Based in Ottawa, Canada, the Thirteen String Chamber Orchestra is particularly devoted to the work of living composers, as exemplified by this new recording. The programme comprises four works by Canadian composer John Burge that were commissioned and premiered by the orchestra before receiving further performances across Canada and internationally. Conductor Kevin Mallon is a long-standing Naxos artist who adds to his 50-plus entries in the label's catalogue with this latest album.
John Burge is a JUNO Award-winning composer and a passionate advocate for Canadian music who has a strong affinity with writing for string instruments. All of the works in this recording were commissioned and premiered by the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra. Opening with the joyous and celebratory Sinfonia Antiqua, the mood shifts to an evocative and impressionistic atmosphere in Forgotten Dreams, while One Sail captures the compelling power of poetic imagery. The Upper Canada Fiddle Suite blends tradition and nostalgia with entirely original inventiveness, and concludes an album that perfectly represents Burge’s eloquent and deeply expressive compositional style.