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.

with Nancy DiNovo, violin; Stephen Smith, piano

Booklet here: Elektra’s Garden

Pieces on this Recording:

  1. Scarborough Fair Canadian Work Traditional English Stephen Smith (arr) 
  2. Five Hebrew Love Songs Eric Whitacre
  3. To Morning Canadian Work Allan Bevan
  4. Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary’s Canadian Work Otto P. Kelland Diane Loomer (arr) 
  5. Kaipaava Traditional Finnish Wurorela and Chydenius (arr) 
  6. Historietas del Viento Alejandro Yague
  7. Que doncella se casa con el viento? (from Historietas del Viento) Alejandro Yague
  8. Harp of Wild Canadian Work Allan Bevan
  9. Les Angélus Claude Debussy Clytus Gottwald (arr) 
  10. Lake Isle of Innisfree, The Canadian Work Eleanor Daley
  11. V’la l’bon vent Canadian Work Traditional French Canadian Allison Girvan (arr) 
  12. Love Went a-Riding Canadian Work Frank Bridge Stephen Smith (arr) 
  13. Here’s to Song Canadian Work Allister MacGillivray Diane Loomer (arr) 

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