Two CDs featuring pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico on Centrediscs, the recording label of the Canadian Music Centre have been nominated for Classical Composition of the Year in the 2012 JUNO Awards.
The two composers are:
Ann Southam (1937-2010), nominated for Glass Houses Revisited
Heather Schmidt for her Piano Concerto No. 2, on Petrowska Quilico’s Tapestries CD.
Both CDs are available at musiccentre.ca.
The JUNO Awards will take place in Ottawa, March 26-April 1.
These two JUNO nominations bring to four the number that Christina Petrowska Quilico has garnered for Canadian composers. In the 2011 Juno Awards, Larysa Kuzmenko received a nomination for her piano concerto (featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste) on Petrowska Quilico’s CD 3 Concerti. Glenn Buhr was nominated for his piano concerto, which Petrowska Quilico recorded with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Bramwell Tovey on CBC Records’ 1995 Contemporary Piano Concerti.
Ann Southam: Glass Houses Revisited: Launched in March 2011, the CD features nine selections from the 1981 set that Southam revised in 2009 for Petrowska Quilico, and which the pianist further edited and revised with Southam’s blessing. The CD drew such raves as “Nothing short of miraculous” (John Terauds, Toronto Star) and “★★★★” (Elissa Poole, Globe and Mail) and has received considerable airplay.
The CD marked Petrowska Quilico’s third CD title devoted entirely to Southam’s music, all issued by Centrediscs. The earlier two – the three-CD set Rivers (2005) and two-CD set Pond Life (2009) – were also critically well received. As well, she recorded Glass Houses No. 5 on her CDs Ings, and other Southam works on Northern Sirens, Virtuoso Piano Music of Our Own Time and Mystic Streams. She also performed Glass Houses No. 5 at the National Arts Centre in 2009 in a concert celebrating the Canadian Music Centre’s 50th anniversary – an event that La Scena Musicale named one of the top NAC events of 2009.
Heather Schmidt: Piano Concerto No. 2: Written for Petrowska Quilico, Schmidt’s concerto was recorded at its 2001 premiere at the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener, Ontario, with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and conductor Daniel Warren. “Heather Schmidt seduces the listener with her Piano Concerto No. 2… The instrumentation is interesting throughout and the piano is brilliant in this sparkling work,” wrote Normand Babin in La Scena Musicale.
(The other concerto on the Tapestries CD is Concerto Cantata by George Fiala, featuring a choir in place of orchestra, with the Canadian Ukrainian Opera Chorus under the late Ukrainian-born conductor Wolodymyr Kolesnyk.)
Tapestries is the pianist’s fifth CD of Canadian piano concerti, and the seventh and eighth Canadian piano concerti Petrowska Quilico has recorded. It is also her 26th recorded title.
To date, the Canadian Music Centre’s Centrediscs label has released nine CDs with Petrowska Quilico. All may be ordered at musiccentre.ca. The site includes more info about Ann Southam.
More info about Petrowska Quilico and her recordings: PetrowskaQuilico.com
Classical Juno nominees underline importance of public support for Canadian music making at John Terauds’ MusicalToronto.org , includes Glass Houses No. 5 video.
WholeNote reviews of Glass Houses Revisited and Tapestries