…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
Eclectic Instrumental & Vocal
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
Roy Thomson Hall by Dennis Patterson, Jan 11-13, 2021
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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