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
Latest Sony release..........
FOUR THOUSAND WINTER was released on Sony Classical on December 4, 2015.
14 stunning performances including works by John Tavener, Matthew Martin,
Thomas Tallis, Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Byrd, Herbert Howells,
Gustav Holst, Matthew Larkin and more
Nov 5 2015 : Sony Music Entertainment Canada today announces the latest release of Daniel Taylor.
Known for his breathtaking passion and dedication to excellence, world-renowned countertenor
Daniel Taylor returns with Four Thousand Winter, a new release featuring 14 stunning seasonal pieces of winter and seasonal music.
Sony Music Entertainment Canada is proud to continue the association with countertenor Daniel Taylor,
with the world-wide license of his latest album, through the Sony Classical label.
Sony Classical represents the finest classical musicians
in the world including artists Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang and Joshua Bell.
Simon Rayner, Director of Marketing at Sony Music Canada comments: "Daniel Taylor is perhaps the finest countertenor in the world and a remarkable recording artist.
His work on the opera, concert and recital stage continues to attract audiences in North and South America,
in Europe and Asia."
Featuring the recording debut of The Trinity Choir, a Choir founded and directed by Taylor himself,
this new disc is a profoundly beautiful journey through the medieval to the present day,
bringing witness through birth and death and celebrating what it is to be human.
Recorded in London, England with esteemed producer Nick Parker and engineer Andrew Mellor,
FOUR THOUSAND WINTER features the Trinity Choir including the choristers from across Canada and
members of the Tallis Scholars, the Gabrieli Consort and the Monteverdi Choir.
FOUR THOUSAND WINTER takes the listener on a journey, both spiritual and historical,
to remember and reflect, to hope and rejoice. This disc offers music spanning two millennia:
from ancient 6th century chant through the miraculous works of Tallis and Byrd,
to beautiful compositions from today by Howells, Larkin, Martin and Tavener.
This eloquent sequence of choral masterpieces, full of emotion and simplicity,
reminds us that the longing for what is absent may be found in the beauty of the present.
Among the tracks are three versions of Adam Lay Ybounden by Matthew Martin, Boris Ord,
and Matthew Larkin. Other tracks include: Hodie Christus Natus Est (Anonymous),
The Lamb (John Tavener), Videte Miraculum (Thomas Tallis), Ave Maria (William Byrd),
The Truth From Above (Ralph Vaughan Williams), A Spotless Rose (Herbert Howells),
Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen (Praetorius), There Is No Rose (John Joubert),
There Is No Rose (Anonymous), In The Bleak Mid Winter (Gustav Holst), and O Radix Jesse (Anonymous).
Daniel Taylor will be touring in support of the release this winter in Canada, and internationally throughout 2016 including the U.S. and U.K.
He will be appearing with the choir of the Theatre of Early Music on Tuesday, February 23rd 2016 at 7:30pm in Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel, Montréal
for an a cappella Concert based on the Sony Classical release FOUR THOUSAND WINTER.
Dec 19th - this new Sony disc, now #1 on iTunes!
please join in supporting this wonderful new choir featuring some of the finest choristers from Canada and the UK!
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The latest Sony recital disc entitled
"Four Thousand Winter"
Recorded in London, England with esteemed producer Nick Parker and engineer Andrew Mellor, FOUR THOUSAND WINTER 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 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. ”