“Distance” by the Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul


Enregistrement réalisé les 6, 7 et 8 novembre 2020 à l’église St. Andrew and St. Paul, Montréal (Québec), Canada

Recorded on November 6, 7, and 8, 2020, at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, Montreal (Quebec), Canada

Réalisateurs/Producers: Elias Dubelsten et/and Simon Rivard

Ingénieur du son/Recording engineer:  Elias Dubelsten

Montage/Editing: : Elias Dubelsten

Mixage/Mixing: Mark Donahue

Mastering: Mark Donahue

March 2020. The world comes to a standstill, everything is put on hold, and the voices of millions of singers worldwide are abruptly silenced. The consequences of the pandemic are disastrous, social distancing becomes our new normal, along with an oppressive sense of isolation. Creativity and music, although nearly impossible at the beginning of the confinement, appear to be the only releases from this unprecedented situation.

The inspiration for this recording was born as pandemic-caused discouragement was at its lowest ebb. Precisely at the moment when music seemed to be at a full stop, the need to create and express seemed most acute. Thanks to an innovative group of singers and creative partners, our voices were finally able to sound anew as of this autumn. This recording was made at the height of the second wave of the pandemic, as Montreal was at the maximum public health alert level. Throughout this eclectic program we explore the different faces of distance: absence, separation, physical and spiritual distance, as well as the sense of distance that can sometimes take hold within ourselves. Paradoxically, the works on the programme have allowed us to explore themes of hope, resilience, the appreciation of simple pleasures, and the development of our sense of community and common purpose.

The concept of distance was central to our experience in making the recording, as the public health guidelines in effect imposed specific working conditions. Musically, the repertoire explores the theme of distance through works for double choir, works by composers from historically under-represented communities, works that form bridges from music of the past to more contemporary traditions, as well as works that reflect the calm and serenity that the pandemic has also brought us.

This recording is a memento of the situation that affects us in 2020. In these difficult times the project has brought us together, despite our enforced physical distance. We are happy to invite you to this distanced musical universe, with an especially warm embrace of shared experience.

Jean-Sébastien Vallée

(translated by Jonathan Oldengarm)

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Tracks / Pistes

1- Agnus Dei – Samuel Barber
Kimberley Lynch, soprano

2- Magnificat  – Trevor Weston
Jonathan Oldengarm, orgue

Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229 – Johann Sebastian Bach        
Jonathan Oldengarm, clavecin; Elinor Frey, violoncelle

3- I. Komm, Jesu, komm

4- II. Aria: Drum schließ ich mich in deine Hände

5- Lux aeterna – Edward Elgar (arr. John Cameron)

6- When the Violin – Reena Esmail

Stephanie Manias, soprano; Charlotte Cumberbirch, alto; Haitham Haidar, ténor; Léo McKenna, basse

Elinor Frey, violoncelle

7- O crux splendidior – Sulpitia Cesis

8- A Child’s Prayer – James MacMillan
Stephanie Manias et  Ellen Wieser, sopranos

9- and the swallow – Caroline Shaw

10- Ni de l’est ni de l’ouest – William Kraushaar

11- Nunc Dimittis – Sergei Rachmaninoff
Emmanuel Hasler, ténor

Laudibus in sanctis – Uģis Prauliņš

Stephanie Manias, soprano; William Duffy, contre-ténor / countertenor; Emmanuel Hasler, ténor / tenor; Nathaniel Watson, baryton / baritone; William Kraushaar, basse / bass

12- Laudibus in sanctis Dominum

13- Voce potestatem

14- Lauda Dei

15- Hunc arguta

16- Omne quod aethereis

17- Hallelujah

Additional information

Dimensions 11.98562 × 12.065 cm