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Here's my solo cello version of

O Canada


Simon Fryer, Cello - Leslie De'Ath, piano

Ashton, Liddle & Stanford

...Fryer plays with a seductive blend of depth and restraint, knowing exactly when to let a musical line loose from its bridle, yet never allowing the Victorians’ love of melodrama to get out of hand.
Fryer and De’Ath convey the music with elegance and utter conviction.

John Terauds

Algernon Ashton( 1859-1937)  premier recording   Liner Notes
Sonata no.2 in G major, Op.75, for violoncello and piano [1892]
Allegro moderato | Adagio, ma non troppo | Finale: Allegro animato

Samuel Liddle (1867-1951)  premier recording   Liner Notes
Sonata in E-flat major, for violoncello and piano [1889]
Allegro moderato | Scherzo: Allegro - Tranquillo - Allegro | Adagio cantabile | Rondo: Allegro con spirito

Elegy, for violoncello and piano [1900]

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) Liner Notes
Sonata no.2 in D minor, Op.39, for violoncello and piano [1889]
Allegretto con moto moderato | Andante con moto - Allegretto scherzando - Andante - Prestissimo - Andante | Allegro giusto


Simon Fryer, cello - Lydia Wong, piano

A shamelessly personal selection of works for solo cello and cello with piano written during the years of my life by a diverse group of composers in a wide variety of styles. I value these works not only as significant contributions to the cello repertoire, but also as landmarks in my musical and personal development.

...a terrific collection of 20th Century music...the major offering is Britten's Sonata in C Op.65. It is one of the great cello works of modern times and Fryer and Wong play it most persuasively. I took almost as much pleasure from Alice Ho's unaccompanied Caprice. Gary Kulesha's ...and dark time flowed by her like a river... is entirely engaging as well
Richard Todd
Ottawa Citizen

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) Liner Notes
Sonata in C, Op.65
Dialogo | Scherzo-pizzicato | Elegia | Marcia | Moto Perpetuo

Alexina Louie (b.1949) Liner Notes
Bringing the Tiger down from the Mountain...

Alice Ho (b.1960) Liner Notes
Caprice (solo cello)

Krzysztof Penderecki (b.1933) Liner Notes
Capriccio for Siegfried Palm (solo cello)

Ronald Royer (b.1959) Liner Notes
A Short Odyssey

Iannis Xenakis (b.1922) Liner Notes
kottos (solo cello)

Gary Kulesha (b.1954) Liner Notes
...and dark time flowed by her like a river...


​Victorian Cello Sonatas

Ashton, Liddle & Stanford

​-Centaur Records


Neue Bilder: Music of James Harley

New Music Concerts Ensemble

- Centrediscs

MING: Music of Alice Ho: PSQ
- Centrediscs

Lament in the Trampled Garden: Music of Marjan Mozetich: PSQ
- Centrediscs (Juno Winner - Best Classical Composition)

El Dorado: Music for Harp and Strings: PSQ
- Centaur Classics (Juno Nominee)

Launch Pad: works written for the PSQ
- Centrediscs

The Winds of Thera: Music of Andrew MacDonald: PSQ
- Centrediscs

Quantum Mehanics: Music of Jeffrey Ryan; PSQ
- Centrediscs

Bela Bartok: complete works for string quartet: PSQ
- Eklektra

String Theory: Music for String Quartet and electronics: PSQ
- Eklektra

Red Dragonfly: with jazz saxophonist Jane Bunnett: PSQ

Aradia Ensemble: Vivaldi
- Naxos

Azulao - Cello Ensemble w/ soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian:
- CBC records (Juno Winner)

Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Jukka-Pekka Saraste: Dutilleux
- Finlandia

Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Jukka-Pekka Saraste: Bartok
- Finlandia

Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Jukka-Pekka Saraste: Prokofiev
- Finlandia

O Canada - a Canadian Celebration: solo cello version
- Phoenix (certified Platinum)

Canadian Opera Company/Richard Bradshaw: Serata Italiana
- CBC Records

Music of a life so far... Debut Solo CD
- Phoenix Records

Virtuoso Reality: Joel Quarrington and friends:
- CBC Records

Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Jukka-Pekka Saraste: Rachmaninov
- Finlandia

The Bach Consort at L'Arche
- Independent

Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Jukka-Pekka Saraste: Mussorgsky
- Finlandia

The Charmer
- Centrediscs

The Bach Consort at Camphill: Cantatas by J. S. Bach
- Independent

ø Bali: Toronto New Music Concerts
- CBC Musica Viva

Susan Hoeppner: flute & strings
- Marquis Classics

Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Gunther Herbig: Beethoven
- CBC Records

Lutoslawski conducts Lutoslawski
- New Music Concerts

Dayna Manning: Volume I
- EMD/Nettwerk

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