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Renée Fleming: **** Yannick Nézet-Séguin: ** Good to hear that America’s prime diva is not going gentle into that good night. Past 60 and no longer taking operatic roles, she sings out full and flamboyant in this set of nature-themed songs that came together during her daily walks in the Covid lockdown. Everything you’d expect from a Fleming recital is here – the effortless highs, the velvety lows, the flawless intonation, the jumbled syllables in several tongues. Her choice of songs is, to say the least, eclectic. A smoochy opening track called ‘Evening’ by Kevin Puts could be mistaken in…

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MONTRÉAL, Sept. 23, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – Thanks to financial support provided by the City of Montréal, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival has assembled an exceptional program of concerts that will bring together 15 of the more accomplished music program graduates from McGill University, l’Université de Montréal and Le Conservatoire de musique du Québec. The concerts will be presented under the title: “Les Jeunes Virtuoses de Montréal”. From the 23rd of September to the 23rd of October, 22 performances will be staged, free of charge, in iconic downtown Montréal venues such as the Oasis of the St. James United Church, Christ…

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Romantic cello. Œuvres de Brahms, Gustav Jenner et Schumann Thomas Chartré, cello. Serhiy Salov, piano KNS Classical ★★★★✩ Gustav Jenner (1865-1920) enjoys the interesting distinction of being the only composition student of his fellow north German, Johannes Brahms. The connection certainly shows in Jenner’s Cello Sonata, a score of 1901 that seeks to emulate the master in its carefully worked-out complexity and heartfelt melodic flow. If the striving after craftsmanship seems a little appliqué in the finale, with its ample post-cadential epilogue of more than two minutes, the serious aims are nonetheless appreciated. Université de Montréal doctoral candidate Thomas Chartré…

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Chopin : Préludes Op. 28; Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante Op. 22 Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano Analekta AN 2 9146 ★★★✩✩ Several months after praising his Mozart concertos to the skies, I must register some disappointment with Charles Richard-Hamelin’s most recent outing on the Analekta label. Chopin’s Préludes Op. 28 – monumental in their entirety, fascinating in their fragmentary parts – require a more individual outlook than this. The opening C Major prelude (marked Agitato) sounds nondescript and several others are stripped of their “molto” and “assai” modifiers. The little ballet that is No. 7 in A Major seems to lurch to…

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Rossini: Sei Sonate a quattro Mark Fewer, Yolanda Bruno, violins. Julian Schwarz, cello. Joel Quarrington, double bass. Leaf Music LM240 (Two CDs) ★★★★✩ Rossini is not often counted among the great prodigies, but the six Sonate a quattro, written in the summer of 1804, when the composer was 12, offer ample evidence of his precocity. Scored for two violins, cello and double bass, they are distinguished not only by balanced phrasing and appropriate modulation, but a proto-operatic sense of fun and drama. The so-called Andante of No. 3 scans as the introduction of a stageworthy scena for a star soloist…

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Montréal, September 22, 2021 – The Orchestre classique de Montréal (OCM) is proud to announce a new collaboration with Haitian-Canadian composer David Bontemps, with the creation of a new chamber opera, La Flambeau. The world premiere will take place in February 2023 during Black History Month and will be premiered in Montreal and Hamilton, as part of the BrottOpera under the direction of Boris Brott. Composed at the onset of the pandemic, this is David Bontemps’ first opera. The music combines a string orchestra with percussion and vocals to present a story rooted in powerful, topical themes: women’s rights, respect of…

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SEASON GALA: FOLLIES IN CONCERT starting Cynthia Dale, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Eric McCormack, Marcus Nance with Ben Heppner, Roger Honeywell, Jackie Richardson, and more! Andrei Feher conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra Dover Quartet with Davóne Tines Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica: From Bach to Piazzolla Music on Film series starts at Hot Docs with Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened and Strings Attached The Royal Conservatory of Music is thrilled to open its doors to audiences for the first time since last year, when it managed to offer a few concerts at the very beginning of the season. Over…

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Montreal, September 21, 2021 – The Orchestre Métropolitain (OM) and Sophie Desmarais, honorary patron of both the Fondation Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais and the OM, are joining together to produce a tribute concert for health care workers. The concert will be performed on Saturday, September 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maison symphonique de Montréal. Taking “caring” as its theme, the event spotlights the unflagging commitment and dedication of the health care and social services personnel who, for more than 18 months now, have worked so hard and provided so much assistance to Quebecers dealing with an unprecedented health crisis. In recent…

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HONG KONG – As a follow-up concert to the 48th season opener, which featured Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, Jaap Van Zweden on Sept. 10 led the Hong Kong Philharmonic in a rousing and varied evening of musical contrasts. The program at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre began with the mournful and meditative Asian premiere of British composer Anna Clyne’s Within her Arms,  a study in loss and memory occasioned by the passing of her mother but richly evocative in the present moment as a reflection on the losses and absences of the pandemic years. The semicircular arrangement of 15 standing strings hearkened back…

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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company is inviting audiences to three new mainstage productions at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, as part of its 2021/2022 season offerings: Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, and The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. “Through our digital fall, it’s been wonderful to be able to support artists, creators, and technicians in returning to the stage and sharing their talents with audiences from coast to coast to coast,” says COC General Director Perryn Leech. “Today, we’re delighted to announce even more ways to access the very best in…

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