Canadian Composers Portraits: Jean Coulthard

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Concerto For Piano And Orchestra (2,356.25 kb)
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Sketches from the Western Woods (1,630.71 kb)
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Call Number: CD 706
Organization: CBC Vancouver Orchestra
Media Type: CD
Year of Release: 2002
Record Label: Centrediscs / Centredisques

This recording is part of the Centrediscs’ Canadian Composers Portraits series which documents the emergence of a generation of pioneering professional composers who firmly established Canada’s place on the world’s musical map. Each release in this retrospective of the last fifty years is dedicated to a single composer and uniquely combines full-length documentaries on the composers’ lives and music, as well as a selection of their most important works.


"Coulthard emerges as a woman of intellect who overcame formidable obstacles with charm and humour. Musical excerpts are carefully chosen to highlight and enhance the spoken word. [...] I would strongly recommend this recording, and hope it will prompt further exploration of Coulthard’s works." - Charlene Biggs, CAML review

CD 1

Coulthard documentary produced and presented by Eitan Cornfield

CD 2

1-3. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

4-6. Sketches from the Western Woods

7-19. Twelve Essays on a Cantabile Theme

View the English transcription of the documentary.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Department of Canadian Heritage.


Robert Silverman (piano); CBC Vancouver Orchestra; Dwight Bennet (conductor / chef d'orchestre)
John Ogden (piano)
Purcell String Quartet: Norman Nelson & Joseph Peleg (violins / violons); Philippe Etter (viola / alto); Ian Hampton (cello / violoncelle)
University of Alberta String Quartet: Thomas Rolston & Lawrence Fisher (violins / violons); Michael Bowie (viola / alto); Claude Kenneson (cello / violoncelle)

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