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Flûte passion: Mozart Nadia Labrie, flute; Antoine Bareil, violin; Isaac Chalk, viola; Benoit Loiselle, cello  Analekta AN 2 8925 ★★★★✩ For the third instalment of her Flûte Passion series, Nadia Labrie has chosen Mozart. With her fellow musicians, the flutist offers chamber music by this composer she is so fond of: four quartets, including the famous Quartet in D major K. 285, as well as the Andante in C major K. 315. We find typically Mozartian melodic lines, full of charm and insouciance. The music flows without interruption and the sounds of the instruments fit together perfectly. Labrie nicely captures…

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This section is an advertising supplement. To announce here, contact [email protected] Studio Piccolo Session  Stick&Bow. Leaf Music LM242 Discover the new videos of the two young musicians of Stick&Bow as they revisit the Cuban masterpiece Che comandante by Carlos Puebla, rewrite the rock success of Sting’s She’s Too Good For Me and perform two commissions written especially for them, Romanza by Luis Naon and Folk Suite by Jason Noble. Recorded at the prestigious Studio Piccolo in the heart of Montreal, the Canadian duo Stick&Bow bring life and energy to “Studio Piccolo Sessions.” Eckhardt-Gramatté: 28 Alphabet & Character Pieces “From My…

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It’s a time to try to keep looking forward,” Janina Fialkowska said from her home outside Augsburg, a German city some 80 kilometres west of Munich, where the Canadian pianist has lived since 2013.  “I’m doing my best not to look back because I believe there are great things to come.” Among the near-future prospects are a return to concertizing in July, COVID willing, and the resumption in September of her  International Piano Academy, an innovative mini-fest, also in Bavaria, featuring young pianists she admires who might not have been lucky enough to win one the many competitions she has served…

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Montréal, Monday, March 16, 2021 – In addition to the concerts announced recently, few of which are still available online, Bourgie Hall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is expanding its online musical offering. From jewels of the Italian Baroque with Les Violons du Roy to contemporary jazz with Jean Deromeperforming songs by Steve Lacy, in addition to the musical traditions of Iran and Peru with the Duo Perse-Inca, an homage to Inuit throat singing with Oktoécho, and a concert-lecture of the history of the Romantic guitar presented by Pascal Valois, to offer you a diverse range of online…

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Owing to government restrictions to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM) was obliged to organize its 24th Gala des prix Opus online, a first for the ceremony. The webcast was made public on Feb. 7 on the Facebook page of the Fabrique culturelle de Télé-Québec. The setting was unchanged: Bourgie Hall in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. A total of 26 laureates were recognized for their achievements during the 2019-2020 season, before and during the pandemic. Exceptional circumstances led to an exceptional tribute to Kent Nagano, former music director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra,…

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 . . THE BELGIAN COMPOSER BOUDEWIJN BUCKINX (B. 1945) WROTE NINE UNFINISHED SYMPHONIES?All were composed in a single year, 1992. . . .  PLUTO HADN’T BEEN DISCOVERED YET WHEN HOLST WROTE HIS PLANETS (1914-1917)? However, later composers helped him out with a Pluto movement. In 1997 the American composer Margaret Brouwer wrote Pluto: A Sequel to Holst’s ‘Planets,’ and three years later the British composer Colin Matthews finished Holst’s cycle with Pluto, the Renewer, composed at the request of Kent Nagano. . . . THE LONGEST SYMPHONY IN THE STANDARD REPERTORY IS GUSTAV MAHLER’S THIRD?  This runs about an hour and…

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Here are today’s streamed concerts you shouldn’t miss! Enjoy. This feature will run until January 1, 2021. To submit your event, please email [email protected] The Orchestre de chambre de la Montérégie – Holiday Season Concert The Orchestre de chambre de la Montérégie, under the musical direction of Nicolas Ellis, accompanied by dancers from the École supérieure de ballet du Québec, are pleased to share their first webcast production. This initiative allows the organization to pursue its mission of providing access to music and the performing arts to a greater number of people, to support the next generation and musical education,…

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Here are the streamed concerts you shouldn’t miss on Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday! Enjoy. This feature will until January 1, 2021. To submit your event, please email [email protected] Seattle Opera – Ode to Beethoven with Sarah Larsen and John Keene In celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Seattle Opera presents a recital with mezzo-soprano Sarah Larsen and pianist, John Keene in collaboration with the This is Beethoven festival by Emerald City Music. Ms. Larsen has prepared a program with selections by Ludwig van Beethoven as well as pieces by female composers Fanny Mendelssohn and Dame Ethel Smyth who were greatly…

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The future of performance is looking digital, at least in the short term. Last week the Opéra de Montréal unveiled an online double bill with piano accompaniment that made a good case for the viability of the format while leaving us less than fully convinced of the merits of the works themselves. First up was Francis Poulenc’s well-known La voix humaine, a solo opera of 1958 based on Jean Cocteau’s 1928 play of the same name. A jilted woman engages in a telephone conversation with her former lover. There are frequent interruptions caused by the (then) notoriously unreliable French telephone system. Whether…

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A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, violinist Lucy Wang is equally at home on stage as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral musician. She has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia as a founding member of the Viano String Quartet, winners of the First Prize at the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Lucy has also been a prizewinner in numerous solo competitions and as attended prestigious international festivals such as Aspen Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and New York String Orchestra Seminar. She is currently a Master of Music degree candidate at…

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