Music for Self-Isolation

Top Classical Album 2021 - CBC Music

The Vancouver Sun calls it, “A masterpiece of creative invention…
Stuart Derdeyn, 5 things to know about Music for Self-Isolation

It takes a special skill to be able to create a whole atmosphere in a work that is just 2 minutes long. I really liked that.
Suzy Klein, BBC Radio 3 Essential Classics

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…an extraordinary new…album
William Littler, Toronto Star

Truly a record of our times. There is a sense of loss and shared spirit in this music. It is saying, we might not be able to be together but let’s BE together.
Paolo Pietropaolo, CBC Radio In Concert

…these are distinct, lonesome miniatures, capturing the thoughts, hopes, and exhaustions of a difficult time. Contrary to the title, this is music against social isolation. Now that the recording has arrived, we can give them the ovation they deserve.
Samuel Rogers, A Closer Listen

The results are mournful, thoughtful, joyful – expressing the range of emotions the pandemic has evoked.
Anya Wassenberg, Ludwig van Toronto

Centrediscs is proud to present, Music for Self-Isolation, recorded at Toronto’s iconic Roy Thomson Hall, in the three days before another COVID-19 lockdown in January 2021. This album is a culmination of a project that has been evolving over a year in collaboration with musicians around the world.

This album features 25 musicians, all alone in an empty concert hall, reliving the emotions of each of the 31 solos and duos from the Music for Self-Isolation suite. Through the grace of technology, they also all come together for the world premiere of Together in Spirit.

If music is an essential aspect of our humanness, responses to the pandemic like Horvat’s make it clear that musicians are essential
workers. – WholeNote Magazine

Recording funded in part thanks to generous support from:

Recording funded in part thanks to FACTOR

Recording funded in part thanks to the Toronto Arts Council

Canada Council for the Arts

Music for Self-Isolation - composed by Frank Horvat


Eclectic Instrumental & Vocal


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Amahl Arulanandam (cello), Tara Baxendale (voice), John Campbell (voice), Theodore Chan (double bass), Tanya Charles Iveniuk (violin), Brent Crawford (classical guitar), Kristin Day (bassoon), Michael Fedyshyn (trumpet), Vanessa Fralick (trombone), Audrey Good (horn), Meredith Hall (voice), Frank Horvat (piano), Kathryn Ladano (bass clarinet), Christopher Lee (flute), Richard Moore (marimba, vibraphone), Andrew Noseworthy (electric guitar), Joseph Petric (accordion), Anthony Rapoport (viola), Aleh Remezau (oboe), Iris Rodrigues (voice), Jennifer Stephen (tuba), Peter Stoll (clarinet), Lisa Tahara (piano), Jennifer Tran (saxophone), Sharlene Wallace (harp)

Composed & Produced By

Frank Horvat

Recorded At

Roy Thomson Hall by Dennis Patterson, Jan 11-13, 2021

Mastered By

Dennis Patterson

Cover Photo

Mélissa Calixte

Release Date

9 April 2021

Just listen and let the music take you within yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
– Allan J. Cronin, New Music Buff

The album reminds us that music is among the most mysterious and highest order of human skills. – Andrew Timar, The WholeNote Magazine

They are nice little pieces… a contemporary document and musical remnant of the pandemic. – Remy Franck, Pizzicato

They showcase pretty much every instrument, giving them their own individual stage. The project then went global.
– Jack Pepper, Scala Radio Classical Music for Modern Life

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