Elektra’s Garden

Elektra’s Garden is a collection of secular music from many parts of the world, including Spain, France, England, the United States and Canada. The music, much of it recently written, evocatively explores the human experiences of nature and love. Canadian composers Allan Bevan, Eleanor Daley, Allison Girvan, Diane Loomer, and Stephen Smith offer works ranging from new compositions to lyrical texts to exceptional folk song arrangements. The disc also includes two major suites: the delicate and deservedly famous Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre and Historietas del Viento (Stories of the Wind) from Spain’s Alejandro Yagüe (poetry by Lorca), which was written for Elektra. The violinist on the Smith and Whitacre is Nancy DiNovo.

Booklet: Elektra’s Garden

1. Scarborough Fair
2. Five Hebrew Love Songs: I Temuná
3. Five Hebrew Love Songs: II Kalá Kallá
4. Five Hebrew Love Songs: III Larov
5. Five Hebrew Love Songs: IV Eyze Sheleg!
6. Five Hebrew Love Songs: V Rakut
7. To Morning
8. Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary’s
9. Kaipaava
10. Historietas del Viento: I El viento venía rojo
11. Historietas del Viento: II Viento estancado
12. Historietas del Viento: III La brisa
13. Historietas del Viento: IV ¿Qué doncella se casa con el viento?
14. Harp of Wild
15. Les Angélus
16. Lake Isle of Innisfree
17. V’la l’bon vent
18. Love Went a-Riding
19. Here’s to Song
trad. English, arr. Stephen Smith *
Eric Whitacre
Eric Whitacre
Eric Whitacre
Eric Whitacre
Eric Whitacre
Allan Bevan *
Otto P. Kelland, arr. Diane Loome *
trad. Finnish, arr. Wurorela and Chydenius
Alejandro Yagüe
Alejandro Yagüe
Alejandro Yagüe
Alejandro Yagüe
Allan Bevan *
Claude Debussy, arr. Clytus Gottwald
Eleanor Daley *
trad. French Canadian, arr. Allison Girvan *
Frank Bridge, arr. Stephen Smith *
Allistair MacGillivray, arr. Diane Loomer *

* Canadian tracks Canadian Composition