Browsing: Canadian Music

David Fallis, conductor; A Luminato Festival Production Analekta AN 2 8784-5. 1 hr 53 min 24 s. For its 10th Anniversary last June, Toronto’s Luminato Festival staged its most ambitious work to date, R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis. Over 1000 performers from across Canada, both professional and amateur, united to realize this historic music-theatre work, which was performed and recorded in the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Due to the massive scale of the work, this is only the second time it was performed (the first was in London, Ontario in 1980), and the first time it had been recorded…

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André Gagnon Baroque Mes Quatre saisons – Les Turluteries Jean-Willy Kunz, harpsichord Orchestre symphonique Vallée du Haut-Saint-Laurent, Daniel Constantineau ATMA Classique. 2015. ACD22715. 65 min 17 s André Gagnon’s Mes quatre saisons (1969) and Les turluteries (1972) are infused with a new breath of life with this new disc on which baroque and popular music blend joyfully. With a style approaching that of Bach and Vivaldi, Jean-Willy Kunz on harpsichord interprets and transforms the melodies of Léveillée, Vigneault, Leclerc and la Bolduc’s “turlutes”, along with the Orchestre symphonique de la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent directed by Daniel Constantineau. Its unique character comes across…

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Bernard Labadie The Canadian Opera Company has announced that its 2016-17 season will include a new production of Harry Somers’ Louis Riel, in conjunction with the National Arts Centre. The Canadian Opera was premiered in 1967 for the Canadian centennial. Seven performances, featuring a largely Canadian cast, will take place from April 20 to May 13, 2017. The company also announced the contract extension of Music Director Johannes Debus through to the 2020-21 season. Canada’s longest running full-time classical music critic has retired. Claude Gingras, age 84, has capped a 63-year career, most of which was spent at Montréal’s French-language…

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Julie Triquet   Wherever she goes, Julie Triquet has the desire to meet others and to share that which animates her every day: music. A look at a journey that has been both classic and extraordinary by the woman who became concertmaster with I Musici de Montréal in 2012. A native of Québec City, Julie Triquet began studying violin at the age of 3 with teacher Claude Létourneau. “My mother had seen an interview with him on television, and she had become sort of convinced.” Triquet fell in love with the violin from the moment she started playing. She subsequently…

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Known for pushing the boundaries in their music, Montréal-based classical string band collectif9 is forging into uncharted territory with the release of their debut album (see review here), featuring the world premiere recording of Volksmobiles by Canadian composer Geof Holbrook. Formed in 2011 by Thibault Bertin-Maghit, collectif9 is a group of nine classically trained string players who aren’t shy about shaking things up. The members, who met at McGill University and the Université de Montréal, are violinists Yubin Kim, Frédéric Moisan, Grégor Monlun, and Roland Arnassalon; violists Scott Chancey and Xavier Lepage-Brault; cellists Andrea Stewart and Jérémie Cloutier; and bassist…

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The year 2015 ended well for Montreal composer Tim Brady: His chamber opera Ghost Tango enjoyed a successful premiere in Halifax in September and his Atacama: Symphony # 3 was warmly received in November at Brooklyn’s newly-opened venue, National Sawdust. Also, a recording of his Symphony # 4 was launched in September on the Centredisque label, played by Symphony Nova Scotia. His pursuit of opera and symphony continues with his Symphony # 7, planned for 2017, and a project to be performed by Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier lyrique. Its subject, the October Crisis of 1970, could be quite emotional. “I’ve…

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Music / MusiqueMathieu Père et Fils avec la Trio HochelagaEn lien avec l’exposition sur nos années vingt présentée par le Musée des beaux-arts, Arte Musica propose des œuvres dénichées dans les archives de l’époque. Le Trio Hochelaga interprète trois œuvres québécoises qui nous plongent dans la musique des années 1920 à 1940 : un trio de Rodolphe Mathieu, un trio d’André Mathieu et un quatuor avec piano d’Auguste Descarries. Invité : Victor Fournelle-Blain, alto. Salle Bourgie, vendredi 30, 18 h 30. www.sallebourgie.ca

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October is La Scena Musicale’s month for youth, as our third annual Rising Stars issue features 14 musicians to watch. Last June’s Montreal International Musical Competition (MIMC) underscored a growing phenomenon, the rise of South Korean musicians and singers, as the participants from the Land of the Morning Calm created a sensation, winning the top two prizes. In this issue, we meet tenor Keon-Woo Kim and soprano Hyesang Park. We also feature 12 other winners of recent Canadian and International competitions (from the Azrieli Commissioning Prize, Honens, Prix d’Europe to the Queen Elisabeth), along with our annual Competition Guide. One…

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Montreal & Quebec Guitare Montreal April 24-26, www.guitaremontreal.com This weekend festival combines performances, lectures, masterclasses, an exhibition, and a competition with over $4,000 in prizes. The festival begins Friday night with a performance by the Montreal Guitar Society under the direction of Dave Pilon, plus Czech guitar virtuoso Vladislav Bláha and Alan Liu, winner of last year’s Youth Competition. Guitar luthiers and vendors will be displaying their wares all day Saturday and Sunday. Saturday evening features a performance by last year’s competition winner, Miodrag Zerdoner, and renowned New York guitarist David Leisner. On Sunday afternoon, the Montreal Guitar Society Competition…

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This Week in Toronto (April 7 – 13)My concert picks this week – Joseph SoHercules with Alice Coote (Dejanira), Richard Croft (Hyllus) and Chorus (Photo: Michael Cooper)Canadian Opera Company’s spring season opened with a triumphant Handel’s Hercules last Saturday. By re-imagining the work to the time of the Iraqi conflict, American stage director Peter Sellars’ vision gives this baroque oratorio powerful contemporary resonance. He demonstrates that by focusing on the human toll of war, a piece from as long ago as 1744 can speak to modern day audiences, because the emotions of the characters transcend time and space. The set…

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