Gino Quilico is releasing today a brand-new album entitled Secrets de Noël / Secrets of Christmas on the Analekta label. This Christmas album is, in part, a family reunion for the Quilicos. To pay tribute once more to his father Louis Quilico, who passed away 15 years ago, it was Gino Quilico’s wish to share, in a remastered version, three Christmas carols he once had the good fortune to perform with his father, specifically Panis Angelicus by César Franck, Ninna Nanna Gesu Bambino by Padres Settimio Zimarino as well as a medley of Christmas classics taken from the Great American Songbook. In addition to those tracks, there is also a vibrant interpretation of Ave Maria by Louis Quilico. And the album includes another duet, this time with his daughter, Sofia, in which the two singers offer us a superb version of A la Nanita Nana.
On Secrets of Christmas, Gino Quilico also interprets classics of the holiday season that warms the heart and soul, including White Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Le Premier Noël, The Secret of Christmas and the great Minuit, Chrétiens. Gino also draws from the Italian repertoire – Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle and Gesu Bambino – in addition to offering The World Comes Together, a work composed by Enzo De Rosa and Paul Oxley.
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Gino and his daughter Sofia Quilico
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A brief glance at the career of Gino Quilico is sufficient to determine the place he occupies among the nation’s finest voices. He has appeared on the world’s most prestigious stages – including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Milan and London’s Royal Opera House – and under the direction of the greatest conductors. He has taken part in some 20 recordings, among them Hector Berlioz’s Les Troyens with the OSM, which won a Grammy Award in 1995. And for his outstanding contribution to the world of music, he has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Also contributing to this new Christmas album are
Ensemble TrioSphère, consisting of Dominic Boulianne (piano), Lizann Gervais (violin) and Élisabeth Giroux (cello), along with Éric Lagacé (bass), Glenn Lévesque (guitar), Mélanie Harel (oboe) and La Petite Bande de Montréal under Martin Dagenais.
Gino Quilico and the Ensemble TrioSphère
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A La Nanita Nana - Gino and Sofia Quilico
“At Christmas time, there is nothing dearer to me than my children and my family. I had the great fortune of having two wonderful parents who brought music to my heart. I would like to dedicate this album to my mother Lina and my father Louis, to their memory and all those magical times we had together surrounded by music.
This album brings three generations of singers together. I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to sing with my father Louis Quilico and now as well to sing with my daughter Sofia. Secrets of Christmas, for me, is a small recipe of family, music and singing with the ones you love.”
“The album as a whole has a great feel for the holidays, and it’s definitely one to listen to in the midst of a Christmas baking blitz.”