Browsing: Classical Music

Song of a Nation: The Untold Story of Canada’s National Anthem by Robert Harris, Toronto: McClelland & Stewart. ISBN: 9780771050923 While growing up in the 1970s I assumed that O Canada was our nation’s official anthem. Many others were similarly mistaken. Song of a Nation: The Untold Story of Canada’s National Anthem, by Robert Harris is a wonderfully written biography, history and tale that will resonate and tug at one’s heartstrings while revealing some gems of Canadian history, which all Canadians and lovers of music will probably appreciate. The biography is of a man who “left home at twelve, worked…

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Many regard the seventh as the most perplexing of Mahler’s symphonies. Coming after the extreme pessimism of the sixth, it appears to revert to the pastoralism of the third symphony while maintaining undertones of terror and insecurity. The two Night Music segments that interleave the three main movements may remind you of the Blumine section that Mahler inserted in his first symphony, only to remove it as a bucolic distraction. Where is Mahler going in the seventh? The only musician to understand it on first hearing was Arnold Schoenberg, who paid literal tribute to its textures in his seminal 12-note…

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Unveiling of another part of the 2019 edition’s programming Featuring great artists from here and from France, Italy and Germany Joliette, March 21, 2019—The Festival de Lanaudière’s Artistic Director Renaud Loranger has announced four new concerts in the artistic programming of the 42nd edition of the Festival de Lanaudière. They feature the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), Orchestre Métropolitain (OM), Venice Baroque Orchestra, and violinist Christian Tetzlaff. The Festival runs from July 5 to August 4 this year.  The OSM has been invited to give the Festival’s opening concert on Friday, July 5. Renowned French conductor Alain Altinoglu makes a return…

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At first hearing, these three violin concertos dated 1790 sound like Haydn. The second of them could even be Mozart if we didn’t know that Mozart only wrote five concertos and these are numbered 13 to 15. So who was Giornovich if he could write so well, and why have we never heard this music before, given that this is a world premiere recording? Giornovich was, if nothing else, well connected, A Croat whose name has at least 30 misspellings, he was raised in Palermo and became a French citizen because it was the best passport to hold in those…

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12 March 2019 – Brussels (Belgium) 2019 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition announce 71 candidates and the Imposed works by Bram Van Camp & Kimmo Hakola.  Candidates 71 candidates have been selected to participate in the first round of the 19th Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition : 49 women and 22 men, representing 20 different nationalities. Canadians include Timothy Chooi, Daniel Kogan, Shannon Lee and Melody Yuan. –      The best represented are : Korea (16), Japan (15) and the United States of America (11). –      Followed by China, France and Russia with each 6 candidates. –      The other candidates originate from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Romania, the UK and Switzerland.   Overview of the candidates by nationality (the…

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The Cliburn is thrilled to announce the 24 competitors invited to participate in the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, taking place May 31–June 8, 2019, in Dallas, Texas, with the first three rounds at Caruth Auditorium at SMU and the Final Round performance with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ruth Reinhardt at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The 2019 Cliburn Junior competitors hail from all over the world, representing 11 countries: the United States (7), China (5), Japan (4), Canada (3), Hong Kong (2), Armenia, Australia, Austria, Russia, South Korea, and Taiwan (includes three dual representations). They range in age from 13 to 17 with two 13-, four 14-, seven 15-, five 16-, and six 17-year-olds.…

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If you haven’t heard of Grace Williams, it’s not entirely down to vicious male suppression. The Welsh composer (1906-1977) studied in London with Ralph Vaughan Williams around the same time as Elizabeth Maconchy and Imogen Holst. Women composers were emerging in the 1920s and receiving strong encouragement. Grace Williams was particularly friendly with Benjamin Britten, as their extant letters attest. She remained in London through the 1930s and was a visible part of its musical life. During the War she began to suffer from depression. She returned home to Barry in 1945 for the last 30 years of her life.…

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Beyond Borders 2019 Toronto Summer Music Festival celebrates cross-cultural influences and collaborations TORONTO, ONTARIO – From July 11 to August 3, 2019, the Toronto Summer Music Festival explores and celebrates the cross-cultural influences that have pervaded classical music from the times of Mozart and Mahler, right up to the composers of today. “Toronto is one of the most diverse cities on the planet.  I am thrilled that this year’s theme Beyond Borders, reflects the cross-cultural dialogue we all value so highly.   We welcome the world to our festival!” said Jonathan Crow, Artistic Director of Toronto Summer Music. The 2019 festival showcases…

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Musique Française Featuring Berlioz’s Magnificent Song Cycle Les Nuits d’été With a special performance by students from Encore!Sistema Québec Sunday, March 31, 7:30 pm at Oscar Peterson Hall For Immediate Release, March 4, Montreal, QC … The McGill Chamber Orchestra and Maestro Boris Brott invite you to Musique Française, a beautiful evening featuring music by Berlioz, Ravel, Bizet and more. Highlights of the concert on Sunday, March 31 at 7:30 pm at Oscar Peterson Hall include Berlioz’s sumptuous song cycle Les Nuits d’été with soprano Sharon Azrieli and a special performance by students from Encore!Sistema Quebec, the world-renowned music educational…

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Bach Specialist, Harpsichordist Luc Beauséjour makes Festival Debut Two concerts directed by Artistic Director John Abberger Vocal Soloists Hélène Brunet, Daniel Taylor, Lawrence Wiliford, Joel Allison Instrumental Virtuosi: violinist Julia Wedman, cellist Elinor Frey, flutist Alison Melville, oboist John Abberger The Toronto Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra New Canadian Music for Baroque Cello Free Lecture by Noted Bach Scholar and Author Ellen Exner “Toronto is fortunate to be home to brilliant period music performers, such as those participating in the Toronto Bach Festival.” – Toronto Concert Reviews, 2018  “Seventy per cent of Bach’s music is unknown to the average music…

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