Browsing: Chamber Music

The trouble with most music by unfamiliar contemporary composers is that the listener has no idea where it’s coming from. The Austrian Gerald Resch gets over this hurdle by rooting his third string quartet, ‘attaca’, in Beethoven’s first Razumovsky quartet, opus 59/1. The context works remarkably well. Resch, 46, is a former music journalist embedded in Viennese music, both historic and  modern. He works with ensembles as different as the period-instrument Concentus Musicus and the Aureum saxophone quartet. In creating ‘attaca’ he had a period of immersion with the trendy, Frankfurt-based Aris Quartet, among the most accomplished on the circuit.…

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Montreal, May 6, 2021 – The I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra has been waiting for this moment for a long time: public will physically be back for our next concert on Thursday, May 13! Furthermore, the joy will double up as the musicians will work for the first time under the direction of their new conductor Jean-François Rivest. Jean-François Rivest is a known and appreciated figure in the classical Québécois milieu. Trained at the Montreal Conservatory of Music and at the Juilliard School in New York, he was conductor in residence at the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, artistic director…

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Montreal, April 28, 2021 – The Orchestre classique de Montréal (OCM) and conductor Boris Brott are thrilled to finally be performing in front of their loyal audience for the first time in over a year! Having worked hard to establish an online presence during the pandemic, the OCM will present its final two concerts of the season live and in-person at its new home in Salle Pierre‑Mercure: The Great Slavs on May 18 and From Mozart to McCartney on June 8. For those unable to attend due to limited seating, the concerts will also be made available via webcast for only…

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APRIL 7, 2021 – CAMMAC has released a series of 6 short films entitles “Musical Postcards from the CAMMAC Music Centre”, featuring several luminaries of the Canadian musical landscape.  In the summer of 2020, CAMMAC’s Artistic Director, Guylaine Lemaire, commissioned Montreal composer, CAMMAC teacher and McGill Doctorate of Music candidate Kevin O’Neil to write a short piece for each of three ensembles selected from among CAMMAC’s teaching staff. The performances were filmed in October 2020 at the CAMMAC Music Centre on Lake MacDonald, in Harrington, Québec. Each ensemble performed the piece written for them by Mr. O’Neil, along with a…

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Quite remarkable, what Verdi does with the marimba in the Requiem.  What Requiem, you ask? Which Verdi?  To explain: The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal has been responding with considerable enterprise to lockdown restrictions by performing reductions of full-sized choral masterpieces. Online, of course. A few months ago, the work on offer was Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, which normally calls for many more choristers than the 24 professionals who comprise the A&P choir.  More recently the subject was Verdi’s even grander reflection on mortality in a version for an unimaginably small cohort of five instrumentalists, including the…

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Undeterred by the pandemic, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and its artistic director Normand Forget were hard at work in recent months. In February, the ensemble recorded a composition by Sandeep Bhagwati at the monastery in Oka for an online video webcast, then streamed a performance dedicated to all health workers, one of them being its oboist Julie Sirois-Leclerc, also emergency physician. On April 16, it will perform live and online from its usual venue, Salle Claude-Champagne. The concert pays tribute to André Prévost, a composer and eminent teacher who passed away in 2001. The orchestra and its conductor Lorraine Vaillancourt…

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Montreal, April 9, 2021 – The Orchestre classique de Montréal and conductor Boris Brott are thrilled to welcome, for the first time, renowned Quebec pianist Jean‑Philippe Sylvestre as guest soloist. He will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 at the Pierre-Mercure hall which will be broadcast on April 27th at 7:30pm and will be available online for 2 weeks, until May 11th. The program will also feature Mozart’s Divertimento in D major, K. 136, conducted by Xavier Brossard‑Ménard, and the Symphony Concertante in G major, op. 13, by the Guadeloupian-French composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint‑Georges, a contemporary of Mozart. “We were…

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Vancouver, Canada (April 9, 2021) — The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) continues its vibrant and varied online season from its new state-of-the-art virtual home, TheConcertHall.ca, presented by TELUS. To date, the VSO has presented an impressive series of concerts for its new digital platform, including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons; Mozart and Haydn symphonies conducted by Music Director Otto Tausk; guest appearances by violinist James Ehnes, soprano Measha Brueggergosman; and pops, jazz, and family concerts, amassing over 4,000 subscribers. The month of April offers new opportunities to hear a number of sublime chamber works featuring VSO musicians, all recorded in the gorgeous…

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Despite having been kept out of concert halls for almost a year – give or take a few weeks depending on where they live – music lovers have been gifted with a wealth of livestreams and pre-recorded concerts online. This provided them with an opportunity to discover performers, ensembles and orchestras they might never have heard before. While most agree that listening to a symphony on a laptop doesn’t come close to the traditional concertgoing experience, some organizations have made compelling arguments in favor of this new way of experiencing and performing classical music. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has been…

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Circle April 11 on your calendar. This date marks the return of the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club to Pollack Hall after months of provincially mandated postponements and cancellations. The concert is also the first given for a live public by the cellist Matt Haimovitz in over a year. At least indoors. “Last summer I played in somebody’s ­backyard,” the Grammy-nominated McGill prof confessed from his home in Montreal. “Two backyards, actually.” His last formal gig was a Bach celebration at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, New York on March 7, 2020. “Already at that performance I was…

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