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How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall?

Ummm… you rent it. And that is precisely what Canadian tenor Ken Lavigne did on 22nd January. Lavigne is from Vancouver Island on the West Coast of Canada. Victoria, the island’s largest city, has metropolitan population of roughly 330,000 people…

Schubert: Piano Trio B flat major D898

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Piano Trio in B flat major D898 Allegro moderato Andante un poco mosso Scherzo: Allegro Rondo: Allegro vivace It is said that Stravinsky, when once asked if he were not put to sleep by the prolixities of…

Brahms: Piano Trio Op 8 B major [original version]

Often described as ‘autumnal’ by critics and musicologists, the Trio is melancholy and introspective, its expansive melodies rendered even more beautiful by an underlying sense of emotional agitation. Given the circumstances under which this piece was composed, the sense of unrest is even more poignant.

Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No.2 Op 66

Despite a vast gap in social class, Mendelssohn and Brahms enjoyed relatively similar upbringings. Both were born in Hamburg, were precocious pianists, and enjoyed a well-rounded education. Each of their music teachers instilled in them a love for the Viennese Classicists and both spent their teenaged years studying Bach.

Review: KWS Back To Baroque

Published in Friday’s Record Entitled Le Mozart Noir, the current instalment of the K-W Symphony’s Baroque and Beyond series focuses on the French composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1739-1799): classical music’s Jackie Robinson. Saint-Georges was born in Guadeloupe to a wealthy…

CD Review: I Furiosi – Crazy

Every so often a disc comes out that is hits the mark in so many ways, it’s difficult to know what to say about it other than you need to have it in your collection.

Review: Cellodramatic/NUMUS

In today’s Record This version has been differs somewhat from the copy that went in the paper in that now the reader has to do less work to follow my thoughts. Sometimes having a little more time to think things…

CD Review: Strange Toys

STRANGE TOYS | Talking House Records 2008 | Joan Jeanrenaud, cello; PC Munoz, producer Tracks: Sling Shot | Axis | Kaleidoscope | Transition | Tug of War | Dervish | Ink Blot | Blue Kite | Livre | Waiting |…

CD Review: Cortical Songs

Cortical Songs | NonClassical | 2008 | | BUY THE ALBUM John Matthias | Nick Ryan | Thom Yorke | Neil Grant | John Fisher | Gabriel Prokofiev | Marcas Lancaster | David Prior | John MacLean | Simon Tong…

Review: KW Symphony with Tania Miller

In today’s Record Baroque and early Classical music, that is to say music composed between roughly 1600-1800, offers many rewards to those that are willing to take the time to really get to know the repertoire. For those of us…

Review: Nota Bene Period Orchestra

In today’s Record A concert Friday night by the Nota Bene Period Orchestra was proof that the witching hour comes early on Hallowe’en and is indiscriminate in its manifestation. By 7:45pm, two men in full 18th century livery were seated…

Schubert: Symphony No.5 in B flat major D485

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Symphony No 5 in B flat major D 485 Allegro Andante con moto Menuetto: Allegro Molto – Trio Allegro Vivace In 1816, when Symphony No.5 was written, Schubert was 19 years old. He was a prodigious but…

Spine Tinglers: Maurizio

Reader Maurizio sends in his Spine Tingler: “I am not a famous artist or singer; I’m simple a civil engineer with a strong musical background. Back to 1977; a piano recital in my home town theatre, all XX century compositions;…

Review: Aviv Quartet Shostakovich Cycle

In today’s Record On the whole, Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) did not write pretty music. Tormented, terrifying, subversive and embittered, most definitely, but rarely ever pretty. His pieces are not devoid of beauty, it’s just that you have to wade through…

Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Pulcinella Suite Overture: Sinfonia Serenata Scherzino – Allegro – Andantino Tarantella Toccata Gavotta – Variation I &II Vivo Minuetto – Finale Stravinsky’s early music was essentially Russian in inspiration but around 1920, he moved onto neo-classicism, a…

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 Op 58

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Piano Concerto No 4 in G major Op. 58 Allegro moderato Andante con moto Rondo – Vivace The Fourth Piano Concerto, dedicated Beethoven’s friend, student, and patron, the Archduke Rudolph, is introverted and thoughtful; a contrast…

Béla Bartók: Music For Strings, Percussion and Celeste

Béla Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste BB114 1936 Andante tranquillo Allegro Adagio Allegro molto Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste is one of his most well known pieces along with the Concerto for Orchestra and the 6…

Gyorgy Ligeti: Romanian Concerto

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006) Romanian Concerto (1952) Andantino Allegro vivace Adagio, ma non troppo Molto vivace When he wrote this piece, Ligeti was a harmony and counterpoint professor at the Budapest Conservatory, the school from which he graduated in 1949. It…

Nico Muhly – Interview Extras

As always, most of an interview conversation doesn’t make it into the final piece but that doesn’t mean the leftovers are not worth reading. Also, for this concert, there was a repertoire change, so lots of good bits had to…

Feature: Nico Muhly – Wish You Were Here

In The Waterloo Region Record 30/09/2008 If the press murmurings are to be believed, he is a messiah: here to give classical music new life as an accessible art form that is relevant to a 21st century audience. Of course,…