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Daniil Trifonov: Chopin Evocations (DG) FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Arr. By Mikhail Pletnev), Variations on “Là ci darem la mano” Works by Barber, Grieg, Mompou, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Daniil Trifonov, piano; Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev, conductor 2 CDs, 0289 479 7518 2 The 2011 Tchaikovsky winner has lost none of his capacity to surprise. Daniil Trifonov thinks nothing of coming on stage with one wrist in a bandage, no explanation offered, or of asking the audience not to applaud at any time through a 90-minute recital. His powers of concentration are phenomenal and he expects no less from his listeners.…

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Zhan Hong Xiao On Radio-Canada’s Virtuose By Olivier Gentil  “For me, music is the highest form of communication, the highest form of language.” This 17-year-old piano prodigy came to Quebec’s attention when he appeared on Radio-Canada’s Virtuose, broadcast last spring and hosted by Gregory Charles. At the end of the show he played the fourth movement of the Piano Concerto in E flat by Liszt. “I only entered by chance, because my prof told me about it,” he recalls. “I was surprised to be selected!” And he doesn’t regret it in the least. “There was nothing to worry about, it…

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Jean-Michel Dubé Canadian Music Competition – Tremplin Section By Olivier Gentil Last July, Jean-Michel Dubé won the Canadian Music Competition – Stepping Stones. Over four rounds, this challenge represented the performance of nearly three hours of repertoire, and Dube presented Prokofiev’s 7th Sonata, Liszt’s Obermann Valley, a work by Brahms and an impromptu by Schubert. In the finale, the young pianist presented Beethoven’s Piano Concerto # 2. More recently, last September, Jean-Michel Dubé was awarded the Best Performance Award for the imposed work of the German Music Prize, an international competition in the very heart of Berlin. The particular work…

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“We have the responsibility that no Mozart be murdered.” The good is achieved through beauty.” This is how Gregory Charles sums up Piano and Voice, the 2017 Cardinal Léger benefit concert he will host with tenor Marc Hervieux on November 5 at Maison symphonique. This major musical charity event — a benefit for the Léger Foundation’s Feed a Child program — also features two young musicians from the Radio-Canada television show Virtuose. This performance benefits from the chemistry between Gregory and Marc. Both artists are characterized by their refusal to compartmentalize artistic work. Their unbounded love for music is part…

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World Premiere Recording of André Mathieu: Concerto No. 3 features JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with Piano Soloist Alain Lefèvre Analekta CD Celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Canada and the 75th Anniversary of Mathieu’s Composition  A world premiere recording of André Mathieu: Concerto No. 3, theConcerto de Quebec, paired with George Gershwin’s An American in Paris is now available on Analekta Records featuring acclaimed conductor JoAnn Falletta leading the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with soloist Alain Lefèvre.  The CD debuted as the No. 1 classical album in Canada. Says Falletta: “The pairing of the Mathieu and Gershwin on our Analekta CD celebrates the 150th anniversary of…

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Musica Camerata kicked off its 48th season with an evening of quartets for piano, violin, viola, and cello. Respected as a premiere Canadian chamber ensemble, Musica Camerata is justifiably proud of its longevity. The concert was held in the resplendent Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur where the parterre seating area is usually hydraulically raised to provide theatre style seating. The roughly 100 attendees filled this venue. From this reviewer’s vantage point in the balcony, the acoustics were a little dry for a chamber string ensemble. The instrumentalists on this program were Luis Grinhauz (violin), Victor Fournelle-Blain (viola), Bruno Tobon (cello), and…

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Mozart in Paris Poulenc: Suite from “Les Biches” FP36 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat major K. 450 Poulenc: Concert Champêtre for Harpsichord and Orchestra FP49 Mozart: Symphony No. 31 in D major K. 297 “Paris”   Anton Nel, piano & harpsichord Austin Symphony Orchestra/Peter Bay   Long Center for the Performing Arts Austin, TX September 9, 2017   Maestro Peter Bay, who hails from Washington, D.C., has made his home in Austin, Texas for the past 20 years. It has been a Golden Age for Austin and for the Austin Symphony (ASO). As the city has grown…

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Montréal, Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – The CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) is extremely pleased to announce that pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre will act as honorary patron of its annual event. Attracting some of the world’s most promising young singers, pianists and violinists, the CMIM’s next edition will be held from May 27 to June 7 and is dedicated to Voice. A world-renowned virtuoso pianist, Alain Lefèvre has performed in over forty countries in prestigious venues and with the world’s leading conductors and symphony orchestras. He has won numerous prizes, amongst them a Juno, an Opus and ten…

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By now you’ve probably heard the story of André Mathieu (1929–68). A child prodigy hailed as Canada’s Mozart, Mathieu lived a tragic life and died in obscurity. It was not until the twenty-first century that many were able to experience his music, due in no small part to the tireless work of Québécois pianist-composer Alain Lefèvre. Now, in time for the 75th anniversary of the work, Lefèvre is releasing a new recording of the Piano Concerto No. 3, known commonly as the “Concerto de Québec.” The Concerto de Québec — which Lefèvre recorded himself in 2003 with Yoav Talmi and…

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Having just made a late summer debut at the BBC Proms playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with conductor Kazushi Ono and the BBC Symphony, Inon Barnatan – “one of the most admired pianists of his generation” (New York Times) – opens the 2017-18 season performing a new concerto by Alan Fletcher with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Barnatan gave the world premiere of the piece earlier in the summer at the Aspen Music Festival, and later in the season he will play it again with the Atlanta Symphony. On New Year’s Eve the pianist performs Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in Minneapolis with the Minnesota Orchestra led by Osmo…

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