Cantata Singers of Ottawa choir


Please find below audio files that showcase live performances from previous years, including compositions from the Renaissance (Viadana’s “Ave Verum”), the High Baroque (J.S. Bach’s “Gott ist unsere Zuversicht” from Cantata 197) and the transition from 19th century Romanticism to 20th Century modernism (the Sanctus from the Requiem of Gabriel Fauré).

All selections are in the MP3 format.

Listen to music selections of the choir from concerts from over the years and from our CD of Christmas music.
(All selections are in the MP3 format.)


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Concert: Rachmaninoff Vespers by Candlelight

13 November 2021, St. Joseph’s Parish, Ottawa
[Download] Rachmaninoff, Priidite poklonimsia (Come, let us worship, 3.7MB)
[Download] Rachmaninoff, Blagosloven yesi, Ghospodi (Blessed art thou, 7.9MB)

These two tracks illustrate a concert performed with singers masked and distanced.  They include the lowest notes written for the human voice.

Concert: Britten’s Saint Nicolas

23 November 2019, Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa
[Download] Britten, The Birth of Nicolas (2.9MB)

Britten composed his Saint Nicolas Cantata to be a community event. This track features a local orchestra, the boys and girls of Christ Church Cathedral choirs directed by James Calkin, 9-year-old Justin Sidaros as young Nicolas and Nils Brown as mature Nicolas.

Concert: Bach Cantatas By Candlelight

09 March 2019, Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa
[Download] Bach, Gott ist unsere Zuversicht (8.2MB)

Concert: Ave Verum

26 May 2018, St. Joseph’s Parish, Ottawa
[Download] Viadana, Ave Verum (2.3MB)

Concert: Winter Music

18 March 2018, St. Joseph’s Parish, Ottawa
[Download] Poulenc, De grandes cuillers de neige (1.6MB)
[Download] Schaffer, Snowforms (9.5MB)

Concert: Fauré Requiem

04 November 2017, St. Joseph’s Parish, Ottawa
[Download] Sanctus (3.5MB)

Concert: Faire is the Heaven

Michael Zaugg, conductor
2 February 2008, Christ Church Cathedral

[Hi] [Lo] [Download]   Sing Joyfully, William Byrd (1542-1623) (02:35)
[Hi] [Lo] [Download]   Ave verum corpus, William Byrd (03:54)
[Hi] [Lo] [Download]   Lay a garland, arr. Robert Pearsall (1795-1856) (2:41)

Concert: Masterworks of the Slavic Christian Liturgy

Laurence Ewashko, conductor
10 November 2001, St. Patrick’s Basilica, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

[Hi] [Lo] [Download]   Yedinorodnïy Sïnye [Only begotten son], by Alexander Grechaninov (1864 – 1956) ( 02:33, B)

Concert: Viaggio Italiano

Laurence Ewashko, conductor
2 June 2001, Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

[Hi] [Lo] [Download]   Rise up my love, my fair one, by Healey Willan (1880 – 1968) ( 02:06, B )
[Hi] [Lo] [Download]   Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, arr. John Barron ( 02:59, B )
[Hi] [Lo] [Download]   I’m gonna ride the chariot, arr. William H. Smith ( 03:00, B )

Concert: Choral Masterworks of the Millennium

Laurence Ewashko, conductor
30 January 2000, St. Matthew’s Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

[Hi] [Lo] [Download]   Victimae paschali laudes, by Wipo of Burgundy (c. 1000 – 1048) ( 02:05, B )
[Hi] [Lo] [Download]   Ave generosa, by Hildegard von Bingen (1089 – 1179) ( 05:09, B )
[Hi] [Lo] [Download]   Il bianco e dolce cigno, by Jakob Arcadelt(c. 1505 – 1568) ( 01:47, B )
[Hi] [Lo] [Download]   Miniwanka, by R. Murray Schafer (1933 -) ( 05:01, B )

Concert: Sacred Music of our Time

Lydia Adams, guest conductor
16 May 1999, St. Matthew’s Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

[Hi] [Lo] [Download]   God the Master of This Scene, by Harry Somers (1925 – 1999) ( 03:08, B )

Concert: Vespers

All Night Vigil Opus 37, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)

Laurence Ewashko, conductor
31 March 1996, Église St-François-d’Assise, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

[Hi] [Lo] [Download]   Priidite, Poklonimsia [Come, let us worship] ( 02:59, B )
[Hi] [Lo] [Download]   Bogoroditse Dyevo [Rejoice, O virgin], by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) ( 02:29, B )
[Hi] [Lo] [Download]   Voskreseniye Khristovo Videvshe [Having beheld the resurrection], by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) ( 02:52, B )
[Hi] [Lo] [Download]   Vzbrannoy Voyevode [To Thee, the victorious leader], by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) ( 01:26, B )

CD: Here are We in Bethlehem

Laurence Ewashko, conductor
Spring 1991, Église St-François-d’Assise, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

[Hi] [Download]   Leise rieselt der Schnee ( 01:34, B )
[Hi] [Download]   Šcedryk ( 01:39, B )