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Beethoven’s first self-promoted concert in Vienna in April 1800 contained works by Mozart and Haydn alongside his own first symphony, piano concerto and a septet, opus 20, that was the hit of the night. On the notion that nothing succeeds like success, Beethoven sold his publisher an additional version of the septet, scaled down to a trio for clarinet (or violin), cello and piano and registered as his opus 38. Contrary to expectations, it never matched the popularity of the septet, then or since. I cannot recall a really gripping recording. This performance, by Alexander Bedenko, Kyril Zlotnikov and Itamar…

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THE 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF DISTANT HARMONY: PAVAROTTI IN CHINA ACADEMY-AWARD WINNING FILMMAKER DeWITT SAGE’S ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY ABOUT OPERA STAR LUCIANO PAVAROTTI, IS NOW AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE FROM GIANT PICTURES Experience every moment of Luciano Pavarotti’s 1986 travels to Beijing. Los Angeles, CA – (September 10, 2019) – The 30th Anniversary Edition of director DeWitt Sage’s award-winning feature documentary Distant Harmony: Pavarotti in China is now available from Giant Pictures, the digital film distribution division of Giant Interactive, on digital platforms worldwide & DVD. Direct trailer link: https://youtu.be/Q1sPNHNntaA In 1986, Luciano Pavarotti was invited to Beijing to present La Bohème, conduct…

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Cellist Matthew Christakos has won the 2019 Michael Measures First Prize, a prestigious award which recognizes promising young Canadian classical music performers enrolled in the summer training program of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Moreover, the 19-year-old has won several first prizes at the Kiwanis Festival of Greater Toronto, placing second overall in the Ontario strings category. Christakos owes this recognition to the many teachers who guided him, combined with his parents’ ongoing support. He studied with former Toronto Symphony Orchestra associate principal cellist David Hetherington at the Royal Conservatory’s Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists.…

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Just when everyone has given up on concept albums, up pops Pat Kop with a really interesting concept, one that – being Pat Kop – is strictly inimitable. The title hints at vague cosmic fusions between great faiths, but the material the great violinist assembles is pertinent, unusual and brilliantly played. She starts with the Jewish Yom Kippur invocation of Kol Nidrei – not the overworked Bruch, nor even the Schoenberg, but a deep, dark, treasurable meditation by the New York composer, John Zorn, that I had never heard before. She follows that with three voices singing the post-Sabbath hymn…

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The Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil (OSDL) is preparing to enter a new era under the baton of Alexandre Da Costa, the unconvnetional 39-year-old artist taking over from Marc David, who conducted this musical institution con brio for 25 years. Da Costa promises a “symphonic turn” with the 2019-20 program, which comprises musical experiences that attempt fusions of classical music and expressions that are clearly in tune with the times. “It’s a great responsibility, but it’s also a great opportunity for me to open up the OSDL’s program to something that reflects me the most,” said Alexandre Da Costa, perfectly aware…

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Les Sons et les Parfums Music by Tailleferre, Fauré, Poulenc, Chabrier, Debussy and Ravel. Janina Fialkowska, piano ATMA Classique ACD2 2766 Total Time: 56:11 ***** (5 stars) Montreal-born and internationally celebrated pianist Janina Fialkowska has recorded 13 CDs for ATMA Classique but none better than this one. This carefully selected survey of French piano music ranges from Fauré’s Nocturne Op. 36 No. 4 in E flat major to Ravel’s Jeux d’eau and Sonatine. Fialkowska plays everything with a sure sense of style. The first four pieces, by Tailleferre, Fauré, Poulenc and Chabrier, are beautifully crafted salon miniatures. Each demonstrates how…

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Il doit être une heure, on vient de faire un spectacle à Dunham chez l’ami André et après, on fait de la musique dans le salon et ça, c’est le visage du bonheur, de la douceur, de la bonté… Cœur flamboyant qui s’est éteint, cœur aimant qu’on aimait bien. Pensées pour Renée, les enfants, les petits-enfants… Et pour tout ceux qui sont en deuil aujourd’hui. Salut, Jos ! – Étienne Dupuis It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of a great singer, visionary and philanthropist. Joseph was an inspiration to me, as he was to so…

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by Wah Keung Chan April 1st 2015 It’s been a tough year for Joseph Rouleau. Health problems had sidelined the renowned 86-year-old Canadian bass since last September when he retired after 25 years as the president of the board of the Jeunesses Musicales Canada (JMC). But he’s better now. Although his international singing career is well documented, Rouleau’s accomplishments in arts administration are equally stellar. In 1976, while still based in London, he founded the Movement d’action pour l’art lyrique du Quebec (MAALQ) with 10 others, including Robert Savoie and Pierre Roland, with three objectives: to create an opera company…

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by Wah Keung Chan February 1st 2009 Upon hearing the profoundly resonant voice of Canadian bass Joseph Rouleau, it’s hard to believe he is turning 80 on Feb. 28, 2009. His speaking voice envelops the room, and his singing voice is still going strong. In celebration of his birthday, he will perform two concerts with the Quebec Symphony featuring songs of Félix Leclerc on Feb. 26 and 27. Rouleau is arguably Canada’s all-time top bass. With a career in the world’s great opera houses and with the world’s greatest singers, it comes as a further surprise when he attributes luck…

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La Scena Musicale is pleased to announce that its annual Arts Resource Guide is finally here for the 11th year in a row. The resource guide, which is the only one of its kind in Quebec, is an excellent source of information for the province’s music lovers, and for arts students and their parents. This year, the guide will continue its user friendly digest format. A total of 25,000 copies will be distributed in the Montreal Area. Readers will find essential information on music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts in this bilingual directory, which will include both regional and…

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