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“Weil and his [Tafelmusik] players convince us that Beethoven can sound as radical in the 21st century as he must have done in the 19th” — Gramophone Magazine Toronto, September 7, 2017 – Tafelmusik is thrilled to present its recordings of the complete Beethoven symphonies, six CDs packaged in a striking box set. Recorded under the direction of guest conductor Bruno Weil over a twelve-year period, Tafelmusik’s cycle marks the first time a North American orchestra has recorded all nine Beethoven symphonies on period instruments. Tafelmusik’s complete Beethoven symphonies will be released on CD on the Tafelmusik Media label starting September…

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No label generates such a buzz around new releases as the quirky Munich-based ECM which, after 48 years of high output, still manages to produce the unexpected, and at high quality. To find the senescent music of CPE Bach in a series that specialises in living composers is surprise enough. To hear him played on an esoteric Tangent piano is altogether a delight. The shortlived Tangent piano, mostly built by August Späth in the mid-to-late 18th century, allows an artist to express a personal sound – according to the Russian pianist, Alexei Lyubimov. Certainly, the sound on this recording is unlike…

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Highlights for September/October include tributes to Glenn Gould and Maureen Forrester; Adizokan—celebrating the evocative culture of Canadian Indigenous peoples; and a not-to-be-missed performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. August 30, 2017: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), led by Music Director Peter Oundjian, opens its 96th season on Tuesday, September 19 at Roy Thomson Hall. The performance, part of Canada Mosaic (a Canada 150 Signature Project) is anchored by the World Première of Life of Pi—a new orchestral suite by Canadian composer Mychael Danna. Commissioned by the TSO, the new suite is based on the soundtrack of the award-winning movie (please note that this performance does not include any…

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This fall, Grammy and ECHO Klassik Award-winning conductor Fabio Luisi launches his second season as the new Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO), and his sixth as General Director of Zurich Opera, which was named Best Opera Company at the 2014 International Opera Awards. In Copenhagen he opens the season with Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, and subsequent concerts throughout the season include Nielsen’s Fifth Symphony paired with Hans Werner Henze’s Second Violin Concerto; Franz Schmidt’s oratorio Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln; and concerts featuring Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh Symphonies. He also acts as Jury Chairman for the DNSO’s Malko Competition for Young Conductors. At Zurich…

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Would you be willing to spend a sweltering summer evening listening to a youth orchestra in a venue with no air-conditioning? The hundreds who did avail themselves of such an opportunity on August 4 at the resplendent Chapelle Notre Dame de Bon Secours in old Montreal were delighted with the experience. The 2017 edition of l’Orchestre de la Francophonie marshalled its forces for a final time to perform a diverse programme- the Haydn Trumpet Concerto, Le Boeuf sur le toit by Darius Milhaud, and Mahler’s 4th Symphony. Since its inception in 2001, this orchestra has provided enrichment for accomplished young…

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Acclaimed across the globe for the beauty of his voice, the emotional power of his performances, and his extraordinarily dazzling high notes, the Peruvian superstar tenor Juan Diego Flórez has so far in his career focussed almost exclusively on the masterpieces of the bel canto repertoire by Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini, and others. Now, in his eagerly awaited debut recording for Sony Classical, he turns his attention to a composer with whose works his talents also have an ideal relationship.’I’ve always wanted to do it, but now is the time. I finally feel I’m ready to convey the expressiveness, the simplicity, the…

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The Chœur classique de l’Outaouais will perform in “A Chorus of Voices!”, the closing concert of the Classical Spree at the Maison symphonique de Montréal, at 11 am on August 13, 2017. The choir will share the stage with seven other amateur ensembles, uniting their voices in the stirring grand finale of the celebrated “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Gatineau, August 1, 2017 — The Chœur classique de l’Outaouais is delighted to have been chosen to sing in the Classical Spree 2017 closing concert, at the Maison symphonique de Montréal at 11 am on August 13, 2017. Conducted…

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Imagine attending an entire year of recitals at Carnegie Hall or Der Musikverein. At either concert hall you will no doubt encounter the pianists András Schiff, Barry Douglas, Richard Goode, Evgeny Kissin, Yefim Bronfman, Daniil Trifonov or Yuja Wang. Your listening path would also include at least one of the leading violin virtuosi of our time, perhaps Joshua Bell, Leonidas Kavakos or Janine Jansen. You may also add to your annual subscription the experience of hearing Pablo Ferrandez, George Li, or Daniel Lozakovich, three rising stars of their generation. And, as an opera lover your radar will meet Esa-Pekka Salonen…

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Joliette, July 26, 2017 – Le Festival de Lanaudière is pleased to welcome you to concerts of the fifth week of its 40th season.  On Friday, July 28 at 8 p.m. in Salle Rolland-Brunelle in Joliette, Christine Jensen leads the National Jazz Orchestra of Montreal in a dazzling program of two major works, one of them written by her: Under the Influence, in which she pays tribute to five great jazz artists. Also on the program is a suite of excerpts from Gershwin’s immortal opera Porgy and Bess. The next day, Saturday, July 29 at 8 p.m. at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, the Festival Orchestra, the Fernand Lindsay Choir, baritone Hugo Laporte and mezzo-soprano Marie-Andrée Mathieu will rouse you…

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Joliette, July 19, 2017 – Le Festival de Lanaudière is pleased to welcome you to concerts of the fourth week of its 40th season.  On Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, pianist Marc-André Hamelin takes you into a world of passion and fantasy in sonatas by Haydn, Feinberg and Beethoven, followed by Schumann’s Fantasy Op. 17. The next day, Saturday, July 22 at 8 p.m. at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, the Orchestre Métropolitainunder the direction of Mathieu Lussier performs Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute and Symphony No. 41. After intermission, Marc-André Hamelin joins the orchestra for Beethoven’s grandest piano concerto, No. 5 (Emperor). On Sunday, July 23 at 2 p.m. at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, come support the up-and-coming generation by…

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