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ARC Ensemble

A new recording from the ARC Ensemble
ARC Ensemble
ARC Ensemble

(Artists of The Royal Conservatory)

Recovering Suppressed Music
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About the ARC Ensemble

Nominated for its third Grammy Award in 2016, the ARC Ensemble is among Canada's most distinguished cultural ambassadors. Performing a wide range of music, its focus remains the research and recovery of works that were suppressed and marginalized under the 20th century's repressive regimes. A growing number of hitherto unknown masterworks are rejoining the repertoire as a result of the ARC Ensemble's work.


A compelling Canadian documentary [...] offers generous segments of music, beautifully played by musicians from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.
Musical Quarterly – Leon Botstein
As a point of departure, I would recommend a superb disc of Weinberg’s Clarinet Sonata, “Jewish Songs,” and Piano Quintet, with members of the Arc Ensemble.
The New Yorker – Alex Ross

The ARC Ensemble combines teachers and students of the prestigious Canadian Music School and has worked for many years on the commendable task of saving the music of ostracized and banned composers from oblivion.

The international reputation of the ensemble has spread through its artistic skill as well as the quality of the repertoire and its work with renowned musicians. But above all there is the joy of discovery[...]
Der Spiegel – Werner Theurich

It is the ARC Ensemble's hope that these sublime works, works that transcend their own time and place, find their way into the concert hall, and that they join 'the canon of 20th century masterworks'. The ensemble achieved this goal on Saturday night. And through this, Dachau became a musical place of learning.

Süddeutsche Zeitung – Karl Adolf Gottwald

Thanks to the ARC Ensemble for retrieving another forgotten modern voice. In these premiere recordings, one discovers the piquant and surprisingly distinctive sound world of Fitelberg, showing once more how many worthy scores remain to be excavated from a century’s rubble.

The Boston Globe – Jeremy Eichler: The Best Albums of 2015: Classical Music

The ARC players gave a reading of febrile intensity to Walter Braunfels's extraordinary F-sharp-minor String Quintet [...] an enthralling mix of Straussian tumult, Shostakovich-like bleakness and extreme, Mahlerian mood swings that riveted the audience's attention.

The Washington Post – Joe Banno

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