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Montreal, February 25, 2021 – The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) is pleased and proud to announce that today, Kent Nagano receives the honorary title of Conductor Emeritus of the Orchestra. Appointed by the Board of Directors, he becomes the third Music Director of the OSM to receive this recognition after Wilfrid Pelletier and Zubin Mehta. Back at last in Montreal to accept this honour, Maestro Nagano marks the occasion by conducting the Orchestra in three long-awaited concerts! It is with deep feeling and great pride that I welcome the decision by the OSM’s Board of Directors to appoint me…

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Ah, the soft stuff. The lilting second theme of the first movement of Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony, the uneasy calm of the coda. The final two bars of the Poco Adagio, in which Rafael Payare decreed a portamento slide in the first violins, a gesture so retro it almost qualifies as period practice. Yes, there was much to admire in this third webcast by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra with its music director designate, recorded on Jan. 18 and made public on the evening of Feb. 2. I heard more character in the phrasing and sensed a comprehensive appreciation of the alternately volcanic and…

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Works by Prokofiev, Scriabin and Stravinsky Daniil Trifonov, piano. Mariinsky Opera Orchestra/Valery Gergiev DG 28948353323 (2 CDs) Total Time: 145:20 Someone at Deutsche Grammophon seems to think that the way to market classical music now is to give every album a title, no matter how puzzling or confusing it might be. Daniil Trifonov is a principal victim of this quirkiness. His Rachmaninoff concerto CDs bear titles like “Destinations,” “Departure” and “Arrival.” While the performances are quite good the titles are baffling. DG is at it again with this release. “Silver Age” sheds no light at all on the musical contents.…

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Ginastera: Violin Concerto. Bernstein: Serenade. Moussa: Violin Concerto (Adrano)  Andrew Wan, violin. Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Kent Nagano Analekta AN 2 8920 Total time: 76:52 Alberto Ginastera, previously known for colourfully scored evocations of Argentinian folk music, embraced serialism, microtones and aleatorism in his 1963 Violin Concerto. It’s a dark half-hour. The lengthy, brooding, opening Cadenza for solo violin “serves,” wrote Ginastera, “to introduce the basic materials of the entire concerto.” Seven percussionists play dozens of instruments in eerily quiet “night music” and angry fortissimi. The Adagio for 22 Soloists exudes struggle and anguish. The finale, Ginastera wrote, begins “at a flying…

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Triggered by the brutal death of a Black man last spring, a wave of articles about discrimination and inequity swept through blogs and newspapers over the summer. The classical music field has not been spared. One article in particular, written by New York Times chief music critic Anthony Tommasini, and titled “To make orchestras more diverse, end blind auditions,” generated much discussion within the classical music community.  Tommasini characterizes the blind audition process as a restrictive practice. He argues that removing the screen would be a crucial step toward change and help to redress racial inequities in orchestra rosters. According…

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Battleground: Brahms For 10 days in March home viewers will be able to compare the old ­upstart, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with the new kid on the block, Rafael Payare, in the same piece of music, on the same day if desired, as ­performed on the same stage. YNS launches a Brahms cycle with the Orchestre Métropolitain on March 12 (available online through March 21) with that composer’s First Symphony. This was the score with which Payare, Montreal Symphony Orchestra music director ­designate, chose to introduce himself online on Jan. 10 in the Maison ­symphonique. MSO replays are available on www.medici.tv through April 11.…

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Conductor Janna Sailor gave this speech at the Coalition for Music Education Youth4Music Leadership Symposium in Vancouver on April 1, 2017. My name is Janna Sailor, and I am the founder and artistic director of the Allegra Chamber Orchestra, an all-female ensemble dedicated to empowering women and their communities through music. 
 I am also a violinist performing with several orchestras in town, including the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, in addition to my own solo and chamber projects. This does not leave much free time, to say the least. Music has had a profound and transformative impact on me, and I…

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Like many things musical in 2021, Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques, in its 10th edition, will be a little out of the ordinary. The biennial festival organized by the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec is almost certain to offer all its programming online. Nothing unusual about that in the COVID-19 era. But unlike most undertakings linked by name with Montreal – probably unlike any – Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques will start in Vancouver. Then travel, musically, to Istanbul, Iran, Tajikistan, Japan and Bali, courtesy of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, or VICO for short. “We haven’t had a performance for a big ensemble in over a year,”…

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Established in 2014 by the Azrieli Foundation, the Azrieli Music Prizes are inspired above all by values ​​of social inclusion. They aim to reward and promote composers of all ages, all levels of experience and all origins or affiliations who, through their work, pursue a career in musical composition. Awarded once every two years at a gala concert, the prizes are divided into three categories. First, there is the Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music, which recognizes the best work in Jewish music. According to the foundation website: ­“Defining Jewish music as both deeply rooted in history and tradition and forward-moving…

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Welcome to the fourth issue of La Scena Musicale published in the midst of the pandemic. 
 Since our November/December issue, the COVID-19 lockdown in Quebec has been extended until Feb. 8. A further extension is possible. Consequently, music and arts organizations are questioning whether to continue their activities online or postpone them to a later date. We have adapted our events calendar to keep you informed of the virtual events not just in Quebec, but also across Canada. Note, most virtual events remain available for about two weeks. To stay up to date, please visit our online calendar at…

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