bethlehem Bach Festival

May 2 – 10, 2014 107e édition du Bethlehem Bach Festival.

May 2 & 9, 2014
4:00pm
Packer Memorial Church
Lehigh University
Bethlehem
Pennsylvania
USA
107th Bethlehem Bach Festival J S Bach:
Two of Bach’s most gem-like masterpieces,
Cantata 106 (God’s time is the very best time) and
Cantata 131 (Out of darkness I call, Lord, on Thee)
are performed by ensembles from The Choir.

Our Canadian friend, Daniel Lichti, celebrates his 40th anniversary as a professional singer
with a performance of Bach’s sublime Cantata 56 (The cross shall be my welcome burden)

Information / Tickets : Bethlehem Bach Festival

May 2 & 9, 2014
8:00pm
Packer Memorial Church
Lehigh University
Bethlehem
Pennsylvania
USA
107th Bethlehem Bach FestivalWorks by Bach and his most famous son, C.P.E. Bach (on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of his birth) illuminate our journey.
Cantata 19 (There arose a great strife), written for the Feast of Saint Michael,
explores the eternal theme of the battle between good and evil;
C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat brings its message of hope and the exaltation of the humble and meek to all generations;
and Bach’s immortal Cantata 34 (O light everlasting) ends with the great chorus proclaiming “Peace be to Israel.”

Soloists:
Agnes Zsigovics, Rosa Lamoreaux, Daniel Taylor,
Benjamin Butterfield,
William Sharp and Daniel Lichti.

The Bethlehem Bach Choir
Conductor: Greg Funfgeld

Information / Tickets : Bethlehem Bach Festival

May 3 & 10, 2014
Part 1: 2:30 pm
Part 2: 4:30 pm
Packer Memorial Church
Lehigh University
Bethlehem
Pennsylvania
USA
107th Bethlehem Bach FestivalJ S Bach: B Minor Mass
The heart of the Festival since 1900.

Soloists:
Agnes Zsigovics, Rosa Lamoreaux, Daniel Taylor,
Benjamin Butterfield,
William Sharp and Daniel Lichti.

The Bethlehem Bach Choir
Conductor: Greg Funfgeld

Information / Tickets : Bethlehem Bach Festival

May 4 2014
1:00 pm
Peter Hall, Moravian College
Bethlehem
Pennsylvania
USA
107th Bethlehem Bach FestivalYoung American Singer Competition
The 10 young finalists of this national Bach vocal competition sponsored by the American Bach Society and The Bach Choir of Bethlehem each perform two Bach arias for a distinguished panel of judges.

Free Admission, no tickets required

 

2 & 9 mai, 2014
16h00
Packer Memorial Church
Lehigh University
Bethlehem
Pennsylvanie
États-unis
107e édition du Bethlehem Bach FestivalDeux des plus beaux chefs-d’oeuvre de Bach:
la cantate 106 (Le temps de Dieu est le meilleur des temps) et
la cantate 131 (Des ténèbres, je vous implore, Seigneur)
interprétées par des ensembles du Chœur.

Notre collègue et ami, Daniel Lichti, célèbre ses 40 ans de carrière de chanteur,
en interprétant la sublime cantate 56 de Bach (La Croix sera mon fardeau bienvenu).

Le Chœur Bach Bethlehem
chef: Greg Funfgeld

Information / billets : Bethlehem Bach Festival

2 & 9 mai, 2014
20h00
Packer Memorial Church
Lehigh University
Bethlehem
Pennsylvanie
États-unis
107e édition du Bethlehem Bach FestivalDes oeuvres de Jean-Sébastien Bach et de son fils C.P.E Bach (à l’occasion de son 300e anniversaire de naissance) illuminent notre voyage en musique.
La cantate 19 (Il fût un grand combat), composée pour la fête de St-Michel, explore le thème universel de la lutte entre le Bien et le Mal.
Le Magnificat de C.P.E Bach apporte son message d’espoir et d’exaltation pour les humbles et les pacifiques à travers les générations;
L’oeuvre immortelle de Bach dans la cantate 34 (O Lumière Éternelle) se conclura par le grand chœur proclamant “Paix soit sur Israël”.

Solistes:
Agnes Zsigovics, Rosa Lamoreaux, Daniel Taylor,
Benjamin Butterfield,
William Sharp et Daniel Lichti.

Le Chœur Bach Bethlehem
chef: Greg Funfgeld

Information / billets : Bethlehem Bach Festival

3 & 10 mai, 2012
Première partie : 14h30
Deuxième partie: 16h30
Packer Memorial Church
Lehigh University
Bethlehem
Pennsylvanie
États-unis
107e édition du Bethlehem Bach FestivalJ S Bach: Messe en si mineur
Le cœur du festival depuis 1900
Solistes:
Agnes Zsigovics, Rosa Lamoreaux, Daniel Taylor,
Benjamin Butterfield,
William Sharp et Daniel Lichti.

Le Chœur Bach Bethlehem
chef: Greg Funfgeld

Information et billets: Bethlehem Bach Festival

4 mai, 2014
1:00 pm
Peter Hall, Moravian College
Bethlehem
Pennsylvania
USA
107e édition du Bethlehem Bach FestivalConcours de Chant des Jeunes Artistes Américains

Les dix jeunes finalistes du Concours National de Chant Bach présenté par la Société Américaine Bach et le Chœur Bach Bethlehem interpréteront chacun deux airs de Bach devant un panel de juges reconnus.

Gratuit, aucun billet requis

The Queen, the Bear, and the Bumblebee

May 17 at 3pm:  This collaborative stage production combines dance and storytelling with chamber music and song. The original book comes from the generous heart of Dini Petty who conjured up the tale for children at the Toronto SickKids Hospital.

Some of Calgary’s best professional artists have joined forces to create this magical presentation, based on the award-winning CD. The Queen, the Bear, and the Bumblebee was previously workshopped in a theatre arts residency at The Banff Centre.

This production also features dozens of kids from Banff Elementary School. Recommended for children ages 5-12, but created with the entire family in mind.

THE QUEEN, THE BEAR, and THE BUMBLEBEE

Written by Dini Petty
Lyrics by Dini Petty
Music composed by Mark D. Goldman and Andrew Homzy
Orchestration by Andrew Homzy

Narrated by Samantha Whelan Kotkas with La Caravan Dance Theatre
Special Guest Soloists and the Bumblebee Symphony Orchestra
Erin Thrall, Director

Maya Lewandowsky, Choreography and Stage Adaptation
Louis Beaudoin, Set Design
Anni Kuhn, Costumes
Paul Grindlay, Choirmaster

Presented with permission of The Children’s Group Inc., based on the award-winning CD The Queen, The Bear & The Bumblebee copyright 2000DNS Inc. / (SOCAN)  All rights reserved.

More information here.