Browsing: Classical Music

By Frank CadenheadNo serious opera fan should miss the astounding Robert Lepage production of Stravinsky’s “Rossignol et autres fables,” which is available for a limited time for free streaming on Arte Live Web. It is the same production that received rave reviews in October of last year at the COC. Seen as the triumph ofthe Aix-en-Provence Festival and hailed in the European press as a highlight of the operatic year, the American press and public seem unconcerned and unaware of this even though the same director is to stage the new Wagner Ring Cycle at the Metropolitan Opera.Recorded from the July 7 performance at the Grand Théâtre de Provence, it has the…

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by Paul E. RobinsonSUMMER FESTIVALS 2010Bravo! Vail Valley Music FestivalImagine a music festival that features three of the world’s top orchestras in successive week-long residencies. Throw into the mix the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Gil Shaham. Shake things up with some of the best conductors at work today: Jaap van Zweden, Alan Gilbert, Charles Dutoit, and Marin Alsop. And don’t forget to add lots of chamber music. Set all this talent up in one of the most spectacular mountain locations you can think of – say, Vail, Colorado – and run your festival for about six weeks.…

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Conductor Agnes Grossmann (Photo courtesy of TSMF)Summer has traditionally been a quiet time musically in Toronto, with the opera, symphony and ballet all in hiatus. The little bit that were available – like the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Ontario Place and the Canadian Opera Company’s Altamira Harbourfront Concerts, have long been consigned to history. Music-starved Torontonians, myself included, have had to venture out of town for our musical fix, to places like Elora, Parry Sound, Campbellford, Sharon, Niagara for example. While many of us continue to do that, those who would rather stay in town can still experience great music…

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LA ROULOTTE AU PAYS DU MAGICIEN D’OZ THÉÂTRE LA ROULOTTEDU 30 JUIN AU 24 AOÛT Saviez-vous que le Théâtre La Roulotte a été fondé en 1953 par Paul Buissonneau, à la demande de la Ville de Montréal, dans l’objectif d’initier les jeunes aux joies du théâtre à la belle saison et dans les parcs de la ville? Devenue une tradition respectée, la Roulotte offre de plus aux finissants de l’École nationale de théâtre – comédiens, décorateurs ou professionnels de la production – l’occasion de se mesurer une première fois au milieu professionnel. Il faut surtout savoir que le Théâtre La…

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By Frank Cadenhead Wagner as compelling dramatist? Who knew? The wordy, inflated and repetitive tales we are so accustomed to were nowhere to be seen in the new and revelatory production by Richard Jones of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürenburg with Cardiff’s Welsh National Opera. This Meistersinger boasted an enjoyable cast that would be envied in Vienna, New York, Berlin, London or Paris, led by the grand Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel as Hans Sachs. Terfel only seems to grow as an artist. After his definitive Don Giovanni at the Verbier Festival last July, his Hans Sachs could be a model…

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by Paul E. RobinsonSummer FestivalsRound Top Festival Institute, 2010Never underestimate the dreams of a concert pianist – especially those of an adopted son of Texas! Van Cliburn, you say? Yes, he had an impossible dream and realized it when he won the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958, but there is another, lesser-known, Texas pianist who dreamed big and succeeded; James Dick, who was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, attended the University of Texas, and has lived in Texas ever since, built his own concert hall and music festival, in one of the least likely places – Round Top,…

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by Paul E. RobinsonI try to get to Dallas as often as I can to bask in the glory of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, one of the world’s great concert halls. After listening to concerts in other venues, it is always a shock to experience the Meyerson. To hear every instrument in the orchestra as it was meant to be heard, and to hear the perfectly blended sound of a fine orchestra, with a presence that is palpable, is satisfaction beyond words. Simply put, as the saying goes: “You had to be there!”Of course, the Meyerson is simply…

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Photo : Gunther Gampe9e Édition du concours musical international de montréal (CMIM)Débutée le 25 mai avec les épreuves quart de finale et demi-finale, l’édition Violon 2010 du CMIM se poursuit les 1er et 2 juin au Théâtre Maisonneuve. L’Orchestre Métropolitain sera dirigé par Jean-Philippe Tremblay. Le programme de l’épreuve finale consiste à interpréter un concerto en entier tiré de la liste officielle du Concours. C’est à l’issue de cette épreuve que le président du jury proclamera les lauréats qui se partageront plus de 150 000 $, dont un Premier Prix de 30 000 $, un programme de développement de carrière…

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by Paul E. RobinsonThe 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death is in 2011, but conductors and orchestras are already programming his music at every opportunity – Symphony No. 2 with Jaap van Zweden in Dallas at the end of May, for example; and more recently, Symphony No. 1 with Peter Bay leading the Austin Symphony.Mahler’s Long Lost Blumine Blossoms on its OwnMaestro Bay opened the evening’s programme with Blumine, which began its life as part of the Symphony No. 1 until Mahler decided it didn’t belong there after all.At the first three performances of the Symphony No. 1 in the 19th…

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by Paul E. RobinsonBach’s St. Matthew Passion is one of the great masterpieces of Christian music; its music is sublime and inspiring, and its structure is one of its great strengths. Crowd reaction to Christ’s suffering is built into the telling of the story, and chorales in which the congregation is expected to participate, are also integral to the piece. A few years ago, American composer David Lang appropriated this structure as the inspiration for a work of his own, The Little Match Girl Passion, based on the well-known story by Hans Christian Andersen. Conspirare’s superb Company of Voices recently…

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