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R. Murray Schafer

Mezzo-soprano Eleanor James and Conductor Alexander Mickelthwaite acknowledge Murray Schafer after a performance of “Letters from Mignon” by Eleanor James and the National Arts Centre Orchestra on March 26, 2008. [Dyanne Wilson Photography]

Suggested Playlist

Concerto (flute); Concerto (harp); The Darkly Splendid Earth: The Lonely Traveller

Robert Aitken, flute; Judy Loman, harp; Jacques Israelievitch, violin; Kazuyoshi Akiyama/Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis, Günther Herbig/Toronto Symphony Orchestra (CBC Records: SMCD 5114)

Available through the Canadian Music Centre’s online boutique

A Garden of Bells; Gamelan; Felix's Girls; Miniwanka; Snowforms; Sun; Epitaph for Moonlight; Fire

Jon Washburn/Vancouver Chamber Choir (Grouse Records: GR 101)

Available through the Vancouver Chamber Choir website

Gitanjali; The Garden of the Heart; Adieu Robert Schumann

Donna Brown, soprano; Judith Forst, Annamaria Popescu, mezzo-sopranos; Mario Bernardi/National Arts Centre Orchestra (CBC Records: SMCD 5173)

Available through

Letters from Mignon

Eleanor James, mezzo-soprano; Alex Pauk/Esprit Orchestra (ATM: B000QFBW3S)

Available on and

A Medieval Bestiary

Timothy Koch/Carolina Chamber Chorale (Albany: 452)

Available on iTunes

String Quartet Nos. 1-7

Marie-Danielle Parent, soprano; Quatuor Molinari (Atma: ACD 2188/89)

Available on iTunes

String Quartet No. 8; Theseus; Beauty and the Beast

Marie-Danielle Parent, soprano; Julie Nesrallah, mezzo-soprano; Jennifer Swartz, harp; Quatuor Molinari (Atma: ACD 2201)

Available through

Watch and listen to two selections from Schafer's string quartets played live by the Molinari String Quartet!