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Raymond Murray Schafer (b. 1933): Apocalypsis / Various artists

Album Summary

>Schafer, R. Murray : Apocalypsis, for multiple choirs
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

PEasily Schafer's most ambitious work, Apocalypsis ranks in size and scale to Gustav Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand, Arnold Schoenberg's Gurrelieder or Messiaen's Saint François d'Assise. Initially imagined as a way to create a grassroots community of performers and offer an alternative to classical music's dogma of highly trained musicians, Apocalypsis blends professional and amateur talents in its cast of 1,000 choir singers, musicians, conductors, actors, and dancers. Luminato Festival's production featured solo performances from internationally renowned artists including multi-disciplinary artist Nina Arsenault, Tony Award-winner Brent Carver, dancer Denise Fujiwara, Polaris Prize-winner Tanya Tagaq, rising New Zealand opera star Kawiti Waetford, and the voice of performance artist Laurie Anderson. David Fallis conducted an orchestra of more than 850 musicians and choirs from across the province.

Media heralded the production as one of the major highlights of 2015, the Globe and Mail stating "it was a high-profile, big-time gamble. The gamble paid off." The National Post called the production, "a work of cultural heroism".

R. Murray Schafer is a composer, educator, environmentalist, scholar and visual artist. As the "father of acoustic ecology", Schafer addresses the damaging effects of technological sounds on people. Schafer's oeuvre surpasses 150 compositions from opera to chamber music, choral works to symphonies. He has received 10 honorary doctorates and has won many prestigious awards, including several Junos, the first Glenn Gould Award, the Molson Award, Walter Carsen Prize, Governor General's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and the Koizumi Prize from Japan.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Chris Bagan (keyboards).

Recording information: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (Toronto, ON, Canad (06/27/2015/06/28/2015).


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>Schafer, R. Murray : Apocalypsis, for multiple choirs
  • Performers: Sarah Svendsen (Organ); Neema Bickersteth (Voice); Mika Sustar (Percussion); Mariatu Kamara (Voice); Lian McMillan (Percussion); Keshav Sharma-Jaitly (Percussion); Kawiti Waetford (Voice); Kareem El-Tyeb (Percussion); Elizabeth Go-Ho (Percussion); Brent Carver (Voice); Max Lindsay (Percussion); Bo Bardos (Voice); Adam Kaleta (Percussion); Derek Ou (Percussion); Danny Wright (Percussion); Carla Huhtanen (Voice); Yang Chen (Percussion); Julia Cleveland (Percussion); Tanya Gillis (Voice); Michael Murphy (Percussion); Laurie Anderson (Voice); Xin Wang (Voice)
  • Conductor: Anastasia Tchernikova
  • Ensemble: Musica Reflecta
  • Notes: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (Toronto, ON, Canada) (06/27/2015/06/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978
  • Studio/Live: Live