Browsing: Chamber Music

The Montreal Chamber Music Festival always manages to satisfy even the most demanding mélomane of the city. Long-time friends of artistic director Denis Brott, the Emerson Quartet has become somewhat of a mainstay of the Festival. The Emerson Quartet (Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violins, Lawrence Dutton, viola, and Paul Watkins, cello) celebrated their 40th anniversary on February 1st with a program of Mozart, Ravel, and Tchaikovsky. The concert opened with Mozart’s Quartet no. 15 in D minor. Their round and brilliant sound – a never-failing feature of the quartet — captured the audience’s attention from the opening notes. Lead violinist…

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CANADA The mayor of Montreal Denis Coderre engage to give 100 000$ per year to the OSM. « Through its international stature, the OSM is a cherished ambassador whose fame reflects back on the national and international reputation of Montreal, said Coderre ». [More infos] [More Infos 2] « The Gatineau Music Conservatory [will receive …] Sérgio et Odair Assad as a part of his 12e Edition of the Festival Guitare Alla Grande.» [More infos] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n60V6ukmJog INTERNATIONNAL  The Chinese pianist Lang Lang leaves Sony and return with Deutsche Grammophon. [More infos] [More infos] [More infos] « Seattle Symphony plays music from 7 nations that Trump…

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“What happens when you find a ghost and you bring it into a work of music?” asks Nicole Lizée. Insofar as that question is ­answerable, her compositions that form a dialogue with the surrealist film worlds of David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, and Alfred Hitchcock or compositions that meld outmoded and glitching gadgets with western chamber instruments unveil the eerie temporal rift between present and past as humans interact with media and technology. Sound Sources Born in small-town Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan in 1973, Lizée’s ­experiments in sound led her to pursue piano at Brandon University, Manitoba followed by a MA in composition…

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Ehnes Quartet: James Ehnes & Amy Schwartz Moretti, violins; Richard O’Neill, viola; Robert deMaine, cello Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor “Death and the Maiden” D810; Jean Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor, “Intimate Voices” Op. 56 Onyx 2016. 4163. 74 min 3 s. You rarely get a ­pairing of Schubert and Sibelius. The ­latter gets the ­“nationalist composer” ­treatment, often found paired with other Scandinavians like Grieg, sometimes even with a Slav or two thrown in for good measure. And Schubert? Well, you can find him wherever you find good, wholesome ­German music. This new release…

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The Romantic Spirit of Beethoven Infuses the Montreal Chamber Music Festival’s 22nd Season May 26 ~ June 18, 2017 Pre-Festival Prestige Series ~ February 1, May 6, and May 10 For Immediate Release, January 24, 2017, Montreal, Quebec … The Montreal Chamber Music Festival presents Beethoven: Passion romantique, dedicating its 22nd season to the spirit of Beethoven, the great master who represents the transition from the Classical to the Romantic era.  Founder and Artistic Director Denis Brott, C.M. has featured the music of Beethoven on almost all Festival concerts, anchored by the performance of the complete Beethoven string quartets over six…

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When I first started writing about Weinberg quarter of a century ago, there was no consistent western spelling of his surname (mostly printed Vainberg) and his first name was given as Moisei (pronounced Moshe), consistent with Soviet policy of identifying racial minorities. As for the music, it was unknown beyond the Soviet bloc, where it was more familiar to musicians in private performances than it was to public audiences. Today, thanks largely to proselytism by Gidon Kremer and his friends, Weinberg is no longer obscure but a musical giant, waiting to be discovered. The musician closest to Shostakovich – each…

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Brahms: Four Songs Op. 43. Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat major Op. 120 No. 2. Clarinet Trio in A minor Op. 114. String Sextet No. 2 in G major Op. 36.; Brahms: Two Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano Op. 91. Clarinet Quintet Op. 115. String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major Op. 18; David Small, baritone; David Shifrin, clarinet; Martin Beaver, viola; Clive Greensmith, cello; Anton Nel, piano; Kelly Kuo, piano; Miró Quartet; McCullough Theatre, Butler School of Music, University of Texas, Austin, Texas: November 9 & 11, 2016 Naming an all-Brahms program “Love and Duty” suggests that, as violist…

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La Scena Musicale celebrates its 20th anniversary with the first edition of Gala LA RELÈVE/RISING STARS, a benefit concert on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 7:30 PM at Salle Pierre-Mercure of the Centre Pierre-Péladeau featuring some of Canada’s future star musicians, many of whom have won recent national competitions. Soprano Chelsea Rus, baritone Hugo Laporte, clarinetist David Dias da Silva, violinist Joshua Peters, pianist Emily Oulousian and Piano Caméléons will perform; pianist Michael McMahon will accompany the singers. “I’m very excited with our line-up of six young musicians and duo,” said Wah Keung Chan, founder of La Scena Musicale. “Each…

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Some of my least endurable musical moments have been spent trapped in a small hall listening to a new piece by Kurtág, the venerable, post-tonal Hungarian aphorist. Making sense of seemingly unrelated sounds, and clusters of sound, is made all the most uncomfortable by the occasional squeaks that emanate from dedicated musicians struggling with the composer’s demands. The relief is that Kurtág always writes short. The pain tends to be over in ten minutes. So it was with trepidation that I put on the Molinari Quartet’s album of Kurtág’s complete string quartets – a total of 50 minutes – and…

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The Rolston Quartet are currently in their final year in residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston. The young musicians crossed paths in their teens at Banff and other development centres, and in 2013 they formed during a Banff Centre chamber music residency. They take their name from the decades-long director of Banff’s music programs, Tom Rolston, and the group’s first violinist, Luri Lee, plays Rolston’s instrument, a Tononi. The group’s second violinist, Jeffrey Dryda, said the quartet’s name was a source of pride. “The Rolston name means a lot to us and to this place, so…

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