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Gravity and Grace

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Field Notes:  Winner of the 2014 JUNO AWARD for Classical Composition of the Year!

"Bolstered by great performances by the core piano trio and guests, Bell’s music shimmers and shrieks, grumbles and growls."
Max Christie, Whole Note

music by Allan Gordon Bell

1. Field Notes: I. Confluence

2. Field Notes: II. Medicine Wheel

3. Field Notes: III. Fugitive Colours

4. Field Notes: IV. Sunset Chorus: Outcrop

5. Phénomènes: I. Open Range

6. Phénomènes: II. Eclair

7. Phénomènes: III. Eruption Solaire

8. Sweetgrass: I. Fields I

9. Sweetgrass: II. Smoke I

10. Sweetgrass: III. The World is a Box of Souls

11. Sweetgrass: IV. Smoke II

12. Sweetgrass: V. Fields II

13. Trails of Gravity and Grace: I. Ascent

14. Trails of Gravity and Grace: II. Cascade

15. Trails of Gravity and Grace: III. Virgia

16. Trails of Gravity and Grace: IV. Ephemera

17. Trails of Gravity and Grace: V. Flight

My Life in Widening Circles

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“The ensemble playing is immaculate and the blending of sound is enhanced by the fact that all three instruments were constructed by the same luthier, Christopher Sandvoss, who was also the producer of the recording session.”
David Olds, Editors Corner on My Life in Widening Circles (Centrediscs)

“One outstanding feature of this CD (My Life in Widening Circles) is the search for truth one senses in both the compositions and their respective performances; another outstanding feature is the top-notch quality of music-making here. We have much intelligence and passion implicit in these five performances.”
James Strecker Reviews the Arts

music by R. Murray Schafer

1. Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello

2. Wild Bird

3. Kinderlieder: I. Mailied

4. Kinderlieder: II. Der pflaumenbaum

5. Kinderlieder: III. Die maske des bosen

6. Kinderlieder: IV. Hollywood

7. Kinderlieder: V. Wer ist zu haus?

8. Kinderlieder: VI. Patriotisches lied

9. Kinderlieder: VII. Die vogel im winter

10. Kinderlieder: VIII. Diepappel Vom Karlsplatz

11. Kinderlieder: IX. Wiegenlied

12. Duo for Violin and Piano: I. Brightly

13. Duo for Violin and Piano: II. Very slowly, expressively

14. Duo for Violin and Piano – III. With great vigour and intensity

15. 6 Songs from Rilke's Book of Hours: No. 1

16. 6 Songs from Rilke's Book of Hours: No. 2

17. 6 Songs from Rilke's Book of Hours: No. 3

18. 6 Songs from Rilke's Book of Hours: No. 4

19. 6 Songs from Rilke's Book of Hours: No. 5

20. 6 Songs from Rilke's Book of Hours: No. 6

Rollin’ Down #1

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Winner of the 2006 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Classical Recording!

"...the diversity and range of styles are huge, like the landscape. And somehow the vast prairies and the optimistic soul of Western Canada are nicely caught...It's a labour of love for this group and it shows. I'll give it the full 5 stars."
Rick Phillips on CBC's "Sound Advice"

In early 2005, President and master luthier Christopher Sandvoss approached the players and Board of Directors of the Land's End Society of Calgary with an idea concerning Alberta's Centennial. Part of the Land's End mandate is to perform works by contemporary Alberta composers. As such, we have our finger on the pulse of new music in Alberta, making us ideal spokespersons for composers and musicians who write and perform new music of today. Chris suggested that we broaden that mandate, in celebration of the Alberta Centennial, and dedicate our 2005-2006 season to exploring music from the early days of the province.

The idea gained momentum, and soon the project expanded to include works by composers from the last 107 years in Alberta and Saskatchewan, with a Centennial CD, tour, and educational package for schools and libraries in both provinces. Land's End has commissioned two new compositions for this CD, one by Shane Fage of Calgary and the other by Neil Currie of Saskatoon. This project would not have been possible without the research and dedication of Kat Hammer, the tireless efforts of Past President Paul Fielding, the amazing energy and musicianship of John Lowry, and the vital contribution of board member Angela Kempf. We are grateful to Canadian Heritage, Alberta Lottery Fund, Canada Council, and Calgary Regional Arts Foundation for providing the funding for this venture. Sarah Sandham has coordinated the marshalling of resources for the CD and the tour.

We know you will enjoy this musical portrait of the first 100 years of music composed in Alberta and Saskatchewan. We hope this music will inspire you to go to a new music concert in your community, and support the incredibly talented composers who live and work in Alberta and Saskatchewan today.

Dr. Mark Hopkins
Artistic Adviser/Conductor (formerly)
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"...Land's End Chamber Ensemble's first recording is an impressive debut..." - Malcolm Tattersall (Music and Vision, 2004)

Visit our Education section for materials and listening examples related to this album.
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1. March from I.O.U. March & Two-Step, Vernon Barford

2. Dream Shadows from A Prairie Suite No. 1, Jack Bullough

3. Meditation, Op. 39, Clifford Higgin

4. Walk Slowly, Graham Morgan

5. Partita in the Style of J. S. Bach, Leonard Leacock

6. I. Prelude 3: Lengto - come elegia, Violet Archer

7. II. Prelude 6: Allegro appassionato, Violet Archer

8. Recollections, Robert Fleming

9. Divertimento No. 3, Moderato - Adagio maestoso, Murray Adaskin

10. String Quartet, Adagio intensito, Allegro scintillante, Thomas Schudel

11. Intimacies, Malcolm Forsyth

12. Lumen, Simulacra, Allan Gordon Bell

13. Anamnesis IV, Nebelland: Adagio, William Jordan

14. Searching for Sophia, Dance: Andante con moto, Elizabeth Raum

15. Counter-Linear Continua: The Descending Ascent, Howard Bashaw

16. Serein, Howard Bashaw

17. Duo Solista [excerpt], Hope Lee

18. Soundplay 1, David Eagle

19. Places of transcendence: prairie, by the side of the road, midnight, Shane Fage

20. Rollin' down #1, Neil Currie

Four Degrees of Freedom

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Winner of the 2005 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Classical Recording!

“Land’s End Chamber Ensemble’s first recording … is an impressive début, with first-rate performances and excellent production. The repertoire is a bold selection, saying, ‘We’re here, we’re good, we’re happy to entertain you and just as happy to challenge you’”
Malcolm Tattersall, Music & Vision

1. Sonata No. 2, George Antheil

2. Between Tides, Toru Takemitsu

3. Three Preludes for Piano: Violento, Gordon Rumson

4. Three Preludes for Piano: Arioso, Gordon Rumson

5. Three Preludes for Piano: "In modo ironico", Gordon Rumson

6. String Trio, Sofia Gubaidulina

7. String Trio, Sofia Gubaidulina

8. String Trio, Sofia Gubaidulina

9. Saudades do Brasil: Ipanema, Darius Milhaud

10. Saudades do Brasil: Tijuca, Darius Milhaud

11. Saudades do Brasil: Sumare, Darius Milhaud

12. Four Degrees of Freedom, Kelly-Marie Murphy