Our second January release is a recorded performance of Juno Award-winning Canadian composer Jocelyn Morlock’s Solace, conducted by ESO Assistant Conductor Cosette Justo Valdés. The ESO performed this piece for the first time in November 2020. Solace features soloists Meran Currie-Roberts (cello) and Concertmaster Robert Uchida (violin).
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Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Cosette Justo Valdés, ESO Assistant Conductor
Robert Uchida: Soloist, violin
Meran Currie-Roberts: Soloist, cello
Early Music Violin 1
Early Music Violin 2
Harmonic Violin 1
Harmonic Violin 2
Early Music Viola 1
Early Music Viola 2
Early Music Cello
Early Music Double Bass
(b. Winnipeg, 1969)
Composed in 2001; substantially revised 2005.
ESO premiere of the piece: November 5, 2020.
Program note by the composer:
In my first year of university, having made a sudden jump away from a planned career in sciences and towards composition, I heard all kinds and styles of music that I’d never known existed before. It was thrilling, like seeing a new colour for the first time.
In particular, the profound joy and beauty of Josquin’s Missa L’Homme Armé is what inspired me to write my piece, "Solace," some years later. Unlike most string orchestra works, "Solace" requires the group to be divided into three smaller sub-ensembles:
- The "early music" ensemble, consisting of two violins, two violas, cello and double bass, playing music that is partially derived from the Agnus Dei of Josquin's L'Homme Armé (sexti toni) Mass.
- The more ethereal sounding group of five violins, positioned above the rest of the ensemble, playing very long, slow harmonics.
- The violin and cello soloists, whose music is meant to be a responseto that of the "early music" ensemble.
Program notes © 2020 by D.T. Baker, except as noted.