Browsing: Baroque and Early

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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As always, this year’s Baroque and Early Music offerings in Montreal promise to be passionate. Here are our top picks. Reinhard Goebel and Les Violons du Roy German violinist and conductor Reinhard Goebel, Baroque music master, will lead Les Violons du Roy in a varied program, Un voyage à Dresde, with works by Vivaldi, Handel, Telemann, Zelenka, Rebel, Fasch, and Seyfert. Featuring the Concerto for violin in F Major by Telemann, with violinist Pascale Giguère. September 16, 7:30PM, Bourgie Hall. www.violonsduroy.com Tribute to Christopher Jackson with SMAM It has already been a year since we lost Christopher Jackson to illness…

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Recently named Pentatone’s Artist of the Season, Matt Haimovitz has never shied from making waves in performance or recording. The Montreal-based cellist has already proven his Bach chops over and over throughout his career, most recently with the 2015 Pentatone release of the Suites based on a copy by Bach’s second wife Anna Magdalena played on period instruments. This new disc explores six new commissions by Haimovitz, each an Overture to the Prelude from each Suite. The structure of Overture followed by Prelude makes the Bach a comment on the future, a kind of sonic time machine. Opening with Phillip…

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by/par Rebecca Anne Clark, Caroline Rodgers and/et Kiersten van Vliet Toronto International Film Festival Toronto, September 8 to 18 The 41st annual TIFF kicks off this month with 296 full-length features and 101 shorts; numbers increasing in tandem with the reputation of the festival. On the must-see list: Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke; Andrea Arnold’s American Honey with Shia LaBeouf and up-and-coming actress Sasha Lane; Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut with American Pastoral; and Anatomy of Violence, a film about the rape of a 23-year-old student in India directed by Toronto’s own Deepa…

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Although Nicolaus Bruhns was only 32 when he died, he left behind a crucial body or work that greatly influenced the young Johann Sebastian Bach, as is evident in the similarities between Bach’s early cantatas and Bruhns’s works. Bruhns’s music feels soothing and enlightening from the moment we start listening. Musically speaking, the concertante and vocal styles combine the varied rhythms and moods in a satisfying way. Although they are separated by more than a century and in a different style, the pathos in his vocal declamations and funereal poetic expression seem to foreshadow Schubert’s lieder. And, like that of…

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+ The Heckeler’s Andrew Burn takes on Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum & Jubilate with respect to the context around its creation and performance. “I’m not saying that this music shouldn’t be performed, quite the contrary. Its presentation, however, could be better geared to outlining the complex nature of its creation and allow for us to better appreciate our own history through live performance. What I am advocating for is an embrace of the whole truth to a work, even if that means acknowledging certain facts which may run contrary to the intent of its performance.” + The Danish String Quartet…

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A few weeks ago, myscena.org published a short post on Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum & Jubilate. Two years ago I had the chance to perform that work with the European Union Baroque Orchestra on a tour which was to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. As an artist within the sphere of Early Music, the political significance of a particular work is just as important in my mind as its performance conditions or practices. While creating a moving entertainment is my first priority, programmatically speaking I believe that stripping work of its context in order to…

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