Browsing: Choral

Brahms: An English Requiem (Delphian) Mary Bevan, soprano Marcus Farnsworth, baritone James Baillieu and Richard Uttley, piano Choir of Kings College London, conductor Joseph Fort This has to be the least expected record of the year – a performance of Ein deutsches Requiem in the original English, at least in the texts of the original English Bible. The work was so popular on reception, at a time when Bismarck was planting German boots all over Denmark, Austria and France, that London impresarios felt it might be prudent to produce it in a less contentious language. Since Victorian concertgoers knew their…

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Tania Miller and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra The first Canadian Maestra to become Music Director of a major symphony orchestra, Tania Miller takes the podium to lead the Royal Conservatory through a program that includes works by Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no. 2 will be played by pianist Sae Yoon Chon. The Royal Conservatory Orchestra is comprised of members of the Glenn Gould School’s Performance Diploma and Artist Diploma programs. Nov. 24, Koerner Hall. www.rcmusic.ca Rodelinda with VOICEBOX: Opera In Concert One of Canada’s oldest opera companies continues it 2017-18 season at the Jane Mallett Theatre (St. Lawrence Centre…

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Cantata Singers of Ottawa — Fauré Requiem Artistic Director Andrew McAnerney will lead a candlelight program of Mozart, Bach and Fauré. The centrepiece of the programme will be Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem (1893 version) with an orchestra of strings, horns, harp and organ. Other works will include Mozart’s “Misericordia Domini” and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, performed by the orchestra. November 4, 8:00 pm – 9:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s Church. www.cantatasingersottawa.ca Seventeen Voyces — Haydn’s Mass in Time of War Seventeen Voyces’s 2017-2018 season will begin dramatically with a presentation at St. Matthew’s of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Mass in Time of War…

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The Montreal Bach Festival opens on November 17 at the Maison Symphonique with a performance of Bach’s ­monumental Mass in B Minor by Collegium 1704, an acclaimed early-music group based in Prague. The Mass summons a month of ­performances devoted to Bach and his ­catalogue, his contemporaries, and his ­influence on the composers of our time. Collegium 1704’s Montreal ­appearance — the Canadian debut of this élite fifty-member choir and instrumental ensemble — is ­intended in part as a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. This Canadian performance, which has been years in the making,…

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Ever wondered how Handel only needed 24 days to compose the celebrated ­oratorio Messiah, which has become a Christmas tradition world-wide? It turns out that the then 56-year-old Handel was on the verge of bankruptcy, which may have spurred him on, despite the fact that he was ill from a stroke at the time. This back story was dramatized by marketer Pierre Audet in The Brilliant Resurrection of Mr. Handel, a musical narrative on the creation of Messiah. Its successful premiere in spring 2011 by the Chœur Radio Ville-Marie has inspired a ­second staging, this time by the McGill ­Chamber…

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Download/Téléchargez PDF (see bottom of post) Contents (English Edition) Cover: 12 Susan Platts 16 Alexandre Da Costa: The Journey to Oneself 18 Alexandre Da Costa: Violinist on a Mission 8 Editorial 10 Industry News 20 Great Canadian mezzos & contraltos 21 Julie Boulianne 22 Éva Gauthier (1885-1958) 24 Handel’s Messiah 26 Collegium 1704 & Vaclav Luks 27 Montreal Bach Festival 27 Saint-Joseph’s Oratory 28 Quatuor Brentano String Quartet 29 Qu4rtz 29 Les Idées heureuses 30 Jazz : « Actuelle » autrement 32 Concerts Reviews 34 CD Reviews Special : Audio 36 Music, Hi-Fi, and Wonder 40 Audio Note UK 41 Streaming…

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“FEAST OF VOICES” Beethoven-Bruckner: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13 “Pathétique” (lst movement) Vaughan Williams: Flos Campi Mahler-Britten: Symphony No. 3 (2nd movement) Bruckner: Te Deum Bruce Williams, viola Julia Taylor, soprano Claudia Chapa, mezzo-soprano Brian Yeakley, tenor Charles Evans, baritone Chorus Austin (Ryan Heller, director) Austin Symphony/Peter Bay Long Center for the Performing Arts Austin, TX October 7, 2017 In his opening remarks, conductor Peter Bay informed the audience that they were about to hear only the second performance ever of Anton Bruckner’s orchestration of the first movement of Beethoven’s “Pathétique” Sonata, making this a U.S.…

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With an impressive roster of seasoned performers and many more in training, opera is a major component of classical music in Canada. Our homegrown talent is gaining recognition abroad, and many of our singers appear regularly in the world’s great opera houses. Here’s a look at some of their diaries for 2017–2018. Soprano Layla Claire, whose Donna Elvira was warmly received by audiences at Opéra de Montréal last November, recently made a debut solo album with ATMA Classique, entitled Songbird. High point of the year for this British Columbian will be her title role in Alcina at the Bolshoi Theatre…

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The first thing you need to know about Daniel Barenboim’s live performance with the Staatskapelle Berlin is that it is the best-sounding Gerontius on record. No British string section has ever played the work with such sweet serenity. No British winds ever breathed with such deep assurance. Strange as it may seem, the Berlin musicians and chorus singers feel this most English of works in their fingers and bones. There is something akin to love in their playing. This is not to disparage past recordings, all by English forces, notably the Halle’s with John Barbirolli and two-thirds of a dream…

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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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