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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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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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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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Jaap Nico Hamburger has been named Mécénat Musica’s Composer in Residence 2019-2020. Jaap is in a unique position to bring Canadian culture to the world stage with his opera, “Goldwasser”. Jaap’s compositions include symphonies, solo concertos, chamber music works, and commissions from Discovery Channel, Rex Video London UK, Turning Point Ensemble, and Dutch Television. Since 2012, Jaap is a Canadian Music Centre Associate Composer. Mécénat Musica has had a Composer in Residence program since 2014. Mécénat Musica Compositions’ scores and notes are provided to emerging Montreal, Québec, and Canadian artists, without royalties, in perpetuity. Outgoing Mécénat Musica Composer in Residence…

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A great artist in the service of autism and intellectual disability Montréal, le 19 juin 2019 – The acclaimed pianist Alain Lefèvre will unveil his new compositions at a concert for the benefit of Les Foyers de la Création. This event will be held under the honorary chairmanship of Isabelle Brais, First Lady of Quebec.  The event will take place on Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 pm at Saint-Pierre Claver Church (2000 Saint-Joseph Boulevard East, Montreal). Les Foyers de la Création is a permanent shelter and respite center working with adults with autism and intellectual disabilities.  Since its founding in…

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The OSM has seen its share of notable guest conductors over the decades. Now the list includes Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony since 1995. His appearance on May 22 in the Maison symphonique marked his Montreal debut. He made it count for something. Not that Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra is the likeliest vehicle for the expression of podium personality. As its title implies, this score is made of multiple parts that need to be coordinated. A lean and athletic figure at 75, Tilson Thomas accomplished the technical element of task with an economical baton style…

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4-21 May 2019, Beijing First China International Music Competition announces Semi-finalist Jury choose the 12 international pianists who will progress to the next round  Audiences around the world can follow the progress of competitors and performances of the very highest standard via live-streaming on Amadeus.tv and Youku.com Full details of events and competitors available at http://www.cimcompetition.org/ Watch announcement of Semi-Finalists here The first China International Music Competition – newly created by the China Conservatory of Music and Global Music Education League with 20 pianists between the ages of 17 and 28 from all over the world competing for unprecedented prize…

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TORONTO, April 11, 2019 – Piano Six – New Generation will begin its first season of touring starting May 6, 2019 with visits to Rainy River and Fort Frances in Ontario; Fort Nelson and Fort St. John in British Columbia; and Slave Lake in Alberta.  Details for the Fall/Winter Tour schedule will be announced later this year. Led by Artistic Director Daniel Wnukowski, the organization follows the mission of the original Piano Six initiative (1994-2010) to bring high-quality classical music to small and remote communities in Canada currently without access to live classical performances.  Wnukowski has joined forces with Canadian…

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After almost four years, a major project has come to fruition with the release of Chopin’s two Piano Concertos as played by Charles Richard-Hamelin and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under Kent Nagano. “It’s one of the five best recordings that Analekta has ever produced,” exclaims the label’s president, François-Mario Labbé. Almost 32 years after the record company’s establishment, this landmark recording reminds the wide world of the excellence of musicians from Quebec. “After Charles Richard-Hamelin’s win at the 2015 Chopin Competition, I thought of recording those concertos and brought it up with Kent Nagano, who was immediately interested,” Labbé…

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