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Centrediscs June Album Launch - Canadian Works for Oboe & Piano

Centrediscs June Album Launch - Canadian Works for Oboe & Piano

May 31, 2017

CMC Centrediscs is pleased to announce the release of Canadian Works for Oboe & Piano, a new CD from oboist Charles Hamann with pianist Frédéric Lacroix. The CD will be celebrated with a performance by Hamann and Lacroix at Freiman Hall at the University of Ottawa on Thursday, June 8th.

Canadian Works for Oboe & Piano is a sweeping 2-CD compilation of Canadian repertoire for oboe and piano from the past 70 years. A celebration in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the collection highlights the oboe’s personal, singing quality and is unified by the lyrical essence of all the works. The two discs feature a fascinating combination of sonatas, stand-alone works and suites. With the exception of Jacques Hétu’s “Incantation” (previously recorded by Lawrence Cherney), all the works on these discs are receiving their first recorded performances.

“The seeds for this recording were planted years ago,” says Hamann about the compilation. “I have long felt various urges to more deeply explore and share the musical richness of Canada, contribute to the growth and development of young oboists, enlarge the repertoire for oboe, challenge myself artistically, and collaborate more closely with my University of Ottawa teaching colleague, pianist Frédéric Lacroix.”

Date and Time: Thursday, June 8, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM, short concert followed by a reception
Location: Freiman Hall - Faculty of Music, Pérez Building, University of Ottawa (610 Cumberland St., Ottawa, ON, K1N 1A2)
Admission: FREE

About Charles Hamann
Charles “Chip” Hamann, was appointed to the principal oboe chair of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) in 1993 at the age of 22. Mr. Hamann is also an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa School of Music and the oboe instructor at the National Arts Centre’s Summer Music Institute. He is a frequent guest principal oboist with some of the world’s finest ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Quebec’s Les Violons du Roy. Mr. Hamann is also a member of the NAC Wind Quintet, comprised of principal players of NACO.

CMC Centrediscs
Over the past 35 years the Canadian Music Centre’s recording label has garnered 7 JUNO Awards (and 39 nominations), 7 East Coast Music Awards (and 16 nominations) and 10 West Coast Music Awards (and 9 nominations). Centrediscs is Canada’s foremost label of contemporary concert music, recording the works of its CMC Associate Composers. Visit centrediscs.ca for more information.

About the Canadian Music Centre
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For further information, please contact:
Nicole Blain
Director, Library Services and Centrediscs
Phone: 416-961-6601 x303
Email: nblain@musiccentre.ca