Browsing: Chamber Music

The Rolston Quartet are riding the crest of the wave they caught last September, when they won the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition. Winning that competition has propelled them toward a promising professional career, thanks, in part, to the support they are receiving from the Banff Centre, which runs the triennial international contest. Barry Shiffman, BISQC’s executive director, outlined some of the benefits that come from being a BISQC laureate in an interview from his office at Toronto’s Glenn Gould School, where the Rolstons were born in 2013. Three of the four current members – Luri Lee (first violin),…

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For Canada’s Sesquicentennial celebration, Ottawa’s 8th annual Music and Beyond Festival boasts a star-studded slate ­including Sarah Chang, Measha Brueggergosman, and Garrick Ohlsson, among other local and international favourites. From July 4 to 17, festivalgoers will enjoy a truly multi-disciplinary menu of classical music with artistic collaborations that include dance, visual art, poetry, comedy – even yoga for those who are feeling more adventurous. Of the 75 concerts and events scheduled, one of the most anticipated guests is surely the Kronos Quartet, who will perform at Dominion-Chalmers United Church on July 5. For over forty years, the string quartet has…

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With over 75 concerts spread out over the entire city, there’s gotta be something that will tickle your fancy at Ottawa’s Music and Beyond Festival this season, which runs July 4 to 17. With their festival passes, festivalgoers will experience a veritable buffet of multi-disciplinary artistic collaborations that pair classical music with drama, dance, visual art, poetry, comedy – even yoga and wine. Invited guests include soprano Myriam Leblanc (5), the Elmer Iseler Singers (July 5), Quartango (6), next-gen recorder ensemble Flûte Alors! (7), the Canadian Brass (7), the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra with soprano Measha Brueggergosman (7), Quartetto Gelato…

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Inner Landscapes Windermere String Quartet; Elizabeth Loewen Andrews, violin; Michelle Odorico, violin; Anthony Rapoport, viola; Laura Jones, cello Pipistrelle Music, PIP 1216, 71 min 22 s. With Inner Lanscapes, the Windermere String Quartet shows how far they’ve come since their 2012 debut The Golden Age of String Quartets, which featured the Classical masters: Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart. This disc features a commission by Canadian composer Robert Rival, Traces of a Silent Landscape, which was inspired by the Beethoven and Mendelssohn quartets on either side. The group plays on Classical period instruments, a bit lighter in tone perhaps, but no less…

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The Milton Quartet wins the Gold Medal & Grand Prize at the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Following in the footsteps of the Lloyd Carr-Harris Quartet, winner in 2005, the quartet studies under the tutelage of Prof. André J. Roy, director of the McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA). Home in South Bend, Indiana, the Fischoff Competition is the largest chamber of its kind in the world.  Each year, an average of 125 ensembles, representing 22 nationalities enter the competition. The Schulich School of Music of McGill University is very proud of the achievement of the Milton Quartet and…

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Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur This week: a recital for cello with Elinor Frey (May 11), and the 6th instalment of the Schubert Sonata Cycle by pianist Mathieu Gaudet (May 14). Cinema du Parc With the growing enthusiasm around the world for the presentation of live operas at the cinema, the Cinema du Parc will be presenting unique live events this spring from the Gran Theater del Liceu in Barcelona. On 14 May, see the presentation of Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto, libretto by Piave and inspired by Victor Hugo. See the Duke of Mantua and his jester Rigoletto in a mise-en-scène with…

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Autour de la flûte closed out their season last Thursday, April 13 with a program entitled “Amis ou Ennemis ?” (“Friends or Enemies?”) With a selection of works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Nepomuk Hummel (including several by Beethoven and arranged by Hummel) that gave the audience a glimpse of the friendly rivalry between the two composers, who bridged the gap between the Classical and Romantic eras. Playing on the historical idea of “the best only” concerts, the program featured single movements from symphonies interspersed with smaller works such as Beethoven’s 7 Variations on “God Save the King” and…

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This week, many concerts are taking place in Montreal. Here are our picks! CMIM 2017 begins Don’t miss the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) 2017, this year being a piano edition. For more information, read our special article [mySCENA]. Plus, this year, renowned pianist Dang Thai Son will be one of the judges of the competition. Our journalist Arthur Kaptainis met him to discuss the CMIM and how contestants can perform their best. [MySCENA] Halleluja! – Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal Under the direction of Andrew McAnerney, the chamber orchestra will revive the music of Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672), Johann Hermann…

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“After this, what is left for us to write?” —Franz Schubert after hearing Beethoven’s late String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131 This year at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Dover Quartet will be in residence to play the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 16 String Quartets and the Große Fuge Op. 133. Winners of the first prize at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC), this youthful US-based quartet recently won Avery Fisher Career Grant, the highest honour for performers at this stage of their career. The Dover Quartet—comprised of violinists Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violist Milena Pajaro-van…

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Hard to know whether to give this confection one star or five. The dominant voice is the mandolin of Chris Thile, an instrument probably unknown to J S Bach who never wrote for it, but used often in modern transcriptions of his works. It sits more comfortably in a Bach score than, say, a tenor sax, but that does not make it remotely authentic. The other instruments at play here are a cello and double bass. What hits the ear from the off are clever, virtuosic trio adaptations of anything from a solo keyboard fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier to…

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