Isabel Bayrakdarian, James Parker, Cello Ensemble
The New York Times described Isabel Bayrakdarian as “a bright-voiced soprano.” After winning the prestigious Operalia Competition in 2000, she has quickly ascended the classical music ladder as both a concert and recital performer. She can be heard on the soundtracks of The Two Towers and Ararat, and topped classical charts in Canada with her debut, Joyous Light. She is accompanied here by James Parker, a member of the acclaimed Gryphon Trio.
Karina Gauvin, Raffi Armenian, Canadian Chamber Ensemble
The Toronto Star’s Geoff Chapman recently declared that “Karina Gauvin’s vocal opulence has somehow improved on excellence.” The acclaimed soprano shines on Chants d’Auvergne, a collection of folksong arrangements by French composer Joseph Canteloube. She is accompanied by the Canadian Chamber Ensemble and conductor Raffi Armenian on this charming recording.