New Centrediscs Recording Features Stephen Chatman

Centrediscs, the record label of the Canadian Music Centre, deeply explores the choral music of Vancouver composer Stephen Chatman on its upcoming release, Dawn of Night, as performed by the University of Toronto’s MacMillan Singers under the direction of Hilary Apfelstadt. The disc, which will also be available through Naxos distribution, features all-World-Premiere recordings of works that Chatman composed over the past decade. It leads off with the E.B. Marks-published There Will Be Stars (text: Sara Teasdale).

The music on Dawn of Night represents a range of characteristics, depending on the poetry. Much of the poetry on this compilation is by female writers: Joanna Lilley, Christina Rossetti, Sarah Teasdale, and Tara Wohlberg (the composer’s wife). Walt Whitman and Canadian poet Archibald Lampman are also represented.

One of Canada’s most frequently performed composers, Stephen Chatman, C.M., D.M.A. is Professor of Composition at the University of British Columbia School of Music. With more than 100 published works, his music has sold over 500,000 printed copies and many of his choral pieces have entered the standard repertory.

Through September 15 the entire disc is being previewed on CBC Music’s “First Play,” available online here.

The CMC offers the CD in their store here.

September 7, 2017