At the annual JUNO Awards ceremony yesterday, two Analekta recordings received an award, Gryphon Trio‘s The End of Flowers in the category Classical Album of the Year – Chamber Ensemble and the composition Golden Slumbers Kiss Your Eyes… by composer Ana Sokolović in the category Classical Composition of the Year, a work featured on the album New Worlds by the National Arts Center Orchestra and Alexander Shelley.
The End of Flowers, the 20th album of Gryphon Trio, includes works composed by Rebecca Clarke and Maurice Ravel, two piano trios inspired by the tragedy of the First World War. “In the winds of war, Ravel and Clarke composed two remarkable piano trios. Completed within the early frenzy and aftermath of this bleak chapter in human history, these brilliant works were not intended as memorials but stand as a testament to the enduring power of life and art” said Roman Borys, the ensemble’s cellist.
With violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys and pianist James Parker, the Gryphon Trio has continually impressed international audiences with its highly refined and dynamic performances. With a repertoire that ranges from traditional to contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphon Trio is committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century.
Commissioned by the National Arts Center, Montreal composer Ana Sokolović’s Golden Slumbers Kiss Your Eyes… was recorded by Music Director Alexander Shelley and the National Arts Center Orchestra for their album New Worlds. About it, Ana Sokolović wrote “This piece is structured like a travel diary describing different countries and different times… imaginary countries we visit most often in our dreams and strongly influenced by the theme of childhood.”
An important figure in contemporary music, Ana Sokolović has distinguished herself both in Canada and internationally. Her works, infused with Balkan rhythms, are influenced by different artistic disciplines and seduce an ever-growing audience, drawing them into a vividly imagined world. Her success is revealed through prestigious collaborations with Canadian orchestras, leading artists on the musical scene, as well as many Québécois chamber music ensembles.