Archive pour December, 2010

Ensemble Caprice

31 December 2010

Some Telemann’s polonaises performed by Ensemble Caprice to end the year on the right note?

Geneviève Soly and Graupner

30 December 2010

The year 2010 was an anniversary one for Graupner. Who better than harpischordist Geneviève Soly to remind us of this?

Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

29 December 2010

Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà in one of my favourite works by Philip Glass, the overture to La Belle et la bête, an excerpt from the Portrait album.

Alain Lefèvre and André Mathieu

28 December 2010

The year 2010 has been decisive for André Mathieu’s recognition as a composer, with the publication of a thorough biography and the launch of the film The Child Prodigy. Alain Lefèvre performs the Fourth Piano Concerto of the “Canadian Mozart”.

Louise Bessette and Scelsi

27 December 2010

An hypnotic work, performed by pianist Louise Bessette.

What Child is this?

26 December 2010

Perhaps the most eternal of English songs…

Pavarotti and the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal

25 December 2010

A definite classic for this most classic of days. Merry Christmas!

The Twelve Days of Christmas

24 December 2010

Of course, you know the traditional songThe Twelve Days of Christmas. As an echo if you wish, I’m inviting you to discover – or rediscover -, 12 music videos by Canadian artists, from today until January 5. Happy holidays!

My first choice: Rameau’s Le rappel des oiseaux de Rameau (after all, there are quite a few birds in the original song), performed by Luc Beauséjour.

Happy birthdays…

22 December 2010

December 22 is a rather packed day, as far as musical anniversaries are concerned. Indeed, Carl Friedrich Abel was born on December 22, 1723,  Giovanni Bottesini, the king of of double-bass himself in 1821, Maria Teresa Carreno in 1853, Giacomo Puccini in 1858 (Ah! the aria “Quando me n’ vo’” from La Bohème!), Franz Schmidt in 1874 and  Edgar Varèse in 1883.

We should not forget either the premiere of one of classical repertoire all-time hits, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Yes, indeed, it was on December 22, 1808, that for the very first time, music lovers heard the famous pa-pa-pa-pam…

You can listen to it here with the Orchestre de la Francophonie under Jean-Philippe Tremblay.

To start the week with a smile

20 December 2010

But what does a virtuoso really understand when he reads those italian terms at the beginning of a score? Here are two delicious sets of drawings to demonstrate it with eloquence. (Click on the images to see the details.)