From the glories of Schubert lieder, through the enchanting chansons of Debussy, to some of the most exciting songs of today’s young composers, this is an exploration of art song from the Romantic era down to our own time. This ever-popular genre is a true marriage of the arts – beautiful poetry set to beautiful music – in which each illuminates the other and opens worlds of understanding and discovery.
Lawrence Wiliford is one of Canada’s leading tenors, acclaimed for his luminous projection, lyrical sensitivity and brilliant coloratura. He has sung with orchestras and opera companies throughout North America, and collaborated on numerous recording projects. His recording, Britten: Divine Musick (works for tenor and harp) was nominated by the International Classical Music Awards for Best Vocal Recital CD. He has recently released O Gladsome Light, a recording of songs by Rubbra, Holst and Vaughan Williams.
Pianist Stephen Wilcox is a frequent partner of Canada’s vocal elite, and is regarded as one of this country’s finest musical collaborators. He is the head of the collaborative piano department at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, and is in demand as a teacher and coach throughout North America.
Wiliford and Wilcox are co-founders and directors of the Canadian Art Song Project, which advocates for and assists the performance of existing Canadian song literature, and builds on its rich legacy by engaging composers, poets, and performers to collaborate in the creation of new music.