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—piece for solo kantele (zither)
 
CD RELEASES

  Windermere String Quartet: Inner Landscapes
 
Traces of a Silent Landscape. Windermere String Quartet: "Inner Landscapes" (2016). Purchase.


 
 
Lullaby. Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: "A Concert for New York" (2013). 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards nominee for Classical Recording of the Year. Purchase.

"...gentle textures and flowing themes occasionally yield surprising harmonic turns and briskly changing meters."
—Allan Kozinn, New York Times, on Lullaby

"...a work of quiet rapture and refined sensibility...elegant concision..."
—Jack Sullivan, American Record Guide, on Lullaby

"...the most impressive music I have heard from Rival..."
—Mark Morris, Edmonton Journal, on L'Aube
   
WHAT'S NEW
Windermere String Quartet: Inner Landscapes In partnership with Ottawa's premiere sheet music store The Leading Note, L'Aube has been included in the Pro Coro Canada Choral Series alongside other works commissioned by the Edmonton choir led by Michael Zaugg. View a perusal score and purchase digital copies for your choir's next performance.
Windermere String Quartet: Inner Landscapes World premiere recording by Toronto's Windermere String Quartet of Traces of a Silent Landscape on the Pipistrelle Music label. Order CD. Available to download and stream via iTunes, Spotify, Naxos Music Library and other platforms.
"[...] a striking and very effective work, quite modern in style but with clear traditional roots. [...] The delicate ending of the final Forest's Lullaby is quite stunning." —Terry Robbins, The WholeNote (April 2017)
"[...] begins with a measured fugal texture—more evocative of the fugues of the Romantics than Bach [...] with a long climax. Each movement explores an aspect of wintery stillness in nature. It's effective writing and definitely worth a listen." —Kiersten van Vliet, La Scena Musicale (June 1, 2017)

Generations/Conversations: Robert Rival Generations/Conversations interview with Michael Schulman for the Canadian Music Centre.
"Every time I experience Mozart it’s with fresh ears. There’s something about the complexity below the veneer of simplicity that just fascinates me and touches me."
Badinerie On Nov 16, 2016, Robin Doyon, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet, and Sarah Ho (piano) gave the world premiere of this light-hearted piece, an Edmonton Arts Council commission, at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton. Stay tuned for a recording.
   
UPCOMING EVENTS
Date Location Work Details
2017
May 12 Toronto, ON Spring North Toronto Collegiate Institute Orchestra. Debbie Pady, cond. Maytime Melodies. 17 Broadway Av.
May 14 Vancouver, BC Spring Vancouver Youth Symphony Junior Orchestra. Rick Dorfer, cond. Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC.
May 15 Niagara Falls, ON Spring North Toronto Collegiate Institute Orchestra. Debbie Pady, cond. MusicFest national competition.
Jun 10 Edmonton, AB Traces of a Silent Landscape Canadian Chamber Music Weekend. Vaughan Quartet, Holy Trinity Anglican Church.
Jun 16
& 17
Edmonton, AB Northwest Passage Variations Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. William Eddins, cond. Winspear Centre. Also featuring John Estacio's Trumpet Concerto.
Aug 19 Ottawa, ON Confluence
*World Premiere*
Orchestre des jeunes du 150e. Simon Rivard, cond. Commissioned by the Centre d’excellence artistique De La Salle. Venue TBD.
Nov 11 Helsinki, Finland [work for kantele]
*World Premiere*
Commissioned by Queen's University for Hedi Viisma. Concert organized by the Sibelius Academy at Helsinki Music Centre.