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Any new recording of the Walton concerto will always be measured against Jascha Heifetz, who commissioned the work in 1935, edited the solo part and gave the first performances, throwing down a challenge to all others to do it better, or different. Ida Haendel and Yehudi Menuhin were able to soften the granitic contours but few others have suggested that there is more to the piece than the mighty Heifetz mined out of it. Now along comes Anthony Marwood and turns our ears around. From first utterance, he finds an expansive, Elgarian colour to the piece, a breadth of phrase…

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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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HALIFAX, NS – This summer, Symphony Nova Scotia proudly presents its first-ever summer season, featuring 13 FREE concerts and events in public venues throughout Halifax from July 17 to 31. The festivities will feature Symphony Nova Scotia musicians giving live performances at venues like the Alderney Landing Theatre, the Keshen Goodman Public Library, and the Halifax Central Library’s O’Regan Hall. Highlights include the RDV 2017 Tall Ships Regatta Celebration on the waterfront with Natalie MacMaster, full-orchestra performances celebrating Nova Scotia with singer Reeny Smith and Mi’kmaq drummer Trevor Gould in Halifax and Dartmouth, and a charming afternoon Tea Dance with Halifax Pride at the Halifax Citadel. The full-orchestra concerts will be conducted by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, Symphony Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence and Community…

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I spent a morning with the great baritone in his Berlin home a couple of years before he died. Fischer-Dieskau was in morose mood. His wife Julia was out teaching, he told me twice, seeming to resent her absence. ‘I did too much,’ he confessed, regretting his dominance in Lieder, a field in which he covered not just German song but English, Russian and French. Still, sometimes too much is not enough. The present release is a 1989 duet recital he gave with his wife and the pianist Robert Höll at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, expecting that it would be…

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Music and Beyond has announced that one of the two concerts with renowned pianist Gregory Charles, which was to have taken place on July 14th, has been postponed. His other performance scheduled for the festival will still take place on July 13th. The festival also announced that his program, An Evening with Gregory Charles, will be part of next year’s festival and has been confirmed for July 9th, 2018. Replacing Gregory Charles on July 14th will be the exceptionally talented Quebec pianist Guillaume Martineau, a former student of Menahem Pressler. Martineau is one of the few pianists anywhere who performs…

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She’s been called “the outstanding Bach pianist of her generation” (The Sunday Times, London), and now, Angela Hewitt is set to bring her latest musical feat to Ottawa. In The Bach Odyssey, Hewitt will explore J.S. Bach’s complete keyboard works in 12 recitals over the course of four years. The National Arts Centre Orchestra in partnership with Ottawa Chamber Music Society (Chamberfest) offers these recitals alongside London’s Wigmore Hall, The 92nd Street Y in New York City, and other locations around the world including Tokyo and Florence for this extremely ambitious concert series. Hewitt’s performances and recordings of Bach have drawn…

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Ottawa, July 11, 2017 – Cellist Bryan Cheng is the recipient of the 2017 Michael Measures Prize. A unique collaboration between the Canada Council for the Arts and the NYO Canada (National Youth Orchestra of Canada), this $25,000 prize recognizes promising talent in the next generation of Canadian classical musicians. Bryan made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall at age 14 and was named one of CBC Music’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30” of 2015. Quotes “I’m extremely honoured to be the recipient of the Michael Measures Prize!” says winner Bryan Cheng. “I also realize how very fortunate…

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National Music Centre launches special exhibition dedicated to k.d. lang on July 11 Big, Big Love exhibition to showcase performance costumes and artifacts from k.d. lang (July 11, 2017 — Calgary AB) The National Music Centre (NMC) is pleased to launch a new temporary exhibition honouring iconic Canadian singer-songwriter k.d. lang. The exhibition, called Big, Big Love: k.d. lang on Stage, will be in the National Bank Private Banking 1859 Special Exhibitions Gallery on Level 5 of Studio Bell, and trace the versatile performer’s evolution as one of Canada’s most-loved artists. “Working on this exhibition with NMC made me look back a bit…

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Opera Canada Publications is pleased to announce the appointment of Gianmarco Segato as Editorial Director, effective July 24th. He will be working with the current editor, Wayne Gooding, until August 15th, at which time Wayne will be retiring after a great run as editor since 1993. After an extensive national search, Gianmarco joins the organization as the 5thEditorial Director to lead the magazine during almost 60 years of continuous publishing.  David Giles, Board Chair of Opera Canada Publications, said of the new appointment: “The Board and I are confident that Gianmarco is the right person to lead the magazine through its next exciting evolution.”…

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PREVIEW: Opera Saratoga’s new, full-out production of Marc Blitzstein’s 1937 musical masterpiece, The Cradle Will Rock; and INTERVIEWS: with director Lawrence Edelson and musical director John Mauceri. Though it’s remembered as a work of social protest and impassioned ideals, “nobody has experienced The Cradle Will Rock the way it was intended,” says celebrated musical director, educator and historian John Mauceri of composer/librettist Marc Blitzstein’s landmark 1937 opera. “It’s a piece that everybody knows, but nobody’s ever heard!” Point well taken. Ever since its famously unorthodox premiere, when an extraordinary concatenation of adversities forced a last-minute decision to present the work…

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