This double-CD represents most of the music from "Requiem for Fourteen Roses", a concert-length work for choir, vocal soloist, and 8-piece chamber ensemble. The work was composed by Elise Letourneau to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the École Polytechnique Massacre of December 6, 1989 in Montreal QC and to remember the young women who were lost that day.
The work itself features a partnership of classical and jazz sensibilities, and the intertwining of texts in English, French, and Latin. The concert premiere featured a blend of professional and community musicians, received wonderful community support to help bring the work to fruition, and was presented to a capacity audience.
Disc 1, Choral & Vocal Selections, was recorded live at the world-premiere in Ottawa ON on December 6, 2014 - twenty-five years to the day after the tragedy occurred.
Disc 2, The Fourteen Miniatures, was recorded by the composer at Morning Anthem Studio. The pieces are presented here as piano works, but they are designed to work with varying instrumentations.
Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz
we remember you...
nous nous souvenons de toi...
December 6, 1989
released November 13, 2015
Choir: Aram Adjemian, Mariam Al-Naser, Penny Annand, Bethany Armstrong, Chris Armstrong, Laura Buckland, Lee Carter, Philip Cartwright, Sandra Clarke, Marjorie Cooper, Marie Delorme, Patrick Denison, Errol Fletcher, Normand Glaude, David Hudson, Diane Jesmer, Pam Ladouceur, Tim Lash, Barbara Lyon, Jane MacDonald, Sylvie Marcil, Lynn McGuigan, Ross Mickelson, Kieran Milne, Mark Mitchell, Fauzya Moore, Karen Moore, April Norris, Joanne O’Connor, Kathleen O’Leary, Clare Pearson, Mary-Ellen Pitts, Katy Quinn, Sylvie Rimbach, Diane Ross, Janet Siltanen, Mike Steinberg, Rebecca Taylor, Anna Torgerson, Bill Tyson, Marc-André Veselovsky
Composer: Elise Letourneau
Conductor: Rachel Beausoleil
Vocal Soloist: Sienna Dahlen
Additional vocalists: Rachel Beausoleil, Elise Letourneau
Flute: Mike Tremblay
Cello: Joan Harrison
Piano: Elise Letourneau (3-14), Mark Ferguson (1-2)
Double Bass: John Geggie
Flugelhorn: Nicholas Dyson, Roberta Archibald
Trombone: Mark Ferguson, Ryan Purchase
Stage Manager: Carlo Verdicchio
Producers: Normand Glaude & Elise Letourneau
Concert Recording: Wayne Hawthorne
Mixing & Mastering: Normand Glaude - Morning Anthem studio
CD jacket design & layout: Marilee Townsend-Alcorn
Back cover photo: Claude Brazeau
Piano: Elise Letourneau
Engineer: Normand Glaude
Recorded at Morning Anthem Studio, Cumberland ON