Linda Catlin Smith
Eve Egoyan, piano
Thought and Desire


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“Composer Linda Catlin Smith and pianist Eve Egoyan, two of Canada’s most accomplished and remarkable contemporary music professionals, enjoy a rare symbiosis of musical sensitivity and depth ... It is easy to fall under the spell of Linda Catlin Smith’s sound world, the unusual elegance of her writing and her deep intuitive connection with the piano ... Egoyan’s performance, which shares the multi-dimensional ranges and resonances of the music in exhilarating ways, seems to magically travel through the under-layers of our skin, gently leaving its imprint on our souls.” — Doina Popescu


01 Nocturnes and Chorales: Nocturne I   excerpt

02 Nocturnes and Chorales: Chorale I   excerpt

03 Nocturnes and Chorales: Nocturne II   excerpt

04 Nocturnes and Chorales: Nocturne III   excerpt

05 Nocturnes and Chorales: Chorale II   excerpt

06 Nocturnes and Chorales: Chorale III   excerpt

07 Nocturnes and Chorales: Chorale IV   excerpt

08 octurnes and Chorales: Nocturne Chorale   excerpt

09 Nocturnes and Chorales: Nocturne IV   excerpt

10 Thought and Desire   excerpt

11 The Underfolding   excerpt


Linda Catlin Smith grew up in New York and lives in Toronto. She studied music in NY, and at the University of Victoria (Canada). Her music has been performed and/or recorded by: Tafelmusik, Other Minds Festival, California Ear Unit, Victoria and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, Arraymusic, Tapestry New Opera, Vancouver New Music, Via Salzburg, Evergreen Club Gamelan, and the Del Sol, Penderecki, and Bozzini string quartets, among many others. Her work Ballad (for Eve Egoyan, piano and Andrew Smith, cello) was released on the World Edition label; her solo cd Memory Forms was released on the Artifact Music label. She has been supported in her work by: the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Chalmers Foundation, K.M. Hunter Award, Banff Centre, SOCAN Foundation and Toronto Arts Council; in 2005 her work Garland (for Tafelmusik) was awarded Canada’s prestigious Jules Léger Prize. She teaches composition privately and at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.
Eve Egoyan is an artist whose medium is the piano. Her intuitive musicality, insightful attention to detail, and pianistic virtuosity have made her one of the world’s most sought-after interpreters of contemporary music. Eve’s musical interests span extremely contrasting sensibilities: from Alvin Curran’s five-hour long Inner Cities to Erik Satie’s miniatures; from minimalist Simple Lines of Enquiry by Ann Southam to maximalist new complexity works by Michael Finnissy; from the barely audible to roaring overtone-filled resonances; from the rigorous interpretation of a score to free improvisation. Eve’s exploratory nature and restless curiosity have led to numerous collaborations with other artists from a variety of disciplines including technologies in relation to the piano. She has most recently been commissioning works for music and image. She is the Executive Producer on most of her ten solo discs, involved at every level of production from selecting the repertoire and sourcing the funds to overseeing all sound and visual design decisions, lovingly guiding each disc to completion. Her discs have received accolades including "Best Classical" The Globe and Mail (1999) for her first solo CD, and more recently one of “Ten Top” classical discs, The New Yorker magazine (2009), and “Top Classical Disc of the Year”, The Globe and Mail (2011). Eve’s 2016 tour of works for disklavier and image include the Other Minds Festival (San Francisco), Roy and Edna Disney/ CalArts Theatre (Los Angeles), University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Irvine, and Stanford University and the Musée des beaux arts de Montréal at Bourgie Hall in collaboration with McGill University (Montréal). Her recording of Maria de Alvear’s diptych De Puro Amor and En Amor Duro will be released in 2016.