Archive pour September, 2010

How a performer prepares before a concert

30 September 2010

What happens backstage, a few minutes before a performer walks into the limelight? Is he reviewing his score? Is he flippling out about a possible memory slip? An interesting behind the scenes is presented by pianist Bruce Brubaker in his blog. To read…

Lepage’s new Ring is convincing

28 September 2010

This production was awaited with much excitement by opera lovers. Ten of thousands of fans didn’t care about the rain and sat patiently for it to start in Times Square. Would Lepage’s first instalment of Wagner’s Ring convince critics and audience alike and make everyone forget the much-loved production by Otto Schenck presented to sold-out houses for the past 25 years? Well, it seems so…

Anthony Tommasini of the New York TImes‘s title is: “The New Ring is Mostly a Success” while The Guardian of London gives the new production 4 out of 5 stars. You couldn’t be in New York last night. Make sure to catch it in a movie theater near your house next weekend, October 9.

To read Tommasini’s review…

The Guardian’s…

Culture Days

26 September 2010

You always dreamed of being a fly on the wall at an orchestra rehearsal? Here is your chance to do so! This afternoon, between 3:30 and 4:30, as part of the Culture Days, the Orchestre symphonique de Laval opens its doors for you. You will be able to hear Alain Lefèvre in André Mathieu’s Concerto No. 4. Details here…

I will myself be in the audience Tuesday night. There certainly will be some febrility in the air to hear a work by the Canadian Mozart in the hall that now bears his name.

Chaconna by Ensemble Caprice

24 September 2010

Two excerpts of Ensemble Caprice’s latest album, Salsa baroque, filmed in concert, to savour here. Spicy and delicious… like the taste of salsa!

Pletnev bails out

22 September 2010

It comes as no surprise that Mihkaïl Pletnev won’t be joining the OSM next week. You may remember accusations held against him in July, as he allegedely had sexual relations with a 14-year-old prostitute in Thailand. Violinist and conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky (son of violinist Julian Sitkovetsky and pianist Bella Davidovich) will replace Pletnev on the podium. The all-Tchaikovsky program is maintained in its entirety and will give us the chance to hear pianist André Laplante in the famous Concerto No. 1.

You can hear the pianist here, in Liszt’s monumental Sonata.

How to become a composer

20 September 2010

How do you teach an aspiring composer? Once he has suffered countless hours of agony with harmony, counterpoint and orchestration classes, where can he go from there? Well, you invite a fellow composer, one with prestige, an aura… John Adams, perhaps? The visiting composer tells all in this catchy bit published on his blog a few months back, “Composition Master Class”.

You think you’ve got what it takes? Check it out here…

Robert Lepage at the MET

18 September 2010

Less than 10 days before opening night of the season at the MET, with the premiere of Das Rheingold, the first instalment in Robert Lepage’s much-anticipated production of Wagner’s Ring. All performances are sold-out already, except premiere night.

Lepage talks about the production in this video:

Analekta reveals fall’s releases

16 September 2010

It is last night, at the Analekta offices, with view on magnificent Canal Lachine, that François Mario Labbé shared information on the recordings to be released this fall on the Analekta label.

In the last few days, I already told you about the recent relases by Ensemble Caprice, the Eybler Quartet and Jane Booth as well as Jimmy Brière‘s album of piano works by three Oscar-winners composers. But there is much more to come! In the next few weeks! You’ll hear from pianist Louise Bessette‘s Spanish program, the Gryphon Trio will present the last instalment in its series devoted to Beethoven’s Piano Trios, soprano Lyne Fortin will be featured in a recital and Daniel Lichti will sing Wolf’s Italian Songbook with renowned Catherine Robbin.

Later this fall, Analekta will also reissue Pax, inspirational Gregorian chants performed by the monks of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey. And, just in time for the holidays, Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà will be featured in a Christmas album including works by Vivaldi, Sibelius, Glazounov and Dave Brubeck.

The fall will be hot!

Ten nominations at the ADISQ for Analekta

15 September 2010

Yesterday, the ADISQ announced the nominations for its next series of galas and Analekta received 10 of those, among them “Producer of the Year”, “Label of the Year” and “Internet Site of the year,” category in which the label won a Felix in 2009, following the launch of its brand new Website.

In the category “Album of the Year: Soloist and Small Ensemble”, we find André Laplante’s  interpretation of the first of Liszt’s Années de pélerinage, Concert parisien with Luc Beauséjour, Hélène Plouffe, Grégoire Geay and Juan Manuel Quintana, as well as Valérie Milot’s first album. The young harpist was Radio-Canada Musique Revelation for the year 2009-2010.

In the category “Classical album of the Year: Orchestra and Large Ensemble”, regulars of the ADISQ galas are saluted: Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà, the Ensemble Caprice as well as Alain Lefèvre, David Lefèvre and the London Mozart Players. Alain Lefèvre is also nominated in the “Album of the year – instrumental” category for Jardin d’images (Picture Garden), the pianist’s fourth album of compositions.

Also, in the category “Classical album of the year – vocal,” the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under the direction of Kent Nagano is nominated for the album Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), an album Analekta has commercialised for the Canadian market.

The ADISQ (Association de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo) will announce the names of the winners at a gala hosted by Rémi-Pierre Paquin, at Metropolis in Montreal, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. (to be broadcast on MusiquePlus, Musimax starting and on the Web at 8 p.m.) Of course, we’ll keep you updated on the results!

Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet

13 September 2010

Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581, is one of the most magnificent pieces of music ever written for the formation – one clarinet and string quartet. Composed in 1789 for Mozart’s friend, Anton Stadler, it was originally written for basset clarinet, which has an extended lower range, but has become the main fare of clarinettists today, who love its lyrical melodies, especially those of the second movement, a true stroke of genius.

It is featured on the Eybler Quartet new release, with two intriguing and appealing Quintets by Johann Backofen. Jane Booth is the featured clarinettist. She performs on a Peter van der Poel modern reconstruction of Stadler’s clarinet, based on drawings and programs from the 18th century.

You can listen and download all three works here…