Winner of a 2021 JUNO Award in the Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral category, the TSO’s recent recording of Massenet’s emotionally riveting opera Thaïs on the prestigious Chandos label is available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music, and for purchase on iTunes. Conducted by TSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis, and featuring a cast of renowned Canadian and international singers, with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Massenet: Thaïs was recorded live by Soundmirror, Inc. at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto in November 2019.
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
This recording follows the TSO’s 2019 Juno Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated Chandos recording, Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works. The TSO, with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, also received a 2018 Grammy Award for the recording of Handel’s Messiah orchestrated and conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.
With this celebratory, Grammy-nominated and JUNO-winning release completing his 14-year tenure as Music Director of the TSO, Peter Oundjian conducts an exquisite Vaughan Williams program, supported by an all-Canadian cast of star soloists, recorded live at Roy Thomson Hall in November 2017.
In the program notes for the concert preceding the recording, Oundjian declared: "Ralph Vaughan Williams was possibly England’s most significant composer, and he is a personal favourite of mine. This [recording] presents some of his finest works, featuring soloists from the Orchestra as well as some of Canada's most notable solo artists, and the Elmer Iseler Singers…. The lyrical and engaging Oboe Concerto is rarely heard, but it is one of his most inspired works. Serenade to Music showcases his exquisite vocal writing, which also figures prominently in the ravishingly beautiful Flos Campi, so surprisingly scored for solo viola, choir, and chamber orchestra. The Piano Concerto is more dramatic, with a juggernaut opening and a brilliant fugal finale."