Our ten recordings (so far). You can listen to a few select tracks by visiting our LISTEN page.
release: Marquis 2017
The esteemed Canadian composer and our dear friend Clifford Crawley composed these 18 original holiday arrangements for us shortly before his passing in 2016. His tremendous creativity as a composer/arranger, skillful handling of a wide range of styles, unexpected turns of phrase, and witty and colourful harmonies are on full display throughout this special album. We are joined by the wonderful Christine Carter, clarinet on five of the tracks.
One of my favorites SANTA CLAUS
release: Marquis 2017
This recording of works written especially for the Duo features The River is Within Us by Andrew Staniland, Chants du Cœur by Denis Gougeon, Cœur à cœur by Alice Ho, Petrichor by Jocelyn Morloch, and Incarnation, for electric violin and piano, by Chan Ka Nin.
Banish any prejudices you may have about contemporary classical music being inaccessible or overly complex, and hit play on Incarnation, the amazing new album from Duo Concertante featuring five new Canadian works. It's seriously good. CBC FIRST PLAY (ROBERT ROWAT)
J. S. Bach Six sonatas for Violin and Keyboard
release: Marquis 2016
The 2017 ECMA Classical Recording of the Year!
There’s warmth, clarity, sensitivity and empathy to spare, with crystal-clear violin lines, faultless intonation throughout the most difficult passages and a thoughtful and always sensitive piano contribution. You tend to run out of superlatives with performances like these, and there’s simply not much you can do other than sit back, listen and be carried away by the complete artistry. THE WHOLENOTE (TERRY ROBBINS)
Wonderful, intelligent, passionate playing! Bach for today. What more could one want? WIENER ZEITUNG (VIENNA)
Mendelssohn and MacDonald Double Concertos
release: Marquis 2015
An exciting collaboration with Marc David and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, this album is dedicated to Gerry Germain, a great supporter of the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador. We were very happy to record Andrew MacDonald’s concerto, which we commissioned in 2000.
Duo Concertante, the Newfoundland-based duo of violinist Nancy Dahn and pianist Timothy Steeves, have followed up their outstanding set of the complete Beethoven Sonatas with an equally satisfying CD of Double Concertos for Violin, Piano and Orchestra by Felix Mendelssohn and Andrew Paul MacDonald. Marc David conducts the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. The Mendelssohn D Minor Concerto is performed here in the version with winds and timpani… The grace and lyricism of the mature composer are already in evidence. Dahn and Steeves both display the perfectly judged tone and style that made their Beethoven set such an outstanding success, as well as shining in the virtuosic passages. The MacDonald Double Concerto Op.51 was commissioned by Duo Concertante some 15 years ago… It really is a very attractive and convincing work. The Duo has performed both concertos numerous times since then, and the two works are perfect companions on a really attractive CD. THE WHOLENOTE
Beethoven Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano
release: Marquis 2013
A monumental and incredibly meaningful project for us. The masterful and canonic Beethoven Sonatas are the centerpieces of the duo repertoire but also integral parts of our daily lives. We were very fortunate to be able to record this 3 CD set with David Jaeger, producer and Dennis Patterson, engineer.
Dahn has impeccable control over her bow. Her playing is modern but never heavy-handed, clearly influenced by some of the livelier bowing techniques promoted by historically informed soloists. Steeves is the ideal partner in these pieces, matching Dahn’s nuance for nuance in phrasing, dynamics and rhythm. It may seem self-evident to do this, but the degree to which these two artists play as one is not something we can take for granted. As the CD booklet points out, these 10 sonatas are a musical landmark not just for their expressive power, but because they represent the first point at which a composer treats both instruments as equals. There is no accompanist here, just two collaborators. How fitting that they be performed by life partners. The recording made at the Glenn Gould Studio last year is so good right down to the tiniest of details that it deserves to be called a reference in the contemporary performance of these 10 great pieces. MUSICAL TORONTO (JOHN TERAUDS)
integrated performances that flow naturally as if the music were being created on the spot. GRAMOPHONE
release: Centredisc 2010
Our second recording of new commissioned works. It includes Chan Ka Nin’s Late in a Slow Time with Barbara Budd narrating the poetry of Carole Langille, Supernatural Love by Kati Agócs, and Duo for Violin and Piano by R. Murray Schafer. We also included Schafer’s Wild Bird, written for Jacques Israelievitch and originally composed for violin and harp. The Duo for Violin and Piano won the Classical Composition of the Year Award at the 2011 Junos.
