Browsing: Classical Music

Since its founding in 1998, Trio Fibonacci has garnered an outstanding reputation both in Montreal and abroad. It remains one of the few trios to have distinguished themselves internationally for precise, virtuoso performances and eclectic repertoire. Though focused on contemporary music and new music, the trio also explores the vast range of classical and romantic music with brio and passion. It is with these twin repertoires in mind that Trio Fibonacci presents its 2019-20 season in Bourgie Hall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. “This season, each concert will have its own special atmosphere, journeying through different styles,” explains…

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Hungarian music is part of my heritage,” says Sebastian Haboczki, a former member of the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. “The music and the rhythms have been part of my being, part of my essence, since I was born.” Not that you have to be Hungarian to enjoy the Music of Hungary concert given by this tenor on Oct. 5 at St. James United Church, with soprano Melissa McCann, violinist István Lakatos and pianist Paul Digout. The nation has always travelled well, musically and otherwise. Repertoire is primarily vocal and possibly unfamiliar to those who have not, like Haboczki,…

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Banff, ALTA. – The Romantic round is over at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Each of 10 contenders played their choice of quartets by composers such as Mendelssohn, Ravel, Debussy, Dvořák and Brahms. The results, I would say, were generally helpful for all 10 groups. The few that I’ve enjoyed the most so far added to my favourable impression. The Viano Quartet played Debussy’s only string quartet, with Hao Zhou on first violin. They displayed their control of dynamic subtlety and the ethereal features of impressionistic writing. The piece also showed how in synch the two violinists (Lucy Wang…

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Polarized Views on Domingo A lengthy Associated Press report on the alleged inappropriate behaviour of Plácido Domingo has divided music lovers. Supporters of the general director of the Los Angeles Opera point out that he took no for an answer – eventually – when approaching potential paramours. Others contend that his conduct constituted harassment. The story by Jocelyn Gecker claimed that seven of nine performers interviewed felt that their careers were “adversely impacted” by their non-cooperation. Two said they accepted his advances. The only accuser who let her name be used, retired mezzo-soprano Patricia Wulf, subsequently told NPR: “I didn’t…

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BANFF, ALTA. – The 13th triennial Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) began Aug. 26 with 10 contenders over two days performing one Haydn quartet from a prescribed list and one quartet written after 1905. The Haydn component gives a nod to the father of the string quartet form. Hearing one of Haydn’s musically varied works contrasted with a piece by Ligeti or Bartók (two of the go-to 20th-century composers the competitors usually select) makes for an audience experience that closely resembles an actual concert rather than the opening salvo in a battle to win the approval of the BISQC…

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Toronto – Sinfonia Toronto announced detailed plans for its upcoming tour of China. Music Director Nurhan Arman and the orchestra will perform ten concerts in China from September 18 to October 7, 2019.  The tour is the orchestra’s fifth international tour. The orchestra has toured in Germany (2008), Spain (2010), the US (2015) and South America (2018 – Peru, Argentina and Uruguay). Sinfonia Toronto will perform on the main concert series in each of ten cities. The first concert will take place on September 20 in Taiyuan. From there the orchestra will continue to Baotou, Erdos, Foshan, Shenzhen, Yangzhou, Jinan,…

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Colorful and intensely passionate: a grand concert will mark the beginning of the season next September 7 Montreal, august 19 2019 – To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the chamber music ensemble Musica Camerata Montréal will offer four memorable evenings between September 2019 and May 2020. These exceptional events will take place at 6 PM at La Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, located at 100 Sherbrooke East in Montreal. To open the season the well renowned group – hailed as one of Canada’s foremost chamber music ensembles in the country – will present on September 7th a program featuring the clarinet…

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The anniversary year of Hans Pfitzner (1869-1949) is marked by the re-emergence of a piano concerto that he wrote at the height of his fame. Pfitzner, acclaimed for his 1917 opera Palestrina, delivered the concerto in 1923, with Walter Gieseking as soloist. If Palestrina echoes Wagner’s Meistersinger, the concerto nods repeatedly in the direction of Brahms’s B-flat – and the nodding is done mostly by the listener. Pfitzner’s fallen reputation is sometimes ascribed to his gruesome flirtation with the Nazis but this concerto suggests something more organically at fault. Each of four movements is introduced by a promising idea, which…

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Summer in Montreal has many reliable musical highlights. Among the less-written-about is the annual concert in the Maison symphonique by the Orchestre de la Francophonie under its founding music director, Jean-Philippe Tremblay. The instalment on Wednesday kept the streak alive. The big item was Bruckner’s Sixth, no less a symphony than those that precede and follow it. This performance by the international ensemble of young adults (comprising both francophones and those who wish they were) was grand in overall concept and vibrant in bar-by-bar execution. It would be hard to imagine a truer expression of Bruckner’s lofty brand of romanticism…

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August 12 – 18, 2019 Temerty Theatre, Royal Conservatory’s TELUS Centre for Performance and Leadership For Immediate Release             July 30, 2019 Eight professional vocalists interpret the poems of Oleksandr Oles with art songs by four composers at the third annual Ukrainian Art Song Summer Institute Toronto, ON – The Ukrainian Art Song Project announced that the third annual Summer Institute will focus on the theme of Muse, with eight professional vocalists interpreting the poems of Oleksandr Oles, with art songs by Ukrainian composers: Myroslav Volynsky, Mykola Lysenko, Yakiv Steopovyi, and Marko Kropyvnytskyi. The Art Song Summer Institute opens on Monday,…

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