Ottawa Citizen: Soprano Mireille Asselin & The Amici Ensemble’s New CD “A love-letter to Canada”
Soprano Mireille Asselin is featured in today’s Ottawa Citizen about her CD with the Amici Chamber Ensemble. She dubs it “a love letter to Canada”. The disc ‘Inspired by Canada: Notre Pays’ (Marquis Classics) is in stores as of today!
It started out more broadly — What can we arrange for clarinet, cello, piano and voice to make a songbook of sorts? But we soon realized that a lot of the pieces we were drawn to were Canadian, like Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Joni Mitchell’s A Case of You. And it being Canada 150, we thought, what better time to delve into the treasure trove of musical material we have here at home!
I’ve also been a fan of the Amici Ensemble ever since I first heard them as an undergraduate student in Toronto. They come up with the most wonderful, varied, challenging programs and they play with such love and joy (and skill!). They’ve also previously won a Juno for their recording Levant, so it was truly a dream come true for them to ask me to join them on this project.
-Mireille, full feature here.
*photo credit: Bo Huang