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Reena Esmail’s This Love Between Us explores Eastern and Western musical soundscapes, even as it focusses our attention on a truth of many of the worlds’ religious traditions. Though it is not an easy path, there is still more that unites us, than divides us.

Barbara Croall’s Giishkaapkag (Where the Rock is Cut Through) responds to a recurring tragedy befalling women and girls in Indigenous communities of this country, but also of those around the world. Her powerful elegiac text and music hears their missing voices in the rocks, believed to be the oldest beings of the earth, and is transmitted through the haunting traditional cedar flute, the pipigwan, the voices of the choir and percussion.

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I love Mark's warmth and curiosity in his programming. We look to music today to both challenge us and to comfort us -- to open new worlds to us, and at the same time, to show us how interconnected we are. I love that The Elora Singers show us that range in the work they sing.

This is a warm, kind, committed and generous ensemble. Because of the commitment of the musicians to engage so deeply in the music they sing, I found that I learned new things about my own creative process through my work with them. 

Reena Esmail, composer (2020)

I was so honoured to work with such dedicated vocal artists on my Elora Singers commissioned work, "Giishkaapkag". I am still in awe of how everyone got every detail of the piece and the message coming from the heart.

It was an emotional journey to honour the missing women in my own family who still to this day have no grave or place for me to visit them. But through this choral work, there are voices singing to them in the Odawa language that they can hear on the other side and it's a way of making and keeping that connection through spirit to members of my family who disappeared.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Mark Vuorinen for inviting me to compose this work, for funding part of the commission, to my anonymous sponsor, and to all of the singers, administration and recording crew who worked so hard on the CD project. Chi miigwetch miiniwaa. 

Barbara Croall, composer (2020)

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This recording traverses Canada, America and the British isles in music that has helped define the culture of those nations. England is represented by two of its most celebrated composers, Holst and Vaughan Williams, and the iconic Scottish Auld Lang Syne is traditionally sung to greet each New Year. Celebrated Canadian songs include Jimmy Rankin’s Juno Award-winning Fare thee well love. Eric Whitacre’s distinctive harmonic clusters can be heard in Go lovely rose, and Gordon Lightfoot counts Bob Dylan among his many fans, Dylan once declaring that when he heard a song such as Pussywillows, cat-tails he wished ‘it would last forever’.

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"...Elora Singers [are] to be treasured; they're Canada's most accomplished choir. Their new Patrick Hawes disc shows the 22 voice group in fine form, obviously lifted up by the very fine music of British composer Patrick Hawes." - Dean Frey

Further Recordings

  • I Saw Eternity
  • Eric Whitacre Choral Music
  • Songs of Folk & Lore
  • What Child is This?
  • The Wonder of Christmas
  • Poulenc: Choral Music
  • Requiems, Fauré and Duruflé
  • Arvo Pärt
  • In Song

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