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 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.”
IMG Artists is the global leader in the arts management business, combining the highest standards of management with an
incomparable range of services to its customers and clients alike. With offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris,
Hanover, Lucca and Singapore, IMG Artists delivers an international suite of capabilities including the management and
touring of the finest musicians, dance companies, orchestras, and attractions, as well as consulting and advisory work for
sovereign clients, arts institutions, concert halls, and culturally engaged corporations. Dynamic and diverse, IMG Artists will continue to
seek out distinctive partnerships and craft collaborative initiatives in the years to come.
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
TREE OF LIFE
Latest release on Sony Classical,
November 25th 2016.
Amazon.ca : Most Wished For
albums in Canadian Classical lists
THE TREE OF LIFE as #1
and FOUR THOUSAND WINTER as #2
Nov 2016 : Sony Music Entertainment Canada is pleased to announce a new recording from celebrated Canadian Daniel Taylor and the Trinity Choir.
The Tree of Life, a follow up to Taylor’s critically acclaimed Four Thousand Winter, will be released internationally by Sony Classical
on Friday, November 25, 2016.
Within this beautiful sequence of Christmas music ancient and modern we find a stillness that is central to the experience -
an awakening. The Tree of Life takes the listener on a new journey drawing each of us through the notes and through the moments of silence between them.
Here we remember and reflect, hope and give thanks.
These compositions span over fourteen hundred years, from a sixth-century chant to the miraculous works of Parsons and Mouton to the remarkable compositions from today by Pärt, Britten and Tavener.
Among the pieces we find the "Seven Antiphons" by Arvo Pärt, disarmingly impassioned, otherworldly; the extraordinary "Hymn to the Mother of God" by John Tavener,
and Benjamin Britten’s transformative "Hymn to the Virgin". In close kinship with these profound offerings,
the restrained ecstasy of "Nesciens Mater" by Jean Mouton, the "Ave Maria" of Robert Parsons and the moving
"Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" by Elizabeth Poston, bring forth a sense of serene wonder.
Recorded in London, England with esteemed producer Nicholas Parker and bathed in the acoustics of Saint Augustine,
The Tree of Life features the Trinity Choir including choristers from across Canada and members of the Tallis Scholars,
the Gabrieli Consort and the Monteverdi Choir. These are magnificent interpretations that Daniel Taylor directs with passion and dedication.
The pure voices of The Trinity Choir include the best of today's soloists from the UK and Canada's choral scenes including vocal stars:
tenors Charles Daniels and Jeremy Budd, Sopranos Rebecca Genge and Ellen McAteer and baritones Alexander Dobson, Andrew Mahon and Geoffrey Sirett.
The album was recorded in London, England with esteemed record producer Nicholas Parker and engineer Andrew Mellor.
The Tree of Life - in stores now.
You can order it on
Dec 21st 2016:
Amazon.ca : Most Wished For
albums in Canadian Classical lists
THE TREE OF LIFE as #1
and FOUR THOUSAND WINTER as #2
The latest Sony recital disc entitled
"Tree of Life"
.......... now available!
Recorded in London, England with esteemed producer Nick Parker and engineer Andrew Mellor, Tree of Life features the
Trinity Choir including Theatre of Early Music choristers from across Canada with members of the Tallis Scholars, the Gabrieli Consort and the Monteverdi Choir.
1. Puer Natus Est
Anonymous, introit chant for the Third Mass of Christmas Day
Soloist: Jeremy Budd, tenor.
2. O Weisheit
Arvo Pärt (b.1935) from 7 Magnificat-Antiphonen, no.1
3. O Adonai
Arvo Pärt from 7 Magnificat-Antiphonen, no.2
4. Nesciens Mater
Jean Mouton (1459-1522) / lyrics: New Testament
5. The Lamb
John Tavener (1944-2013) / lyrics: William Blake (1757-1827)
6. Hymn to the Virgin
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) / lyrics: Anonymous 13th century
Soloists: Ellen McAteer, soprano. David Clegg, alto. Nicholas Pritchard, tenor. Alexander Dobson, bass.
7. O Spross
Arvo Pärt from 7 Magnificat-Antiphonen, no.3
8. O Schlüssel
Arvo Pärt from 7 Magnificat-Antiphonen, no.4
9. O Morgenstern
Arvo Pärt from 7 Magnificat-Antiphonen, no.5
10. The Deer's Cry
Arvo Pärt / lyrics: Saint Patrick of Ireland 5th century
11. Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
Elizabeth Poston (1905-1987) / lyrics: Joshua Smith (1760-1795)
12. Salvator Mundi
Anonymous / lyrics: New Testament
Soloist: Charles Daniels, tenor
13. Ave Maria
Robert Parsons (1535-1572) / lyrics: Old Testament
14. O König
Arvo Pärt from 7 Magnificat-Antiphonen, no.6
15. O Immanuel
Arvo Pärt from 7 Magnificat-Antiphonen, no.7
16. Hymn to the Mother of God
John Tavener (1944-2013) / lyrics: St. Basil the Great (329/30 - 379)
17. Veni, Veni Emmanuel
Anonymous / lyrics: 7th century
Early Tree of Life CD Reviews:
"another stunningly beautiful release of incredible vocal music."
