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Who would have thought that acclaimed flautists are fans of smoked meat just like the rest of us? In today’s Video of the Day, McGill alumni and Montreal resident, Mika Putterman traipses around the Bernard Street Mile End deli, Lester’s Deli, while her rendition of Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Allegro con Brio Sonata plays in the background. Between takes of meat slicers and Putterman playing her wooden flute, the slightly yellowed video filter conveys a deep sense of longing for the comfort of a picturesque day on Bernard Street. Shopkeepers smile. Customers laugh. And sunshine twinkles in the eye. The flute trills and…

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Two men make music with a French Horn and a chair, proving that the expensive multi-thousand-dollar piece of bent metal is potentially no more melodious or emotive as the average adjustable chair. In the video, the French horn plays a rich and bombastic bass line while the adjustable chair, aided by the exemplary wrist technique of its player, delights with graceful responses in a higher register. Of course, the tone quality could be improved, yet as it is an amateur recording, this does not seem to be a valid comment. Of the rhythm, the two instrumentalists attempt to adhere to…

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Ever heard of a didgeridoo? It is a traditional instrument of the aboriginal people of northern Australia. It is little known outside Australia and many of those who have seen and heard it are baffled by it. You can’t play conventional “tunes” on it and the sounds coming out of the instrument can be downright ugly to our ears.But the instrument and its players have a lot to tell us about human expression. In this excellent video David Hudson demonstrates how sounds are made on the instrument. And if you think it is easy to make those sounds just try…

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(This is a continuation of the article in the April 2012 issue of this magazine. Read the article here.) Nora-Louise Müller / Photo: Thomas Berg Based in Toronto, Stephen Fox is a trained clarinettist who decided to go into instrument making over 20 years ago. In a recent e-mail interview, he provided some added background on this on-going vocation of his (he also maintains a career as a performer). In the following exchange, he briefly traces his beginnings as a maker of clarinets in both the traditional tempered system and, more recently, the microtonal one developed by HeinzBohlen and John Robinson Pierce.La Scena Musicale: You started building clarinets in…

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Magic night of flutes with Sir James and Lady Jeanne BY WAH KEUNG CHAN, FREELANCENOVEMBER 25, 2011 Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway, seen here in 2005 photo, performed with OSM on Wednesday. Photograph by: JO HALE GETTY IMAGES FILE, Freelance Wednesday night’s OSM concert featured not one but two magic flutes, as super flutist Sir James Galway appeared in duet with his wife, Lady Jeanne, in Domenico Cimarosa’s Concerto for Two Flutes. Although Sir James took on the first flute part, Lady Jeanne held her own and at times excelled in the second flute part. It was hard…

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Alison Balsom, trompette; Scottish Ensemble EMI 4560942 (61 min 46 s) HHHHII Depuis dix ans, la charmante Alison Balsom a su convaincre le monde de la musique classique que la trompette virtuose, chasse gardée majoritairement masculine depuis toujours, pouvait resplendir de mille feux sous les doigts prestes et alertes d’une jeune femme d’à peine une trentaine d’années. Mme Balsom possède une technique fluide et assurée et elle dispose surtout d’une belle sonorité ample et nette qui ne brille pas exagérément dans l’aigu, ce qui donne à ses interprétations un aspect coussiné, mais sans mièvrerie. Le programme présenté sur ce disque…

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By Crystal Chan The eminent oboist and musicologist Bruce Haynes passed away early yesterday morning. One of the first 20th century hautboy performers, he was a former teacher at McGill University and the Université de Montréal. He also published seven books as well as many articles and contributions to the New Grove Dictionary of Music.A performance by Les Boréades tomorrow night at the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours will be dedicated to his memory. www.boreades.comHis creation of six “new” Brandenburg concertos from Bach cantata movements will be performed on June 24, 2011 as part of the Montreal Baroque Festival, which was founded by…

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Conductor and Trombonist Alain Trudel (photo credit: Pierre Racine)Given the symphony and the opera are still in hiatus, there are fewer concerts than usual. But there are a few intriguing events well worth attending. Top on my list is the Mooredale Concerts presenting conductor Alain Trudel who is also a noted trombonist. In fact, Le Monde de la Musique from Paris called him the “Jascha Heifetz of the trombone.” He is joining forces with organist Patrick Wedd for an eclectic program of original works for trombone and organ by Holst and Guilmant, as well as organ pieces by Bach and…

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