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Sony Logo Sony Classical Masterworks est fière d’annoncer la mise sous contrat exclusive de Daniel Taylor. Sony Classical Masterworks, l’une des plus grandes étiquettes au monde, représente des musiciens parmi les plus prestigieux tels que Yo-Yo Ma, Andrea Bocelli et Joshua Bell. Sony Classical Masterworks est fière de s’associer avec l’un des plus grands noms du monde de la musique ancienne, le chanteur étoile du Canada, le contre-ténor Daniel Taylor.
Alexander Cowan, directeur général du marketing pour Sony Masterworks International en Angleterre, commente: “Daniel Taylor est un artiste de classe internationale. Nous travaillons à compléter ses activités de tournées avec une série d’enregistrements afin de réaffirmer sa position comme l’un des contre-ténors les plus recherchés au monde.

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A baroque star on Beyoncé's label
En titre dans le Ottawa Citizen: Le contre-ténor d’Ottawa, Daniel Taylor,à propos de son contrat avec 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, Ottawa Citizen
20 Novembre, 2008

Le dernier disque sous étiquette Sony.........
THE TREE OF LIFE
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"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."

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.

 

 

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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.

Liste des titres

1. Puer Natus Est
Anonymous, introit chant for the Third Mass of Christmas Day
Soloist: Jeremy Budd, ténor.

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, ténor. Alexander Dobson, basse.

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, ténor

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

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.

 

 

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Le dernier disque sous étiquette Sony .........
FOUR THOUSAND WINTER
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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.

Liste des titres

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

Daniel writes: Beautiful review in the Journal de Montreal (Dec 5th) 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."

Excerpts from John Quinn’s 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 it’s 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. I’ve heard Matthew Martin’s piece before and once again it impresses here. The music is slow and rather mysterious - Daniel Taylor refers to its "cavernous sublimity". I’d never heard before the setting by the Canadian composer and organist, Matthew Larkin. It’s 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 Christ’s birth. The performances of these carols are all excellent - the Joubert setting is beautifully poised.

At the heart of the programme lies Tallis’s 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. Tallis’s timeless devotional music is very well served here. So too is William Byrd in his equally devotional but much more intimate Ave Maria.

Daniel Taylor’s 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.

MUSICWEB-INTERNATIONAL.COM

 

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

 

 

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Le disque récital du TEM sous étiquette Sony :
"Come Again Sweet Love "

Cet enregistrement magnifique met en lumière les thèmes centraux de la musique au temps de Shakespeare : l’amour, l’abandon, la fortune, la mort et le passage du temps.

Les plus éminents spécialistes de musique ancienne au monde se joignent au contre-ténor Daniel Taylor - les voix de Dame Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Sampson, Michael Chance, Charles Daniels et Neal Davies sont accompagnées au luth par Elizabeth Kenny et Jacob Heringman et à la viole de gambe par Richard Boothby et le regretté Richard Campbell, de l’ensemble Fretworks - pour entraîner l’auditeur vers l’expression de la sonorité profonde et émouvante de l’émotion humaine.

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)

Critique du CD, 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. ”
Allmusic

Critiques du CD, Come Again, Sweet Love

"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 - 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.
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John Terauds 31 mai, 2011 Toronto Star

"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, juin 2011

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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