Please note that the following CDs are listed in chronological order starting with the most recently recorded disc. Clicking on the CD cover will open new tab containing information as to where the CD can be purchased directly from the such businesses as ITunes, CD-Baby, the Canadian Music Centre or the recording artists.
Canadian Works for Oboe & Piano is a two CD set released by the Canadian Music Centre's Centrediscs. Featuring Charles Hamann, oboe, and Frédéric Lacroix, piano, this landmark two CD set contains over two hours of music for oboe and piano written by composers from across Canada over the past 70 years. With the exception of one work, all the music recorded on the discs are receiving their premiere recording and Charles and Fred worked closely with many of the living composers to capture the composers' intentions. Both performers are on faculty at the University of Ottawa's School of Music and the release of the CD coincides with the 25th anniversary of Hamann's appointment as the Principal Oboist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. This CD was the first classical music CD recording made at the Isabel Bader Performing Arts Centre at Queen's University. The two works by John Burge included in this CD package are Sonata Breve No. 4 and Twitter Etudes No. 2 for solo oboe. The latter work was written specifically for Charles Hamann and the work's first public performance was presented at the CD release event on June 8 2017 at the University of Ottawa. Purchase on ITunes.
Chamber Music of John Burge is a Canadian Music Centre Centrediscs CD recorded by the Ensemble Made In Canada with the subtitle of: 2+2=4. EMIC is an incredibly talented Piano Quartet who commissioned John Burge's own Piano Quartet (premiering the work in 2012). In addition to being the featured work on the recording they have performed Burge's Piano Quartet a dozen times in Canada and the United States. Also included on the disc are two duos, Pas de Deux, for violin and cello, and String Theory, in the viola and piano version. This recording of the Piano Quartet was nominated for a 2016 Juno Award in the Classical Composition of the Year category. Purchase on ITunes.
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This CD titled, Ontario Reflections, includes the complete recording of the premiere performance of the five-movement work, Cathedral Architecture, for brass band and organ that took place in St. James Cathedral, Toronto, Ontario, on November 3, 2012. Commissioned by the Hannaford Street Silver Band, the recording features William O'Meara on organ and Edward Gregson, conductor.
The title track of this Marquis Classics CD, Flanders Fields Reflections, received the 2009 JUNO Award for the Best Recording of a Canadian Classical Composition. The entire CD is devoted to string orchestra commissions by John Burge performed by Sinfonia Toronto under the baton of Nurhan Arman. In addition to very popular Upper Canada Fiddle Suite, Cellist Shauna Rolston joins the group to create a very expressive performance of One Sail. Purchase on ITunes.
In 2008, the Christ Church Anglican Cathedral of Montreal and their Music Director, Patrick Wedd, commissioned John Burge to compose an a cappella choral work in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Olivier Messiaen's birth. The resultant composition, Missa Brevis du Banquet céleste, is a 20-minute work predominantly scored for double choir. Premiered in the summer of 2008, the choir later released a beautiful recording of the composition in 2009 as part of a wonderfully diverse CD of Canadian sacred choral music. It is worth tracking the CD down through the Christ Church Anglican Cathedral of Montreal Office.
Departure Point, for organ, was recorded by James Picken in 2007 on a wonderful two-CD set of organ music by composers with a connection to Alberta. Entitled, In the Pipes, the entire CD recording was made using four different organs in Calgary and for Departure Point, the large, symphonic design of the three-movement work is captured fully on the Carthy Organ at Jack Singer Hall, Calgary, Alberta.
Snowdrift, for full orchestra, was recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic, Robert Ian Winstin, conducting in 2005 on the ERM-Media CD entitled, Masterworks of the New Era, Volume 4.
The Blues of a Chagall Window, for alto saxophone and organ, was recorded by Daniel Rubinoff, alto saxophone, Chris Dawes, organ, at St. James Cathedral Cathedral, Toronto Ontario on their CD, THE DANCE OF THE BLESSED SPIRITS in 2002. It is available from the Canadian Music Centre.
Recorded in 2000, Heavy Metal is one of a number of CDs that the Hannaford Street Silver Band have recorded that is entirely devoted to Canadian compositions for brass band. The opening track is John Burge's Rocky Mountain Overture, which was originally written for orchestra and the Hannaford Street Silver Band later commissioned John Burge to make this arrangement.
John Burge's Forgotten Dreams, for flute and string orchestra, is the title of this Thirteen Strings of Ottawa CD recorded in 1995. Joanna G'froerer, Principal Flute of the National Arts Centre Orchestra is the soloist with Paul Andreas Mahr, conducting. Purchase on ITunes.