Premieres - works by Bruce Broughton, Ronald Royer, Kevin Lau, Chopin / Conrad Chow, violin, Bruce Broughton, piano

Audio Samples

>Broughton, Bruce : Triptych
>     Three Incongruities, for violin & chamber orchestra
>Royer, Ronald : Rhapsody, for violin & chamber orchestra
>Royer, Ronald : In Memoriam J.S. Bach, for violin & chamber ensemble
>Lau, Kevin : Joy, for violin & string orchestra
>Broughton, Bruce : Gold Rush Songs, for violin & piano
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6

Album Summary

>Broughton, Bruce : Triptych
>Royer, Ronald : Rhapsody, for violin & chamber orchestra
>Royer, Ronald : In Memoriam J.S. Bach, for violin & chamber ensemble
>Lau, Kevin : Joy, for violin & string orchestra
>Broughton, Bruce : Gold Rush Songs, for violin & piano
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Cambria announces the release of Canadian violinist Chow's debut album featuring world premiere recordings of Broughton, Royer, and Lau. Chow is on faculty at the Royal Conservatory's Young Artists Performance Academy in Toronto. He has won over audiences with his interpretations of music from numerous centuries, continents, and styles. As a communicator, he delights in forging strong emotional connections with his listeners and introducing them to music that may not be familiar. Critics have called him a "world-class talent" (Escarpment Views). Broughton, best known for film and TV scores, is the featured pianist in his Gold Rush Songs and encore - Chopin Nocturne in C# Minor transcribed for piano and violin.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
Bruce Broughton's colorful Triptych for Violin and Chamber Orchestra is actually a pastiche of pastiches, the first a neo-Baroque riff on Bach, the second on the slow movements of Prokofieff, the finale on Scottish fiddle music. The Prokofieff is an agreeable and restrainedly romantic exercise in harmony; the Scottish piece allows the skillful violinist to show off a bit. The same composer's Gold Rush Songs allow us to hear his excellent pianism. The second of the three, 'Betsy from Pike', is quite lovely. Ronald Royer's Rhapsody for Violin and chamber orchestra is an exercise in exotica, with echoes of Eastern European folk music, Ravelian Orientalism, Sarasate, and much else. His In Memoriam JS Bach is more ambitious than Broughton's Bach piece, offering a serene Sarabande and a bouncy Capriccio with a virtuosic cadenza. Chow offers Nathan Milstein's transcription of Chopin's Csharp minor Nocturne as a melancholy encore.



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Works Details

>Broughton, Bruce : Triptych :: Three Incongruities, for violin & chamber orchestra
  • Performer: Conrad Chow (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ronald Royer
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Toronto
  • Notes: Revolution Recording, Toronto (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Royer, Ronald : Rhapsody, for violin & chamber orchestra
  • Performer: Conrad Chow (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ronald Royer
  • Notes: Revolution Recording, Toronto (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Royer, Ronald : In Memoriam J.S. Bach, for violin & chamber ensemble
  • Performer: Conrad Chow (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ronald Royer
  • Notes: Revolution Recording, Toronto (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Lau, Kevin : Joy, for violin & string orchestra
  • Performer: Conrad Chow (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ronald Royer
  • Notes: Revolution Recording, Toronto (07/04/2011-07/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Broughton, Bruce : Gold Rush Songs, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Conrad Chow (Violin); Bruce Broughton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
  • Performers: Conrad Chow (Violin); Bruce Broughton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic