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Press


"CD Reviews of The heart has its reasons:"


“A completely addictive, achingly melancholy suite of compositions....... this is perfect chill-out music whose
subtle atmospherics and unashamed quest for beauty make it far more complelling than such a description normally implies”
- The Independent on Sunday, UK


"“Truly gorgeous. Rated A .”"

“Truly gorgeous. Rated A .” - Stuart Derdeyn, the Vancouver Province


"“The sounds created by the virtuosi [in Sanctuary] at times seemed to arise from nature itself as if from exotic birds, but then again as if resounding from some mystical echoes”"

“The sounds created by the virtuosi [in Sanctuary] at times seemed to arise from nature itself as if from exotic
birds, but then again as if resounding from some mystical echoes”
- Diena, Latvia


"“Sanctuary: a journey into a land of discoveries, an admirably refined sound this concert was a completely satisfying experience.”"

“Sanctuary: a journey into a land of discoveries, an admirably refined sound this concert was a completely
satisfying experience.”
- Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany


"“Sanctuary’s music soothes the soul”"

“Sanctuary’s music soothes the soul”
- The Halifax Daily News


""From barely there cello to “phantomesque” organ blasts.... Sanctuary re-defines the concert setting into a contemplative happening.”"

From barely there cello to “phantomesque” organ blasts.... Sanctuary re-defines the concert setting into
a contemplative happening.” - The Coast, Halifax


"“Togni’s music is deeply felt, simply put well-crafted and irradiated by a personal sense of the divine.”"

“Togni’s music is deeply felt, simply put well-crafted and irradiated by a personal sense of the divine.”
- The Chronicle Herald, Halifax


"“Jeff Reilly is an undisputed master of the Bass Clarinet who has gone to the end to explore its sonic universe.”"

“Jeff Reilly is an undisputed master of the Bass Clarinet who has gone to the end to explore its sonic
universe.” - The Chronicle Herald, Halifax


"“...stunningly rich in tone, a dance of fire on the fingerboard...”"

“...stunningly rich in tone, a dance of fire on the fingerboard...”
- The Chronicle Herald, Halifax


Discography

The Heart Has Its Reasons / Sanctuary
Warner Classics (USA)
Catalog: 62019
Compositions by Peter Togni, in collaboration
with Christopher Both & Jeff Reilly
with the Sanctuary String Orchestra, Alain Trudel
Peter Togni, organ
Jeff Reilly, bass clarinet
Christopher Both, cello
The Heart Has Its Reasons
Antiphon
Refuge
Vigil
Illuminations
Lament
Vigils and Stone
Passio
Antiphon II
Adore te

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Bio

The ensemble Sanctuary performs rich contemplative music that fuses the melodic simplicity of Gregorian chant with the sounds of free jazz and the rich colours of contemporary classical music, creating a plainsong for the 21st century.

The past five years have seen the core ensemble of bass-clarinetist Jeff Reilly, cellist Christoph Both (pronounced Boat) and organist Peter Togni (pronounced Tawnyee) develop and refine a unique sound of immense dynamic and tonal range.

Their many performances in St Mary’s Basilica in Halifax, Canada attract hundreds of listeners each month, and it is clear that the soaring, rich acoustics of the church have contributed massively to the ensemble’s characteristic sound.

The members of Sanctuary are dedicated to live performance and the trio re-defines accepted traditions of presentation. A Sanctuary concert is a unique contemplative experience, more of a personal sonic journey than any form of conventional concert.

Sanctuary started in 1998 as an informal series of concerts at St. Mary’s Basilica in Halifax. Since then the three members have performed over 85 concerts playing in every type of music festival across Canada and Europe.

Sanctuary has performed with a wide range of choirs across Canada, Germany and Latvia. They have presented concerts with the world-renowned trombonist Alain Trudel, the Electro Acoustic percussionist Jerry Granelli and the Evergreen Club contemporary Gamelan orchestra. In 2003 the ensemble formed its own string orchestra, which now performs regularly in the Halifax concerts.
Great emphasis has always been placed on creating new works from within the trio and commissioning works for its extended collaborations. Over the past five years the group has created or commissioned over 25 new works.

In a time where the classical music world has become saturated with unoriginal ‘cross-over’ recordings, Sanctuary’s work is more than just a breath of fresh air. In terms of both concept and execution it is almost entirely unprecedented.
Recent performances have included Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, St
Petersburg Great Philharmonic Hall, Maria Cathedral in Moscow.

They perform with string orchestra and have a new program with choir that
can be a collaboration with a local choir. You can also check out their
new recording on Warner classics.