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Emergence / Estelle


Release Date: 05/11/2018 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: 6161  
Composer:  Joanna Estelle
Performer:  Frédéric LacroixMorgan StricklandBrandon WilkieLaura Dziubaniuk,   ... 
Conductor:  Laurence EwashkoJamie Loback
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ewashko SingersCapital Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Joanna Estelle presents Emergence: a compilation of works produced under her personal philosophy that “quality music uplifts humankind.” The opening work is “Umori” [Moods], ten character pieces for piano soloist, musical superlatives describing ten familiar dispositions of the human condition: Ardent, Determined, Energetic, Whimsical, Shimmery, Repentant, Reflective, Wistful, Solemn, and Hopeful. Compositionally, the overarching style is one of charismatic sentiment, accented by the bright timbre of Lacroix’s piano. The work is altogether lovely and a wonderful introduction to “Susannah’s Lullaby (This is a Face of Love),” and “Language of a Rose,” the first two art songs included on the album. “Moyi mamij” [For My Mother] is an exquisite Read more quartet that brings a tear to the eye of anyone who has ever felt a mother’s love. In that sentiment, let’s hope that Princes William and Harry will have the opportunity to hear Estelle’s “Qu’est-ce que c’est la vie? [What is life?]" a homage to “The People’s Princess,” for which Estelle wrote not only the music, but the French text. In “Abwoon d’bwashmaya” [Aramaic Lord’s Prayer], Estelle’s writing is reverent and prayerful -- blending perfectly the melodic sonorities of the soprano voice and the cello. Estelle showcases her choral writing with the inclusion of four works: “Water Canticle (For Margaret Trudeau),” “La chanson de ton coeur” [The Song of Your Heart], “Child of the Manger,” and “Song for Abwoon.” Estelle, who once put music aside to appease her parents by studying psychology and accounting instead, is now a well-respected composer in Canada. She relates, “When you see people around the world are listening to and loving your songs, you know composing is something you should take seriously.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Moods (10) for Piano by Joanna Estelle
Performer:  Frédéric Lacroix (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Canada 
2.
Susannah's Lullaby "This Is a Face of Love" by Joanna Estelle
Performer:  Frédéric Lacroix (Piano), Morgan Strickland (Soprano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Canada 
3.
Language of a Rose by Joanna Estelle
Performer:  Morgan Strickland (Soprano), Brandon Wilkie (Cello), Frédéric Lacroix (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Canada 
4.
For My Mother by Joanna Estelle
Performer:  Laura Dziubaniuk (Soprano), Laurence Ewashko (Baritone), Brandon Wilkie (Cello),
Frédéric Lacroix (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Canada 
5.
Qu'est-ce que c'est la vie? by Joanna Estelle
Performer:  Morgan Strickland (Soprano), Brandon Wilkie (Cello), Frédéric Lacroix (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Canada 
6.
Abwoon d'bwashmaya by Joanna Estelle
Performer:  Susan Elizabeth Brown (Soprano), Roland Gjernes (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Canada 
7.
Water Canticle by Joanna Estelle
Performer:  Robert Ryan (Tenor), Aude Urbancic (Piano)
Conductor:  Laurence Ewashko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ewashko Singers
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Canada 
8.
La chanson de ton coeur by Joanna Estelle
Performer:  Sonya Sweeney (Piano)
Conductor:  Jamie Loback
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capital Chamber Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Canada 
9.
Child of the Manger by Joanna Estelle
Conductor:  Jamie Loback
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capital Chamber Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Canada 
10.
Song for Abwoon by Joanna Estelle
Performer:  Jean-François Marquis (Cello), Kevin James (Viola), Bridgitte Amyot (Violin),
Jeffrey Miller (Flute), Pascale Margely (Flute), Susan Elizabeth Brown (Soprano),
Brandon Wilkie (Cello), Frédéric Hodgson (Oboe), Peter Kilpatrick (Bass)
Conductor:  Laurence Ewashko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ewashko Singers
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Canada 

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