Browsing: Canadian Music

Noted for organizing tributes to a single composer, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec this season revisits the formula – pandemic willing – with a series of portrait concerts, starting Sept. 26, dedicated to the musical universe of André Hamel. Strongly influenced during his university studies by The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives, Hamel is open to all creative possibilities that seek to modify audio perception, either by putting musicians in different spaces, or by layering acoustic interference, or by a combination of the two. In these works, musical elements do not seem a priori to be made…

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Emily Doolittle: composer; Jennifer King: piano. – Leaf Music, LM2015 From the upcoming album O Mistress Moon: Canadian Edition, Gleise 581c takes listeners to new heights, having us imagine ourselves looking at the planet from space, watching it turn, and projecting our wonder, imagination, and hopes onto it. Gleise 581c is a lively minimalistic work, full of sparkling atmospheric piano patterns that contrast with a dark and spacious otherworldly middle section. This work is eloquent in hopefulness and effective in its sparseness. This release is part of an advertising supplement and does not engage this magazine to any opinions that may be…

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Matthew Larkin, organ. ATMA ACD22857 ATMA Classique is pleased to present the label debut of Canadian organist Matthew Larkin. Recorded on the Casavant Opus 550 organ at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Toronto, this two-disc recital showcases the remarkable breadth and beauty of one of North America’s most famous organs. This release is part of an advertising supplement and does not engage this magazine to any opinions that may be expressed in the content of this review. To advertise in this section, contact: [email protected]

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David Jacques, guitar. ATMA ACD22821 ATMA Classique is pleased to present the label debut of Canadian organist Matthew Larkin. Recorded on the Casavant Opus 550 organ at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Toronto, this two-disc recital showcases the remarkable breadth and beauty of one of North America’s most famous organs. This release is part of an advertising supplement and does not engage this magazine to any opinions that may be expressed in the content of this review. To advertise in this section, contact: [email protected]

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Derek Charke, composer and flute; Eugene Cormier, guitar (Leaf Music, LM234) Bathymetric Terrains muses on the ecology of oceans and tidal bays. This visual album included a full-length video version of the album that combines elements of the live video projections used in on-stage performances with newly acquired footage of the duo playing their instruments on or near the ocean floor in Nova Scotia. Combining acoustic, vocal and electroacoustic elements, Bathymetric Terrains is an exciting journey beneath the ocean to discover new landscapes and sounds. This release is part of an advertising supplement and does not engage this magazine to any opinions…

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Grej in collaboration with Maureen Batt (Leaf Music, LM243) Created from letters and journals written on a journey through grief, the inspiration for this work came from our dear friend and its message is universal. This album represents a journey through grief but is, above all, a love story.  The music was composed by Grej (Gregory Harrison) in collaboration with Maureen Batt. The concept is a marriage between classical and electronic genres that utilizes voice, piano, harmonium, synthesizer, and field recordings. This release is part of an advertising supplement and does not engage this magazine to any opinions that may be expressed…

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JAN JÄRVLEPP, composer. Pascale Margely flute, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra | Stanislav Vavřínek conductor, Zagreb Festival Orchestra | Ivan Josip Skender conductor, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronský conductor : (Navona Records, NV6291) Jan Järvlepp’s first Navona release, CONCERTO 2000, presents a tonal concerto scored for orchestra – one might think Wagner or Mahler when listening. Except that Wagner and Mahler might not quite have agreed with the directness of his tonal language: for Järvlepp’s work unabashedly aspires to appeal on a popular level. The listener who expects a daunting epic in face of an awe-inducing title such as CONCERTO 2000 will be…

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Ten concerts: This we know for sure. Almost certainly starting on Sept. 12 with violinist Blake Pouliot, who, as a Canadian, cannot be stopped at the border or otherwise prevented from playing in Pollack Hall at the immemorial time of 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. As for the U.K.-based Doric String Quartet, they can be called probables for Oct. 3, given the general downward trajectory of COVID numbers in the middle of the pandemic’s second summer. “If the borders aren’t open, we’ll have to find something else,” says Constance Pathy, president of the venerable Ladies’ Morning Musical Club. Pathy views such…

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“If it were not for my mother, this orchestra would not exist,” Boris Brott, artistic director and chief conductor of the Orchestre classique de Montréal, says forthrightly about Lotte Brott, 1922-1998, who served as the manager of what was long known as the McGill Chamber Orchestra.  “If it were not for my mother, this orchestra would not exist,” Boris Brott, artistic director and chief conductor of the Orchestre classique de Montréal, says forthrightly about Lotte Brott, 1922-1998, who served as the manager of what was long known as the McGill Chamber Orchestra.  Since existence is a condition much preferable to…

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Albertine, en cinq temps is getting a makeover. For the first time, this play by Michel Tremblay, premiered in 1984, will be adapted as an opera. A few arias have already been composed by singer-songwriter Catherine Major. These will be featured in a pair of concerts. For Nathalie Deschamps, the artistic director of Productions du 10 avril, the choice of Major was obvious. “Michel Tremblay’s words express the heart of who we are, in our Quebec roots,” Deschamps explains. “I wanted to find a woman who shares those roots, who composes music that can be hummed easily and that would…

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