Cambria Master Recordings (2017)
University of Toronto Schools: Alumni Musicians and Friends
Derek Bate, Aaron Dou, Su Jeon Higuera, & Annie Zhou – Piano
Billy Bao, Conrad Chow, Amir Safavi, Emma Meinrenken, & Aaron Schwebel – Violin
Donna Oh & Ronald Royer – Cello, Mark Laidman – Bass, Rebecca Moranis – Flute, James Sommerville – Horn, Cynthia Smithers – Soprano, Alastair Thorburn-Vitols – Boy Soprano, David Fallis – Narrator, & Alex Eddington – Conductor
10 -11. Alex Eddington (1980-): Bubblegum Delicious (based on poetry by Dennis Lee) (7:40 & 6:20): Cynthia Smithers – Soprano, Rebecca Moranis – Flute, Conrad Chow – Violin, Donna Oh – Cello, Aaron Dou – Piano, David Fallis – Narrator & Alex Eddington – Conductor (Premiere Recording)
Total Time: 72:38
Featuring newly composed Canadian and traditional European chamber music, I Remember is a compilation of artists reflecting on youth through music. The recording explores themes of playfulness, passion, nostalgia, joy, and love. These themes were in mind when five Canadian composers wrote their music and the performers chose the other pieces. All performers and Canadian composers featured on this CD are connected to University of Toronto Schools (UTS). Affiliated with the University of Toronto, UTS focuses on providing students from Grades 7 to 12 an exceptional academic experience. The music on this CD is an eclectic collection, representing an institution that supports varied individual interests, and celebrating a passion for learning.
Ronald Royer – Danzon (8:37)
Conrad Chow, Aaron Schwebel-Violins, Ronald Royer-Cello & Aaron Dou-Piano (Premiere Recording)
Danzon is inspired by two divergent sources, the city of Los Angeles and the In Nomine section of the Mass Gloria tibi Trinitas by John Taverner (c.1490-1545). Originally, this work was the fourth movement of my Dances with Time, a concerto for Flute, Cello, and Chamber Orchestra. For Danzon, the In Nomine musical material serves as the melodic inspiration and is transformed through the prism of Los Angeles, which contributes musical elements from Latin America and Film Noir movie scores.
Since I was born, grew up and began my career in Los Angeles, I felt Danzon would fit the theme: I Remember. I arranged Danzon to allow me to perform with two of my former UTS students (violinists Conrad Chow and Aaron Schwebel), and a current senior student, pianist Aaron Dou.