February and March brought two new albums by alumni Christine Carter (clarinet) and Kimihiro Yasaka (piano).
Homage and Inspiration – Iris Trio (Coviello Classics)
Released February 7, 2020
The Iris Trio features clarinetist and Schulich alumna Christine Carter (MMus ‘07), violist Molly Carr, and pianist Anna Petrova. This ensemble’s debut album features performances of repertoire with unique connections: Schumann’s classic Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales) was inspired by Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio, Kurtág’s Hommage a R. Sch. was inspired by Schumann’s Fairy Tales, and Weiß’ Conversation Among Friends is a companion piece to Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio. Order the album now and watch the powerhouse trio perform the second movement of Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio below.
Mosaïque – Kimihiro Yasaka (Nippon Acoustic Records)
Released March 25, 2020
Mosaïque marks the second album release by Montreal-based pianist Kimihiro Yasaka (MMus ‘11). The album features contributions from many members of the Schulich community including compositions by Professors Philippe Leroux and Christopher Paul Harman, as well as sound engineering by many members of our Sound Recording department including Jack Kelly (MMus '16, current PhD) as director, Noëlle Byer (MMus '20) and Ben Creelman (BMus '18, current MMus) as Assistant Recording Engineers, Haruka Nagata (MMus '18) as Editing Engineer, and Naruto Imaizumi as Mastering Engineer. Created with a focus on contemporary Japanese and Canadian music, Mosaïque weaves together a variety of different materials to produce a unique work of art. While this record is not currently available in North America, listeners across the globe will soon be able to enjoy it digitally. Watch the album's trailer below.
That’s all for our February and March Release Radar! And don’t forget – if you’re part of the Schulich community and are looking forward to an April release, let us know to be featured in next month’s Release Radar! Email us at publicity.music [at] mcgill.ca.