Lullaby. Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: "A Concert for New York" (2013). 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards nominee for Classical Recording of the Year.Purchase.
"...gentle textures and flowing themes occasionally yield surprising harmonic turns and briskly changing meters." —Allan Kozinn, New York Times, on Lullaby
"...a work of quiet rapture and refined sensibility...elegant concision..." —Jack Sullivan, American Record Guide, on Lullaby
"...the most impressive music I have heard from Rival..." —Mark Morris, Edmonton Journal, on L'Aube
World premiere of Ten Miniatures for chromatic kantele, performed by Hedi Viisma on November 11, 2017, at a concert at the Helsinki Music Centre celebrating 30 years of the kantele class at the Sibelius Academy. [starts at 37:11]
World premiere of Confluence, commissioned by the Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO) for the Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de l'Ontario français to mark Canada's 150th anniversary. Conductor Simon Rivard worked with the youth for a week before leading two performances on August 19, 2017, at De La Salle High School in Ottawa.
In partnership with Ottawa's premiere sheet music store The Leading Note, L'Aube has been included in the Pro Coro Canada Choral Series alongside other works commissioned by the Edmonton choir led by Michael Zaugg. View a perusal score and purchase digital copies for your choir's next performance.
"[...] a striking and very effective work, quite modern in style but with clear traditional roots. [...] The delicate ending of the final Forest's Lullaby is quite stunning." —Terry Robbins, The WholeNote (April 2017)
"[...] begins with a measured fugal texture—more evocative of the fugues of the Romantics than Bach [...] with a long climax. Each movement explores an aspect of wintery stillness in nature. It's effective writing and definitely worth a listen." —Kiersten van Vliet, La Scena Musicale (June 1, 2017)
Generations/Conversationsinterview with Michael Schulman for the Canadian Music Centre.
"Every time I experience Mozart itís with fresh ears. Thereís something about the complexity below the veneer of simplicity that just fascinates me and touches me."