Continuum Contemporary Music announces the launch of its third full-length CD, Raw, featuring chamber works ranging from duo to sextet by acclaimed Canadian composer James Rolfe. Released on Centrediscs, the recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, Raw is a record of the composer’s chamber work – his aesthetic preoccupations and development – over a 15-year period. It is performed by Continuum’s ensemble: Anne Thompson (flute), Max Christie (clarinet), Carol Lynn Fujino (violin), Paul Widner (cello), Laurent Philippe (piano) and Ryan Scott (percussion) with Gregory Oh conducting and special guests Carla Huhtanen (soprano) and Angela Rudden (viola).

"...a distinguished album...definitively played."
Read the review by Andrew Timar in The Wholenote Magazine

"The excellent Continuum players give it a clean musicality..."
Read the review by Elissa Poole in The Globe and Mail

"The expanding and contracting rhythmic and melodic fragments...allow the Continuum players to demonstrate their exceptional ensemble skills."
Read the review by Ryan Kirk in The Canadian Association of Music Libraries Review

Track Listing

All works by James Rolfe (CA).

  1. raW (2003)
  2. Simon and Garfunkel and the Prophets of Rage (1993)
  3. Drop (1999)
  4. Revenge! Revenge!! Revenge!!! (1995)
  5. Freddy’s Dead (2004)
  6. Devilled Swan (1995)
  7. Fêtes de la Faim (1991)
  8. Squeeze (1997)

Read the liner notes.

Special Thanks

Daniel Cooper, Edward Epstein and Continuum's musicians

The recording of Raw was made possible through the assistance of the Canada Music Fund and the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Metcalf Foundation through its Strategic Initiatives program, and the Canadian Music Centre’s Centrediscs.


This album is available through the Canadian Music Centre. Listen and buy