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The Wild Swans: CD Release

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Yolanda Bruno, violin

Isabelle David, piano

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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Program

• Alexina Louie (1949) – Beyond Time (Premiere Recording)

• Kelly-Marie Murphy (1964) – The Swan Parapraxis (Commission and Premiere Recording)

• Roxanna Panufnik (1968) – Down the Rabbit Hole

• Elena Kats-Chernin (1957) – Bucharian Melody, and Eliza Aria from Wild Swans Suite
• Kala Ramnath (1967) – Aalap and Tarana
• Elena Langer (1974) – Snow
• Jennifer Higdon (1962) – Echo Dash
• Lera Auerbach (1973) – 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano, Op. 46 (selections)
• Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) – O Virtus Sapientie
• Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) – D’un matin de printemps and Cortège
• Pauline Viardot-Garcia (1821-1910) – Bohémienne

The music on this recording draws inspiration from all kinds of stories — novels, fairytales, Irish folklore, even spiritual texts. The album’s title — The Wild Swans — is taken from a fairytale written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1838. The wonderful Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin used the Andersen story as the basis for her ballet The Wild Swans. The “Eliza Aria” comes from that enchanting work.

In Andersen’s story, the main protagonist Eliza must save her eleven brothers, who have been turned into wild swans by an evil stepmother. It is by chance that we realized there were eleven swans in the story, and there are eleven women composers on our album: serendipitous! We wanted to make our recording debut with music that is eclectic and filled with fantasy. The repertoire ranges over the centuries, from Hildegard Von Bingen’s hypnotic sounds from 1098, to the music of today: Kelly-Marie Murphy’s The Swan Parapraxis, a fabulous work composed especially for us, and Alexina Louie’s Beyond Time, a work of brilliance and virtuosity.

This is great music from our musical history, and great music that is becoming our musical history! Moreover, we are sharing works that we love and hold close to our hearts.

Yolanda and Isabelle first met at McGill University in 2008 and have been making music together ever since. The duo is particularly drawn to music from their own country of Canada, digging up works of lesser-known or forgotten composers as well as designing programs that promote gender parity. Together, they have premiered works written for them by Canadian composers Michel Szczesniak and Richard Covey, as well as the Canadian premiere of Broad and Free by Pulitzer winner Caroline Shaw. Their recitals have aired on CBC Radio 2 as well as ICI Musique.

Yolanda and Isabelle’s decade-long partnership owes much to their shared enthusiasm for musical discovery and their inquisitive natures drive their musical endeavours. The Wild Swans is their debut album, released in 2019.


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