Browsing: Baroque and Early

CANADA OSM Pop Serie : Half Moon Run, Bruno Pelletier and Véronique DiCaire will perform with the OSM. [More infos – Radio-Canada] City of Gatineau finance the construction of artists’ co-op. [More infos – LaPresse] Three concerts in Granby for the Valentine’s Day. [More infos – LaPresse] « L’Amossois Charles Trudel, claviériste du Ben Racine Band [remporte le 1er prix] à Memphis lors de l’International Blues Challenge. » [More infos Radio-Canada] « The 2017 [Hindemith] prize, worth 20,000 Euros, goes to the Montreal-born composer Samy Moussa. Based in Paris and Berlin, Moussa, 32, was among the last proteges of Pierre Boulez.» [More infos Slippedisc]…

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PROFILE: Interview with Ted Sperling, artistic director of MasterVoices (formerly the Collegiate Chorale); PREVIEW: MasterVoices’ new presentation of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion – Carnegie Hall, February 9, 2017. He’s soft-spoken, genial, elegantly self-possessed. It’s difficult to imagine him indulging in tirades, or hurling withering invective. He’s a nice guy. He’s also brilliant, prodigiously talented, professionally indefatigable, and apparently liked by everyone. Ted Sperling is, in short, a bit of a blessed paradox: probably the most mannerly guest at any dinner party, he is also one of today’s most accomplished, versatile – and, yes, passionate – practitioners of a craft…

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Where in North America can you see 17th- and 18th-century French comic opera featuring an all French-Canadian cast? The unlikely answer is Washington, DC. The city’s company Opera Lafayette (OL) has been performing ­obscure French Baroque opera for 17 years. This is all due to its founder, conductor Ryan Brown, a humble violinist trained at Oberlin and Juilliard with Dorothy DeLay, who has gradually built a company worthy of envy. On February 19, Opera Lafayette will revive Pierre Gaveaux’s Lenore ou l’amour conjugal (1798), a work which inspired Beethoven to write ­Fidelio. It’s part of a Brown’s plan to present…

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Amid the seasonal rock fall of weird-shaped box sets and unopenable recorded turkeys, one project stands out as indispensable in both musical and moral dimensions. In 1965, a little-known harpsichordist began recording the Bach keyboard works for a niche French label. By the time she finished ten years later, Zuzana Ruzickova and Erato had received every French record award, wresting harpsichord Bach away from deadhand American academics back to a middle-European vivacity. Ruzickova, resisting celebrity, Communism and the temptations of the music world, taught the next three generations of leading harpsichordists from her home in Prague. A survivor of four…

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What a difference a label can make. All his adult life, ever since he won the 1972 Leeds Piano Competition, Murray Perahia has recorded exclusively for Columbia Masterworks, known now as Sony Classical after a Japanese takeover. In a fragmenting record industry, Perahia’s was among the last label loyalists. CBS/Sony engineering was the sound by which he was known. It began as a natural fit – New York pianist with New York label, joined at the hip by Vladimir Horowitz who admired Perahia above all young pianists. But Perahia moved to London and, over time, developed a sound that was…

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J.S. Bach: Six Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard Duo Concertante; Nancy Dahn, violin; Timothy Steeves, piano Marquis 2016. MAR 81521. 2 CDs. 92 min 42 s. Composed between 1714 and 1723, J.S. Bach’s six Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard are surprisingly sentimental and intimate, especially given the elaborate stretches of imitation expected from the master as well as the precedent for our understanding of Bach’s treatment of the violin from his Six Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas. Partners in life as well as in music, violinist Nancy Dahn and pianist Timothy Steeves have upped the ante from their recording of…

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Vivaldi: Les Violons du Roy Mathieu Lussier, conductor ATMA 2016. ACD2 2602. 59 min 49 s. In his second recording with Les Violons du Roy, associate conductor Mathieu Lussier shows maturity and restraint, without losing the vitality of Antonio Vivaldi’s concerti. Most associated with the Four Seasons and his pedagogical violin concerti L’estro Armonico, this release broadens the casual listener’s idea of the Red Priest’s output. With these selections, Lussier, a bassoonist himself, places an extra emphasis on concerti that feature winds, including the Concerto in G minor RV 577 for one violin, two recorders, two oboes, bassoon with its…

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Les Caprices de la Nuit with Les Violons du Roy On October 13, join violinist and conductor Anthony Marwood and Les Violons du Roy for an evening of exceptional chamber music for strings. The concert includes the String Sextet from Richard Strauss’s final opera Capriccio, Mozart’s charming String Quintet in G minor, and Schoenberg’s late-Romantic Verklärte Nacht. October 13, 8PM, Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm. www.violonsduroy.com James Ehnes @ 40 Continue the celebration of James Ehnes’s 40th birthday as he stops in Quebec City on his way across Canada. With longtime collaborator Andrew Armstrong, Ehnes will play chamber music by Handel,…

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by Renée Banville, Wah Keung Chan, and Kiersten van Vliet I Musici – Two Masterpieces Jean-Marie Zeitouni and his I Musici Chamber Orchestra invite us to meditate with Mahler’s sublime Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), a “symphony for two voices and orchestra.” The six lieder are interpreted by soprano Michèle Losier and tenor Richard Cox. The program is completed with Beethoven’s Sixteenth Quartet, his final work (Oct. 12, 8PM, Salle Bourgie). www.imusici.com Violons du Roy – Marwood and Labadie Conductor and violinist Anthony Marwood will lead the Violins du Roy in their first concert of the…

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FOLIAS ANTIGUAS AND CRIOLLAS: From the Ancient World to the New World Jordi Savall, viola da gamba and director, Hespèrion XXI and Tembembe Ensamble Continuo (Mexico), Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, July 7, 2016 I have always wanted to visit Tanglewood, the prestigious music festival in the lovely Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. What intrigued me mostly was seeing first-hand the unusual idea of combining the Boston Symphony’s summer home together with the Tanglewood Music Center, a music academy which brings student musicians to the festival each summer to train with the players from the orchestra. But the dream of visiting…

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