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Sony Logo Sony Classical Masterworks Announces the signing of Daniel Taylor as an Exclusive Recording Artist. Sony Classical Masterworks, one of the largest major recording companies in the world, represents the finest musicians in the world including Yo-Yo Ma, Andrea Bocelli and Joshua Bell. Sony Classical are proud to begin an association with one of the world’s leading early music artists, the Canadian vocal star, Countertenor Daniel Taylor.
Alexander Cowan, UK-based Senior marketing manager for Sony Masterworks International, comments: “Daniel Taylor is a world-class recording artist. We are looking to complement his touring activities with a succession of records to reaffirm his position as one of the most sought-after countertenors in the world.

IMG Logo IMG Artists Europe and Asia : IMG Artists, the global leader in the artist management business, is pleased to announce the signing of Daniel Taylor and the Choir and Orchestra of the Theatre of Early Music. With an unparalleled degree of artistic and managerial talent, IMG is committed to breaking new ground in the ever-evolving world of the performing arts. IMG Artists and Daniel Taylor look forward to beginning their future touring collaborations. Daniel Taylor comments “I am honoured to have the opportunity to work with this brilliant management team which will compliment our work with local agents in South America, Canada and in France.”

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A baroque star on Beyoncé's label
Ottawa-raised countertenor Daniel Taylor on his big deal with Sony:
It’s an almost indescribable feeling, and I find it amazingly satisfying. I find it remarkable that I can have 20 choristers all wanting to be there to make beautiful music. I feel like a bit of a magician. I wave my hands and these sounds appear. It’s an extension of what I’d like to say and what I feel the music is saying, and I feel we’re all calling out together. There’s a sense of awe and wonder in discovering this music together.”
Steven Mazey, The Ottawa Citizen
Thursday, November 20, 2008

Second Sony release
Come Again, Sweet Love......
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Allmusic Reviews Voice of Bach:

“The Bach album of choice...His voice is rich, smooth, and lyrical, and it is deployed to maximum effect in music that seems to reflect the almost sensuous approach Bach took to the depiction of religious contentment. a meditative mood that is intensified by his singing. The overall effect is lovely and increasingly hypnotic as you listen longer. This major-label release is something of a milestone for Canada’s enthusiastic contingent of Baroque performers, who have accumulated technical skills but not always the nerve to break out of conventional ways of doing things. Taylor and his cohorts here are fresh and technically facile in equal measure. Beautifully recorded, and strongly recommended. ”

Come Again, Sweet Love CD Reviews:

"Accompanied by the voices and period instruments of the Theatre of Early Music, celebrated countertenor Daniel Taylor here presents a collection of songs drawn from, or influenced by, Shakespeare, composed by the likes of Gibbons, Purcell and Dowland. Vocal leads and arrangements are shared: the results include a four-part madrigal setting of Gibbons’ "The Silver Swan"; solo pieces accompanied by theorbo, such as Taylor’s poised expression of a woman who "with such sweetness and such justice reigns" in Purcell’s "By Beauteous Softness"; and tenor Charles Daniels’s extended swoon of ardour through Dowland’s "Come Again, Sweet Love Doth Now Invite"."
The Independent, UK, June 2011

"As founder and artistic director of the Montreal-based Theatre of Early Music (TEM) and a singer of international renown with over 60 recordings to his credit, Canadian countertenor Daniel Taylor is now at a point in his career where, on the Sony label, he headlines a recording that counts among its vocal performers Dame Emma Kirkby, Michael Chance and Charles Daniels as well as Carol Sampson and Neal Davies. Drawing on repertoire inspired by, referred to or performed in the plays of Shakespeare, this is a delightful and varied collection of solos, duets and madrigals complemented by adept instrumentalists from two different ensembles: TEM’s Elizabeth Kenny and Jacob Heringman on lute and Fretwork’s Richard Boothby and Richard Campbell on viola da gamba. A most wonderful confluence occurs in the various combinations of voices as in Orlando Gibbons’ The Silver Swan and particularly when countertenors Taylor and Chance duet in Robert Jones’ Sweet Kate and Thomas Morley’s Sweet nymph, come to thy lover. Purcell’s By Beauteous softness and If music be the food of love as well as Johnson’s Full Fathom Five are interpreted with tender affect by Taylor, Sampson and Davies respectively. Charles Daniels is given the title track and Emma Kirby adds a light-hearted flavour to Now what is love? This collection, recorded in London, is highly recommended as a feast of love for a mid-summer’s night."
The Wholenote - Written by Dianne Wells