FINANCIAL TIMES, UK, Dec 22 2016
The Tree of Life - review
An atmosphere of spiritual calm pervades a programme embracing a range of simple and rapt choral favourites
The running theme of this disc is the Seven Magnificat-Antiphons by Arvo Pärt, written for the seven days leading up to Christmas Eve.
They bestow an atmosphere of spiritual calm that pervades a programme embracing a range of simple and rapt choral favourites, Tavener’s "The Lamb",
the youthful Britten’s "Hymn to the Virgin", and Elizabeth Poston’s lovely "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree".
Daniel Taylor gets first-rate singing from The Trinity Choir.
Looking at some of the names in its ranks, the quality of the choir’s sound and ensemble is hardly surprising.
Christmas Gift Ideas from the Bach Choir and Friends
Posted on December 18, 2016
The Blog of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, by choir member David Ruhf
Also, another dear friend of The Choir, our beloved countertenor soloist, Daniel Taylor, has been working on a few recording projects
for Sony with his new Trinity Choir, an assemblage of frightening talent from the highest echelons of choral performance.
The two discs theyíve released, thus far, have both been of Christmas music. Four Thousand Winterwas released last year, and the
follow-up disc is entitled Tree of Life. Both discs are absolutely stunning, and have at their centers large works of renaissance
polyphony (Tallisí Videte Miraculum in the former, and Jean Moutonís especially-glorious Nesciens Mater, in the latter).
Filling out the programs on both discs are smaller works, both ancient and modern, with the unifying link of unusual spiritual
and intellectual depth. The engineering and sonics are fabulous (both were recorded in churches with exceptional acoustics in London),
and the performances are tears-in-your-eyes revelatory. Particular favorite tracks are Matthew Martinís Adam Lay Ybounden,
John Joubertís There is No Rose(unknown to me before the recording, now a reliable moment of transcendence),
and all of Arvo Pšrtís Seiben Magnificat-Antiphonen. The Antiphons are particularly evocative, and Danielís
group is my new reference recording, not least in part because of the inextricable and achingly complementary
relationship between performers and acoustics in these works. No digital or electronic tinkering can outshine a
fantastic choir in a fantastic room. If you need an escape from all of the holiday clatter, you could hardly do
better than these recordings, which are available from Amazon and on iTunes.
December 11th 2016, CBC Radio 2 In Concert:
Paolo Pietropaolo featured The Tree of Life as his CD of the week!
hbdirect.com - Dec 2016
Having already released successful recordings for Sony Classical over the past decade, top Canadian and world-renowned counter-tenor
and vocal music director Daniel Taylor follows up on his highly successful and critically acclaimed Four Thousand Winter album with
another stunningly beautiful release of incredible vocal music. The Tree of Life includes stunning a cappella vocal performances
by The Trinity Choir in a beautiful juxtaposition of poignant 20th century works with early music gems, all realized with Daniel’s
dedicated attention to detail and creative expertise. The repertoire includes Arvo Pärt’s Magnifcat-Antiphonen, John Tavener’s
The lamb and Hymn to the Mother of God and Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin amongst others. The pure voices of The Trinity
Choir include the best singers from the UK’s most lauded choirs and the best Canadian soloists of today.
Matthew Parsons - CBC Nov 2016
When Daniel Taylor's Trinity Choir released its 2015 Christmas album "Four Thousand Winter", it impressed even
the committed scrooges here at CBC Music. And now, a year later, the choir has returned with a record in a very similar mould.
Like its predecessor, "The Tree of Life" features music spanning two millenia: from chants dating back to the earliest days of Christmas
celebrations, to contemporary works by Arvo Pärt and John Tavener. But this new album has a concept and a goal of its own.
"The Tree of Life takes the listener on a spiritual journey" wrote Daniel Taylor in the album’s liner notes,
"guiding us through the notes to the moments of silence between them: here we remember, reflect and give thanks."
The album is structured around Pärt’s Seven Magnificat-Antiphons, a collection of gloriously straightforward settings of
sixth-century sacred texts. Around the scaffolding of these seven short pieces, Taylor and his choir build a meditative musical
experience that’s a far cry from the standards-and-sleigh-bells approach to Christmas music. Tavener’s setting of William Blake’s "The Lamb"
is so static, you might find yourself slipping into a trance by the end of its brief running time. Robert Parsons’s placid
"Ave Maria" will immediately purge your mind of more familiar settings by Schubert and Gounod. And Benjamin Britten’s
"Hymn to the Virgin" (written when Britten was only 16) cuts straight to the part of you that recognises beauty -
regardless of what sort of spiritual journey you may personally be on.
Most of the words you’ll hear sung on this album are not from our time, or any time resembling it.
