Canadian Expeditions

Playlist on YouTube

World Premiere Recordings (Tracks 2-15)

Track 1 was previously released on Night Star, Chamber Music by Ronald Royer – Akashic Classics, AE23001.

Odin Quartet – Alex Toskov and Tanya Charles Iveniuk, Violins, Veronica Lee (1) and Laurence Schaufele (14), Violas, and Samuel Bisson, Cello.

Tracks

  1.  Ronald Royer – Danzón Overture Remix, for String Quartet and Percussion (6:08) Odin Quartet, Alejandro Céspedes, Percussion
  2. Bruno Degazio – Variations on The Wayfaring Stranger, for Clarinet, Cello and Piano (10:04) Kaye Royer, Clarinet, Ronald Royer, Cello, Talisa Blackman, Piano 
  3. Brandon Walker – Pastoral, for Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello (4:41)  Gillian Howard, Oboe, Corey Gemmell, Violin, Brenna McLane, Viola, Ronald Royer, Cello 
  4. Elizabeth Raum – Conversations for Flute and Piano (Excerpts) Lesley Duff, Flute, Talisa Blackman, Piano 
    • Greeting, No. 1 (2:00)
    • Gossip, No. 3 (2:43)
    • Quarrel, No. 4 (2:04)
  1. Iranian Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT) – Images, for Clarinet, Trumpet, Bassoon, and Cello
    Kaye Royer, Clarinet, Declan Scott, Trumpet, Larkin Hinder, Bassoon, Ronald Royer, Cello
    • Maziar Heidari – Dunes, for Trumpet and Bassoon (2:32)
    • Keyan Emami – Canebrake, for Clarinet and Cello (2:03)
    • Saman Shahi – Carnival, for Clarinet, Trumpet, Bassoon and Cello (2:42)
  2. Elizabeth Raum – Elegy from Phanton Drum, for Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello (4:58) Gillian Howard, Oboe, Corey Gemmell, Violin, Brenna McLane, Viola, Ronald Royer, Cello
  3. Ronald Royer – Toccata, for Violin and Piano (4:00) Corey Gemmell, Violin, Lisa Tahara, Piano 
  4.  Rebekah Cummings – Embryo, for Flute and Electronics (8:37) Laurel Swindon, Flute
  5.  Daniel Mehdizadeh – Koozeh (Two Thousand Silent Pots of Clay), for Wind Ensemble (4:43) Winds of the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Ronald Royer, Conductor
  6. Samuel Bisson – EPITAPH foratonality, Concertpiece for String Quartet and Orchestra (11:09) Odin Quartet, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Ronald Royer, Conductor
  7. 11, Encore: Ronald Royer – Variations on Green Bushes, for Solo Violin (6:51)  Corey Gemmell, Violin 

The Canadian Expedition album invites listeners to buckle up for a variety of musical journeys. Written by 10 Canadian composers, these excursions are inspired by musical and cultural elements from Canada, the United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. These expeditions range from the exciting cinematic orchestral showpiece, Epitaph, to the intimacy and humour of the solo violin Variations on Green Bushes. The composers use a variety of styles, instruments and themes, engaging listeners in thoughtful, and fun adventures. 

This album also is a sequel to the SPO’s first commercial album, Canadian Panorama (2017). Both albums showcase a group of Canadian composers and professional performers who are part of SPO’s extended family. The SPO is thankful for all their efforts on this album, and we are pleased to present their talents to a national and international audience through this recording. 

Night Star

Available on all your favorite streaming services at: https://li.sten.to/z0wvbvb5

Canadian Panorama

Winds of the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra

Ronald Royer, Conductor

Works by
Howard Cable, Alex Eddington, John S. Gray, Jim McGrath, Chris Meyer, Alexander Rapoport, and Ronald Royer.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the SPO has released its first commercial CD recording, featuring The Winds of the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Ronald Royer, with Sarah Jeffrey (oboe), Gabriel Radford (horn) and Kaye Royer (clarinet). Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Jeffrey (1st oboe), and Gabriel Radford (3rd horn) are featured in Royer’s Rhapsody for Oboe, Horn and Wind Ensemble.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of FACTOR in the making of this recording. The CD launch of the CD is generously supported by FACTOR, the SOCAN Foundation1 the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

Reviews


” … this recording and the music so beautifully performed on it are. and will continue to be for many years. a precious gift to us all in the year of our nation’s 150th birthday.”

Allan Pulker
The Whole Note

“I’ve been listening to one such treasure [CD sent to the author for review], a CD called Canadian Panorama. It’s a tuneful recording, a natural way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.”

Leslie Barcza
barczablog.com

“Kudos to the Scarborough Phil… their latest venture certainly merits accolades.”

Jack MacQuarrie
The Whole Note

“The winds of the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra has a rich ensemble sound I don’t normally encounter with wind ensembles. If you like wind ensemble music, this disc is for you.”

Ralph Graves
WTJU 91.1FM – The University of Virginia

BEHIND THE SCENES

A tribute to Howard Cable: “McIntyre Ranch” – Canadian Panorama

https://youtu.be/YYCxkDA6DSA Members and friends of the SPO discuss “McIntyre Ranch” by Howard Cable, from their CD recording, “Canadian Panorama.”
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Alex Eddington and musicians talk about “Saturday Night at Fort Chambly” from Canadian Panorama

https://youtu.be/HyzQ2dejdHE Members and friends of the SPO discuss “Saturday Night at Fort Chambly” by Alex Eddington, from their CD recording, “Canadian Panorama.”
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Ron Royer and musicians talk about “Travels With Mozart” from Canadian Panorama

https://youtu.be/f9VuQFjZzfo Members and friends of the SPO discuss “Travels With Mozart” by Ron Royer, from their CD recording, “Canadian Panorama.”
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Jim McGrath and musicians talk about “Serenade” from Canadian Panorama

https://youtu.be/yCfSRFSDic0 Members and friends of the SPO discuss “Serenade for Clarinet and Winds” by Jim McGrath, from their CD recording, “Canadian Panorama.”
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Alexander Rapoport and bassist David Lasker talk about “Whirligig” from Canadian Panorama

https://youtu.be/DXB74hCgNgc Members and friends of the SPO discuss “Whirligig” by Alexander Rapoport, from their CD recording, “Canadian Panorama.”
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John S. Gray and Iris Krizmanic (horn) talk about “Allemande” from Canadian Panorama

https://youtu.be/3ARTgcD5G5Q Members and friends of the SPO discuss “Allemande” by John S. Gray, from their CD recording, “Canadian Panorama.”
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