“As François Filiatrault eloquently points out in the accompanying booklet, music was an integral part of Shakespeare’s plays, as references, as actual songs to be performed and as background music played by an offstage consort. In this new album, Canadian countertenor Daniel Taylor brings together his favourite collaborators in his Theatre of Early Music for a rich, 21-track sampler of all things musically Shakespearean.
Of course, we get the title song, performed this time by tenor Charles Daniels instead of Taylor. Also present is veteran soprano Emma Kirkby in this beautiful-sounding recording made in London's Henry Wood Hall last June. Taylor sings solo for eight of the songs, including the gorgeous opener, "By Beauteous Softness," set by Henry Purcell and accompanied by Elizabeth Kenny on lute. Taylor’s voice, still lush, has darkened over the past few years, adding an even deeper lustre to the melancholy he clearly cherishes. Although the selection of songs covers all moods and occasions, the preponderance is for introspection, if not outright lament. And no one does this as well as Taylor these days. Kenny is a pleasure in a solo Galliard by John Dowland. Fabulous soprano Carolyn Sampson brings a powerful, lithe delicacy to "If Music be the Food of Love," in another Purcell setting. Baritone Neal Davies does well in the ensemble songs as well as in his one solo: John Dowland's "If My Complaints Could Passions Move." There could hardly be finer accompaniment to a rainy summer afternoon."

John Terauds May 31st 2011 Toronto Star

“If you Google the words Shakespeare and songs/music you will find dozens upon dozens of releases but this new 21-track CD by Montreal’s Daniel Taylor will most likely rank up there as one of the best of contemporary times.
Taylor is a star of classical music who established the Quebec-based Theatre Of Early Music a decade ago that often records baroque, Elizabethan music. Taylor is known for his superb countertenor and on Come Again Sweet Love he covers mostly ballads written by Henry Purcell (1659-1695), Edward Johnson (1572-1601), Tobias Hume (1569-1645) and others of the era who sometimes used Shakespeare’s text for their compositions.
There is a lovely song by Dame Emma Kirkby on Now What Is Love? with text by Sir Walter Scott . A few other singers help out as well, but Taylor consistently steals the show on this lengthy classical disc.
There are extensive liner notes making this a musicologists dream release and the few heavenly instruments with lute, viola, theorbo and bass makes this a delightful listen that harkens way back to the antiquities of popular song of the day.
The Guardian, Britain’s mainstay newspaper, heralded Daniel Taylor with "he is part angel, part man....Taylor sings beautifully."’

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The latest Theatre of Early Music Sony recital disc entitled "Come Again, Sweet Love", was released in early June 2011.

A beautiful, exquisite recording that brings to light themes central to the music of Shakespeare’s time: love, abandonment, fortune, death and the passing of time.

Countertenor Daniel Taylor is joined by the finest early-music artists in the world - the voices of Dame Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Sampson, Michael Chance, Charles Daniels and Neal Davies are accompanied by the lutes of Elizabeth Kenny and Jacob Heringman and the viola de gambas of Fretwork's Richard Boothby and the late Richard Campbell - on a moving journey of sound that is the embodiment of human feeling.

By beauteous softness mixed with majesty
Come again, sweet nature’s treasure
Now, what is love?
Fantasie & Toye
Come again, sweet love doth now invite
If music be the food of love
Sweet Kate
Virgin’s muse
Sweet nymph, come to thy lover
Galliard
It was a lover and his lass
Full fathom five
The silver swan
Where the bee sucks
Farewell, dear love
If my complaints could passions move
Weep, O mine eyes
Take, O take those lips away
The Willow song
Semper Dowland, semper dolens
Come again, sweet nature’s treasure (reprise)

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