Canadian Classics

24 September 2011

At the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra season opening concert tonight, conductor Bramwell Tovey made lengthy mention, to the packed Orpheum crowd, of the new Canadian Classics recording series on Naxos. He went out of his way to name City Opera Vancouver as having first conceived and proposed the entire project. A kind and classy acknowledgement. Thanks!


Canadian Classics is a multi-year, multi-CD survey of Canadian art music from 1800 to the present. It is being released world-wide by Naxos, the largest classical label on the planet. City Opera researched and proposed the series in 2007. Four years later it was born, with the VSO in an album of terrific music by composer Jeff Ryan.


31 August 2011

Canadian Classics, a new recording series we first proposed to Naxos in early 2007, is set for a Vancouver Symphony launch on 24 September, and a media launch on 27 September.

Much great Canadian music, with world-wide distribution, lies ahead! More details to come.


27 April 2011

Good things take time.

On 15 April 2007, our Artistic Director proposed to Naxos Records the creation of a new series, Canadian Classics. Five days later, Klaus Heymann (the head and owner of Naxos, the world's largest classical recording company) replied favourably, and the work began.


Our Artistic Director, ten years earlier, proposed and researched Naxos' well-known series, American Classics. That esteemed project continues, and multiple dozens of works have been released. Canadian Classics is modeled on it.

Canadian Classics comes to life in September 2011 with a Vancouver Symphony Orchestra release of an all-Jeff Ryan album. It is quite brilliant.

It will continue with Canadian repertoire from 1800 to the present. This repertoire will be in vocal, piano, small ensemble, wind band, symphonic and -- ultimately -- operatic repertoire. We offer many thanks to the many scholars and musicians who have recommended repertoire for this new series. It is all being led by Raymond Bisha, the Director of Media Relations for Naxos, North America. Raymond works out of Toronto and New York.

This new series will take Canadian music to the world, and at a level never before possible. The distribution reach of Naxos is enormous. City Opera Vancouver is proud to have proposed Canadian Classics, and grateful for Naxos' willingness to take it on.

Naxos' reputation for new and unusual repertoire has just widened -- and greatly in favour of the music of our country. Thanks Klaus, Edith, Raymond -- and all. Many great things are coming.