Cambria Master Recordings, 2015

Valerie Tryon-Piano, Nora Shulman-Flute, Kaye Royer-Clarinet, Conraad Bloemendal-Cello

Toronto Sinfonietta, Matthew Jaskiewicz-Conductor


“Conductor Matthew Jaskiewicz conducts the Toronto Sinfonietta in Romancing Chopin, an ambitious album that brings together several exceptional soloists and a pair of Canadian composers in a tribute to Chopin’s continuing legacy. Ronald Royer, composer in residence with the ensemble, contributes three substantial works of his own as well as several arrangements of Chopin’s chamber works…quite a fascinating release.” –

WholeNote Magazine, Daniel Foley 


Ronald Royer – In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin, for Clarinet, Cello and String Orchestra (7:41)

Kaye Royer-Clarinet, Conraad Bloemendal-Cello, Matthew Jaskiewicz-Conductor

In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin is based upon and inspired by the Nocturne in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 1 for piano.  In Memoriam serves as a reflection on the life, work and death of Chopin at the age of thirty-nine.  After a short introduction, a meditative section features violin trills and a cadenza for clarinet followed by one for cello.  A more rhythmic and energetic section follows, which is meant to suggest his struggles in life and creativity.  After a climactic section for the string orchestra, a more peaceful section shines through representing the beauty, joy and genius of Chopin’s legacy.

Ronald Royer – Fantaisie-Impromptu, for Flute and String Orchestra (5:53)

Nora Shulman-Flute, Matthew Jaskiewicz-Conductor

The Fantaisie-Impromptu is a fantasy based upon the Impromptu No.3 in G flat Major, Op. 51 by Fryderyk Chopin, and strives to maintain the light-hearted spontaneity of the original.  Fantaisie Impromptu is in a Rondo form (ABACA), with an introduction and coda section.  The main melody (A section) makes use of the notes of Chopin’s main melody (with minor alterations), but changes Chopin’s rhythm and harmony to give the music a more 20th century feel.  The contrasting B Section is based upon a motive from the original Chopin melody while the C section is based on still another part of Chopin’s composition.  In the C section, the composer inserts one melody of his own, a Bartok-like folk melody.  The composition ends with an energetic coda, complete with a slight variation of Chopin’s own ending to his Impromptu.

Ronald Royer – Nocturne, for Clarinet and String Orchestra (7:54)

Kaye Royer-Clarinet, Matthew Jaskiewicz-Conductor

The Nocturne for clarinet and string orchestra is not based on an original Chopin composition, but is instead inspired by Chopin’s music aesthetic and works as a whole.  The introduction of the Nocturne, beginning on the note “E”, gradually thickens harmonically, using suspensions, while the clarinet introduces a motive that evolves into the first theme.  The second theme is started in the lower register of the clarinet and then developed.  At the end, a short clarinet cadenza brings back material from the first theme.


1-5. Fryderyk Chopin: Five Mazurkas, 7, arr. for Chamber Orchestra by Alexander Rapaport (2:29, 4:39, 2:42, 1:33, 1:22)

6. Fryderyk Chopin: Largo from Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 65, arr. for Cello and String Orchestra by Ronald Royer (4:13)

7. Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne in Eb major, Op. 9, No. 2, arr. for Cello and String Orchestra by Ronald Royer (5:07)

8. Fryderyk Chopin: Variations on a Theme by Rossini, arr. for Flute and String Orchestra by Ronald Royer and Alex Eddington (6:04)

9. Ronald Royer – In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin (based on Nocturne in E minor, Op. 72, No. 1) for Clarinet, Cello and String Orchestra (7:41)

10. Ronald Royer – Fantaisie Impromptu (based on Impromptu in Gb major, Op. 51, No. 3) for Flute and String Orchestra (5:53)

11. Ronald Royer – Nocturne for Clarinet and String Orchestra (7:54)

12. Alexander Rapaport – Variations on a Theme of Chopin (based on Prelude in C minor, Op. 28, No. 20) for Piano and Chamber Orchestra (12:41)

13. Fryderyk Chopin – Grande Polonaise Brilliante in Eb major, Op. 22 for Piano and Orchestra (9:54)