The ensemble began international touring in 1984 with trips to Spain, Central and South America. In 1986 the CCE toured Europe again, and also travelled toExpo 86 and the USA. In June 1989 the ensemble undertook its second South American tour, giving three weeks of concerts in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Venezuela. In April 1990 the CCE made its third European tour, including performances in the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland; it was the first major Canadian ensemble to perform in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The CCE has released a number of recordings, including the Canadian Music Council's Grand Prix du Disque winner, Serenades, which was also nominated for a Juno Award, as was an earlier recording with Maureen Forrester. Six recordings have been produced since 1994, four for CBC: Ragtime, with mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell in R. Murray Schafer's Minnelieder; Claude Vivier's Pulau Dewata appears in the Wine, Women and Song collection; in 2002, Karina Gauvin's Chants d'Auvergne (folksongs of Joseph Canteloube, arranged by Armenian) was nominated for a Juno Award.
Susan Hoeppner's 1997 compilation of flute solos (available through Marquis Music) features Howard Hanson's Serenade. Peter Hatch's Gathered Evidence disc brings together the Penderecki String Quartet and harpsichordist Cynthia Hiebert.
In 1990-1 the Canadian Chamber Ensemble performed two concert series in Kitchener-Waterloo: the Chamber Series, six concerts of classical chamber music, and the Nine Decades Series, three performances of contemporary chamber music. The latter series was designed and conducted by Gary Kulesha, then Kitchener-Waterloo SO's composer-in-residence. Since 1994 the CCE's annual concert programs have gradually been reduced from six to four. In celebration of its 30th anniversary (2004), CCE presented four pairs of concerts in Waterloo and Guelph, surveying the chamber music of Franz Schubert.
CCE members toured Japan in June 1996, performing at the Takefu International Music Festival. Chosei Komatsu conducted a program that included Scott Irvine's Aubade for Trumpet and Chamber Ensemble and William McCauley's Five Miniatures for 10 Winds.
At a recent performance of the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, which was CCE's sole presenter 1974-81, Raffi Armenian remarked, "Had it not been for KWCS, CCE would never have got off the ground."
Author Barry Cole, James Wegg
Berg Chamber Concerto O. Armin violin, C. O'Reilly pf- Mozart Serenade in C Minor. 1980. Cantabile WRC1-1622
Copland - Varèse - Britten. 1977. CBC SM-5000/Cantabile CSPS-1617
Masquerade: Forsyth - Schafer - Kulesha. C. Lavell horn, C. Tilney harpsichord, D. Bourque bass clarinet, Armenian conductor. 1988. Centrediscs CMC-CD-3488
Music from Berlin in the 1920's: Weill - Schreker. Armenian conductor. 1980. CBC SM-5010
Ravel - Wolf - Schoenberg. Forrester alto, Armenian conductor. 1978. Cantabile CSPS-1349
Serenades: Wagner - Françaix - Dvořák. Armenian conductor.1986. CBC SM-5073
Stravinsky Concerto in E Flat - Bartók Three Village Scenes. Elmer Iseler Singers. Armenian conductor. 1981. CBC SM-5014
Berio - Stravinsky - Schafer - Jean Stilwell, mezzo-soprano. 1994. CBC MVCD-1073
Ragtime: Stravinsky - Milhaud - McCauley. 1996. CBC SMCD-5159
Wine, Women and Song: J. Strauss Jr. - Wagner - Debussy - Vivier. 1996. CBC SMCD-5164
Serenade: Susan Hoeppner, flute. 1997. EMI Classics/Marquis Music 7243 5565 3321
Chants d'Auvergne: Karina Gauvin, soprano. 2002. CBC SMCD-5224
Gathered Evidence: The Penderecki String Quartet Cynthia Hiebert, harpsichord. 2003. Artifact Music ART-028
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