They come from bygone societies, practising bygone versions of Christianity. But like Pärt and Tavener before him,
Taylor finds contemporary resonance in them: "The Antiphons are the cry of a wounded people who have known loneliness
and the loss of dignity," he wrote of the sixth-century texts in Pärt’s piece. "We need look no further
than our own society to witness this loneliness. There is a lack of understanding, an ’othering‘ of the vulnerable and disabled,
which denies those who live through the actions of their hearts and which blatantly overlooks the vulnerability in each of us."
For Taylor, these ancient cries for help are as necessary today as ever. Perhaps this record can offer solace.
"Four Thousand Winter"
1 Hodie Christus natus est
Composer Anonymous - Lyricist Anonymous
2 The Lamb
Composer John Tavener - Lyricist William Blake
3 Adam Lay Ybounden (Matthew Martin version)
Composer Matthew Martin - Lyricist Anonymous
4 Adam Lay Ybounden (Boris Ord version)
Composer Boris Ord - Lyricist Anonymous
5 Videte miraculum
Composer Thomas Tallis - Lyricist Thomas Tallis
6 Ave Maria
Composer William Byrd - Lyricist William Byrd
7 The Truth from Above
Composer Traditional / Arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams - Lyricist Traditional
8 A Spotless Rose
Composer Herbert Howells / Arranger Catherine Winkworth
9 Es ist ein ros entsprungen
Composer Michael Praetorius - Lyricist Anonymous
10 There Is No Rose of Such Virtue
Composer John Joubert - Lyricist Anonymous
11 Ther Is No Rose of Swych Vertu
Composer Anonymous - Lyricist Anonymous
12 In the Bleak Midwinter
Composer Gustav Holst - Lyricist Gustav Holst
13 Adam Lay Ybounden (Matthew Larkin version)
Composer Matthew Larkin - Lyricist Anonymous
14 O radix Jesse
Composer Anonymous - Lyricist Anonymous
Excerpts from John Quinnís Review of 'Four Thousand Winter' - The Trinity Choir
Everything seems to be in perfect equilibrium
Besides his highly successful career as a counter-tenor Daniel Taylor has developed a parallel career as a conductor.
With such a pedigree itís unsurprising that this disc is marked by technical excellence and high standards of musicianship.
The carefully chosen programme includes some sub-groups of pieces. One such comprises the settings of Adam lay ybounden.
Iíve heard Matthew Martinís piece before and once again it impresses here. The music is slow and rather mysterious - Daniel Taylor refers to its
"cavernous sublimity". Iíd never heard before the setting by the Canadian composer and organist, Matthew Larkin.
Itís a haunting composition for high voices in which the music moves in long, slowly undulating lines.
Another grouping features settings inspired by the association of the rose with Christís birth. The performances of these carols are all excellent -
the Joubert setting is beautifully poised.
At the heart of the programme lies Tallisís glorious and expansive Videte miraculum - he paces the Tallis perfectly.
He and his expert singers unfold the long paragraphs in a wonderfully spacious manner. Everything seems to be in perfect equilibrium.
Tallisís timeless devotional music is very well served here. So too is William Byrd in his equally devotional but much more intimate Ave Maria.
Daniel Taylorís touch as a conductor is sure and his expert singers serve him very well indeed.
Their singing has been very pleasingly recorded in the benign resonance of the church of St. Alban the Martyr.
I hope there will be more recordings from Daniel Taylor and The Trinity Choir.
Advent got off to a wonderful start last night at Trinity College Chapel, Toronto.
Daniel Taylor and his relatively new ensemble, The University of Toronto Schola Cantorum, gave us a magical evening
of Advent and Christmas music spanning the 13th to the 21st century. The choir, consisting largely of U of T students
(aided and abetted by a number of Toronto professionals) sang beautifully in the resonant acoustics of Trinity College chapel.
It was also an occasion to introduce a splendid new SONY recording, "Four Thousand Winter", the debut CD of Dan's new ensemble,
The Trinity Choir. Beautifully controlled, nuanced singing in the concert and the CD is utterly sublime.
Toronto has another first-class choir to add to its already outstanding roster. Thank you and Bravi Tutti, Dan and everyone!
Howard Dyck, Nov 30th 2015
Daniel writes: Beautiful review in the December 5th Journal de Montreal helped our disc forward to #1 on iTunes - thank you to the people of Quebec!!
"Les amoureux de chants de chorale ou anciens seront ravis de cette collaboration entre notre contre-ténor et le chœur; ils y interprètent des chants du VIe siècle à nos jours."
Lovers of choral and early music will be happy with this collaboration between our counter-tenor and his new choir; they interpret songs of the sixth century to the present day."
The 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 nymph, come to thy lover
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)
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 Gibbonsí
The Silver Swan and particularly when countertenors Taylor and Chance duet in Robert Jonesí 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-summerís night."
The Wholenote - Written by Dianne Wells
“As FranÁois 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 Shakespeareís 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."’
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. ”