The performances on this disc are immensely praiseworthy. Both Dahn and Steeves have outstanding command technically and musically, and the tight quality of the ensemble playing speaks to years of successful collaboration. Throughout there is an intense energy to the playing, coupled with a remarkable ability to project a spacious quality in open-textured passages. Even in dark passages, the playing is never overbearing. This duo has an exceptional ability to hold every note in suspense and captivate the listener, no matter how disparate the compositional styles that are present on this disc. CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF MUSIC LIBRARIANS NEWSLETTER (JON GONDER)
It Takes Two
release: Marquis 2009
The late, great Clifford Crawley did all of the arrangements on this recording. They include Jazz favourites such as A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie) and Black Orpheus (Bonfá), a Richard Rogers medley entitled It’s a Grand Night to Fall in Love with the Most Beautiful Girl on a Carousel, Mozart’s Turkish March, opera favourites such as Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix (Saint Saëns) and the Humming Chorus (Puccini), Shostakovich’s Sabre Dance, Tico Tico (de Abreu), and more.
All the arrangements on this spectacular recording are by the British-born Canadian composer Clifford Crawley. I certainly hope the … arrangements on this recording will be made available for other musicians to play. They are simply too good not to share. AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
release: Atma 2004
This was our first recording of commissioned works by Kelly-Marie Murphy (Dance me to your Beauty with a Burning Violin), Chan Ka Nin (Cool Mountain Water), Omar Daniel (Wild Honey), and Jean Lesage (Portrait of a Sentimental Musician in a Distorting Mirror). Also featured is Andrew MacDonald’s Sonata No. 2 “The Phoenix.”
The performers are excellent at portraying all of these musical ideas with technical polish and emotional control. For those curious about where music may be headed, this is a fascinating and thought-provoking program. AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
Of Heart and Homeland
release: Atma 2002
Of Heart and Homeland was a joint production with CBC Radio Newfoundland and Labrador. Francesca Swann served as producer. The recording includes the Janáček Sonata, Manuel de Falla’s Suite populaire espagnole, Shostakovich’s Three Fantastic Dances, Bedrich Smetana’s Aus der Heimat, Dvořák’s Balada Op. 15, Astor Piazzolla’s Le grand tango (Nancy’s arrangement), and Michael Parker’s In Memoriam.
The musical bond between this Newfoundland-based husband and wife duo is evident upon the very first hearing, making this recording a convincing follow-up to their debut “À deux.” One doesn’t listen to a program of violin music here, but to real chamber music, as it should be. For example, the second movement of the Janacek Sonata, the Ballada, seems suspended between poetry and romance, the fluidity of the piano intertwining intimately with the poignancy of the violin. LA SCENA MUSICALE
release: Atma 1998
Our debut recording featuring Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata, the Ravel Sonata, Stravinsky’s Dance Russe, and the FAE Scherzo by Johannes Brahms.
Here is a unity of thought one rarely encounters as musicians clamber over each other to carve out solo careers. Both virtuosos in their own right, Steeves and Dahn have chosen to channel their talents into one flawlessly harmonious package. THE ST. JOHN’S TELEGRAM (PETER JACKSON)
There is a cool fire in Duo Concertante’s Beethoven, fire in the playing, coolness in the sound. Dahn can’t play a single thirty-second note without making it sing as if it thought it was the Queen of the Universe. After three years of this musical partnership, she and Steeves have reached that enviable plateau in any chamber music collaboration where each thinks each other’s thoughts. THE HALIFAX HERALD (STEPEHN PERDERSEN)