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{Please note that OPENING DAY is now distributed by SRI.}
Trio Lyra CDs can be ordered by
SRI - (Canada's Largest Independent Classical Distributor)

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Ravel/Salzedo: Sonatine... Modéré

Erica Goodman: harp
Mark Childs: viola
Suzanne Shulman: flute
SONATINE Ravel/Salzedo
1. Modéré 3.55
 2. Mouvement de minuet 2.53
3. Animé 3.45
SONATE Claude Debussy
4. Pastorale (Lento, dolce rubato) 6.38
5. Interlude (Tempo di minuetto) 5.40

Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum 2.22
8. Jimbo's Lullaby v 3.08
9. Serenade of the Doll 2.46
10. The Snow is Dancing 2.18
11. The Little Shepherd
12. Golliwogg's Cake Walk 3.03
DOLLY, Opus 56 Fauré /Salzedo
(World Première Recording)
13. Berceuse (Allegro moderato) 2.23
14. Mi-a-ou (Allegro viva) 2.12
15. Jardin de Dolly (Andantino) 2.27
16. Kitty Valse (Tempo di valse) 2.44
17. Tendresse Andante) 3.17
18. Le Pas Espagnol (Allegro) 2.28
Total Time 60.02

"Trio Lyra fits perfectly with Impressionists"

"The combination of harp, viola and flute may scarcely be a common one, but it sounds uncommonly effective in music of the French Impressionist school. And when the players in question happen to be Erica Goodman (harp), Mark Childs (viola) and Suzanne Shulman (flute), who wouldn't want to bend an ear?"

William Littler
The Toronto Star
February 7, 1998

"This is an altogether charming program of early 20th-century French music, performed with grace and subtlety... This lovely performance (of the Debussy Sonate) is especially notable for Shulman's warm-toned flute, Goodman's cascading harp scales...and for the exuberant mood of the finale...(Children s Corner) a superb showcase for Goodman's elegant harp playing...fine performance by Trio Lyra...A wonderful disk.
Performance: ***** "
Rick MacMillan
Classical Music Magazine
December 1997

"The combination of harp, flute and viola is hardly standard, but it is memorable, thanks to Claude Debussy's Sonate of 1915...the Canadian ensemble Trio Lyra has expanded the repertoire for this instrumentation considerably... there are fine performances by harpist Erica Goodman, flautist Suzanne Shulman and violist Mark Childs throughout, and both sound and balance are exceptional."
Elisa Poole
The Globe and Mail October 30, 1997

"Their debut CD is a gorgeously supple and charming glide through some Ravel, Debussy and Fauré that got a top, five-star rating from Classical Music Magazine."
Hugh Fraser
The Hamilton Spectator
January 10, 1998

"Overall this is an excellent recording. All the playing is first-rate, and the recording is excellently engineered..."
A. Fine
American Record Guide
March/April 1998

" With perfect ensemble, obvious devotion to the music, and a varied and interesting program, Trio Lyra provided two hours of sheer delight....."
Peter Milner
Lindsay Daily Post
Feb. 19/99

Trio Lyra

What the critics say..........
"But superb as the individuals of this group are, and they each bring such lovely sounds to the music, it is in their collectivity that they shine. The clarity of their musical thought and the depths and insights they bring to their readings are what make an evening in their company so exceptional. The musical dialogue between them is erudite, absorbing and moving."
Hamilton Spectator
"A chamber ensemble of the highest quality"
Hamilton Spectator
"Through all, the three players showed
faciliy on their instruments and ease of
ensemble... uncommon agility"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"A better performance than any other currently available on record"
  Hamilton Spectator
"A remarkably emotional climax"
  The Globe and Mail, Toronto

The members of Trio Lyra began their long and fruitful collaboration in the 1978-79 season. From their first performance the Debussy Sonata with Camerata Canada in 1978, they have enjoyed a mutual devotion to beauty and perfection in musical expression which is instantly communicated to their audiences.
Trio Lyra's repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the best of today's composers. They have commissioned and premiered major new works from four of Canada's finest composers: Ben Steinberg, Srul Irving Glick, Milton Barnes and Harry Freedman.
The nature of this combination of instruments has inspired a particularly rich selection of French repertoire, and Trio Lyra has been featured in an all-French program broadcast on the CBC French network. In June of 1993 they made their United States debut in Pittsburgh in a concert recorded for broadcast by National Public Radio. The 1994-95 season saw tours in Quebec, Ontario and the United States with broadcasts on both the French and English national CBC networks, and in 1996 the trio appeared at the Sixth World Harp Congress in Seattle, Washington.
The Trio Lyra's debut CD, Music of Ravel, Debussy and Fauré, will be released in September, 1997 on Opening Day Recordings, catalogue #9309, and includes the world premiere recording of the Fauré-Salzedo, Dolly Op. 56.

"Goodman is awesome"

A native of Toronto, Erica Goodman received her training at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), the National Music Camp (Interlochen, MichiganJj and the Curtis Institute (Philadelphia). Already a concert performer in her teens, Ms. Goodman played under the baton of Igor Stravinsky when he recorded in Toronto.
While at Curtis. she was a concerto soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Goodman made her New York debut as a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, during that orchestra's American debut concert at Lincoln Center in 1972. In the course of her career, she has performed for such dignitaries as President John F. Kennedy, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Queen Elizabeth II.
Recent performances include concerts in Tokyo, Milan, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Tel Aviv. Following a concert at the North American New Music Festival in Buffalo N.Y.` music critic Richard Chon extolled, "... a stunningly virtuostic harpist whose finery presence on the scene is an incentive for the creation of new works."
Canadian composers thus inspired include Alexina Louie, Oskar Morawetz, Milton Barnes, Srul Irving Giick, Marjan Mozetich and Lothar Klein. Ms. Goodman can be heard in several recordings on the BIS, Marquis, Truly Fine Records and CBC labels. In 1905, she won the prestigious Juno award in Canada for her solo BIS CD #649 entitled 'Erica Goodman Plays Canadian Harp Music'. Newly released on the same label is "Toward the Sea", with flutist Robert Aitken.

        "The most glorious sound in the orchestra "Mark Childs’ viola"
Well-known to Canadian audiences as  Principal Viola of  the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra from 1976 to 1988, Mark Childs was also Artist-in-Residence at McMaster University from 1978 to 1989. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, he has toured South America as Principal Viola of the McGill Chamber Orchestra, New Zealand with the McMaster String Quartet and Europe as Principal Viola of the Chamber Players of Toronto. In addition, he has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Canada, the U.S., and abroad.

"Shulman is a great flutist, a superb virtuoso, a wonderful musician"
Suzanne Shulman, one of Canada's outstanding instrumentalists studied in Toronto with Robert Aitken and in Europe with Marcel Moyse,
Michei Debost and Jean-Pierre Rampal.
Her international touring career has taken her throughout North and South America and Europe where she received much critical acclaim in debuts at Carnegie Hall, New York, Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and the Chopin Institute in Warsaw.
With a special affinity for chamber music, she has collaborated in concerts with Maureen Forrester, Douglas Bodle and the Orford Quartet, as well as in several recordings with the late Glenn Gould. Suzanne has appeared as soloist with major Canadian and international orchestras.
She is a frequent guest at chamber music festivals, performing the standard repertoire and premiering many new works for flute. Suzanne's discography of over twenty titles appears on the RCI, CBC, Golden Crest, Crystal, Centrediscs, Folkways and Sony Classical labels. She is the flute soloist on all six award-winning Classical Kids releases.