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Sondra Radvanovsky gives a flawless recital By Adrian Rodriguez Reviewing a concert given by an artist with a voice like the stentorian soprano Sondra Radvanosky has, is a very difficult task for a music critic. After all, how can one criticize something that is flawless! Such was my experience after attending the recital she gave on Sunday, October 24 at ‘Le Grand Theatre de Quebec’ accompanied by pianist Anthony Manoli. While Radvanosky continuously performed all the nuances written in the score: fortes, pianissimos, crescendos, decrescendos, I had to keep reminding myself -“Hey wake up! You are here to work, you must be impartial, you must be objective”… But it didn’t work. She managed to dissipate time and carried the audience to another plain of existence. One where judgment vanishes. Our Canadian diva presented a two-hour recital without showing any signs of vocal fatigue. She gave the…

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Orchestre de la Francophonie: End of Season Concert 4.5 Stars Simon Rivard, conductor. Mahler Symphony #4: Julie Triquet, violin, Andréanne Brisson Paquin, soprano. August 4, 2017. Chapelle Notre-Dame de Bon-Secours. Performance: 9/10 What you missed: Having heard the 2017 ­Orchestre de la Francophonie early in its ­season, this reviewer can attest to the remarkable improvement that occurred under ­Rivard’s tutelage. Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto opened the programme. It was performed with ­impressive facility by Tyler Lindsay, an ­orchestra member. In this work, the violins in particular aptly rendered the deceptively difficult accompaniment. Next up was Milhaud’s surrealist ballet score Le Boeuf sur…

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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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Retrospective of the Glimmerglass Festival mainstage season of Summer 2017: Xerxes, by G.F. Handel (libretto by Minato and Stampiglia); The Siege of Calais by Gaetano Donizetti (libretto by Salvatore Cammarano); Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, Dubose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin; and Oklahoma! by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Who says you can’t go home again? The theme of this past summer’s Glimmerglass Festival 2017 was “home and homeland,” and it proved a fertile organizing notion, with love of home, defense of home, loss of and longing for home all woven richly into the fabric of the…

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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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A splendid new co-production of Puccini’s Tosca by Opéra de Montréal and the Cincinatti Opera broods on the terrible power of art, eros, and the state. Compassion is the yin to power’s yang. Compassion cannot enact the relative freedom and justice of the “good” state without sword, cannon, or intercontinental ballistic missiles. The paradox of civilization is that the power required to achieve, maintain, and protect it requires physical coercion, inculcated virtue, and the fictions of law, money, state, religion, and human rights. Compassion is the yin to power’s yang. Compassion cannot enact the relative freedom and justice of the…

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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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