The very first CD recorded by Voces Boreales will be launched on November 10th after the Lux Autumna concert. Titled Missa Campanula, it contains two works composed by Karen Young: the mass itself and another one of her compositions titled Nunc Dimittis.
Missa Campanula, which Karen Young wrote in honor of her mother suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and which she considers her most important creation, is a polychoral, a cappella mass that follows the tradition of liturgical mass composers, from Guillaume de Machaut to Bach to Arvo Pärt.
Apart from Voces Boreales, several well-known artists from the Montreal musical scene took part in the recording: Rebecca Bain, Coral Egan (daughter of Karen Young), Marcel de Hêtre, Josée Lalonde, Normand Richard and Carole Therrien. Joining them were internationally renowned soprano Suzie LeBlanc and Karen Young herself.
The recording was made under the baton of François Ouimet, who had already conducted the world premiere of the mass in Quebec City in 2013.
Ms. Young produced the album under her own label, Les Disques URSH, and the launch has been organized in collaboration with her. As part of the event, the Voces Boreales ensemble will perform the Agnus Dei from the mass.
Launch date and venue:
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 around 9:15 p.m.
(after the Lux Autumna concert)
400 Saint Paul Street East
Review of Missa Campanula (excerpt)
« […] Karen Young […] cisèle un joyau de polyphonie vocale qu’interprète l’ensemble Voces Boreales.
Relevé à souhait, le quintette de solistes est formé des sopranos Suzie LeBlanc et Coral Egan, de l’alto Josée Lalonde, du ténor Marcel de Hêtre et du baryton-basse Normand Richard.
Cet amalgame d’époques tient la route, aucune faute de goût au programme. Très inspirée, Karen Young a pavé un authentique chemin vers la lumière. »
– Alain Brunet, La Presse
Message from Karen Young
At last Missa Campanula is ready to be launched. I’m so happy with the way it sounds. You can imagine how great it feels to have something that took you five years to write come to life with such a beautiful interpretation.
I do hope you’ll support Voces Boreales at their concert. They are so good! And I wrote this piece partly to help keep the choral tradition alive. There is nothing like an orchestra of human voices singing a cappella in the magical acoustic atmosphere of a church!