Archive pour September, 2013

Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà as well as Ensemble Caprice to perform at Salle Bourgie

26 September 2013

Analekta artists will be featured two nights in a row at Salle Bourgie this weekend.

Tomorrow, Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà perform their Portraits: Adams, Glass et Pärt program, a concert scheduled originally on May 22.  “I want to explore the work of composers who are changing the world musically and intellectually,” states Angèle Dubeau. “These three composers, three icons of contemporary music, have this ability.”

The following night, on Saturday,  Ensemble Caprice, pumped up to 35 musicians, will give the first of a series of concerts devoted to Beethoven’s symphonies, performed on period instrumenets. “We are extremely excited about beginning this extensive project. Great symphonic music performed on the instruments for which it was written – this should prove to be a pleasant discovery for contemporary ears,” explains Matthias Maute. The program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, as well as Charles Ives Unanswered Question (featured on the upcoming album of Ensemble Caprice) as well as Gypsy music and works by Haydn and Maute.

Details about those two concerts can be found here…


Guy Campion left us

23 September 2013

Pianist Guy Campion left us during the night of September 18, at 56, after loosing his battle against cancer. He was incinerated Saturday in Paris, his home for the last few years, at Père Lachaise Cemetary.

Guy Campion

Through the Duo Campion-Vachon, founded with his friend pianist Mario Vachon, he was able to transmit his passion for music, especially works for piano four hands, With his partner, he recorded five albums under the Analekta label, featuring works by Satie, Schubert, Duke Ellington, an unforgettable Christmas album and the must-have Gershwin Songbook, saluted many times over for the quality of Guy Campion’s remarkable four-hands arrangments.  

Our thoughts are with his friend and collaborator, Mario Vachon, his family and friends.

To listen to him in Gerhswin’s  I’ll build you a stairway to paradise, it’s here..


Season Opening at the Opéra de Montréal

20 September 2013

Please note that the season opening of the Opéra de Montréal will take place on September 21st at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.  This season’s opening show will be Lakmé, a story of forbidden love bathed in the colours of Bollywood … a promising production with, among others, Audrey Luna and John Tessier. More shows on the 24, 26 and 28 of September. If you are interested in getting more information, follow this link:

Place des Arts turns 50

19 September 2013

Fifty years ago, on September 21, 1963, the Grande Salle – now known under the name Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier – was inaugurated. The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, under the direction that evening of Zubin Mehta and Wilfrid Pelletier (first music director of the orchestra) gave live audience and people at home (the show was broadcast live on CBC) a musical feast. Since then, more than 45 millions people attended one of the 40 000 performances that took place in one of the now 6 halls of the complex, at the very heart of the Quartier des spectacles.

A huge celebration will be held Saturday, precisely 50 years after that inaugural concert, in all six Place des Arts halls. You will be able to see Delibes’ Lakmé in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier (Opéra de Montréal), hear a concert starring James Ehnes and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal at Maison symphonique de Montréal (program which will also include the premiere of a work by composer Nicolas Gilbert, a Place des Arts birthday commission), discover the show Léo et les Presqu’ïles, a Gilles Vigneault tale at 5e Salle, listen to Québécois songs at Studio-Théâtre, take in an exceptional dance show featuring five of the most important compagnies in Quebec (Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Les Grands Ballets canadiens, les Ballets jazz de Montréal, O Vertigo and the Rubberdance Group) at Théâtre Maisonneuve or see David Ives’ play La vénus au vison at Théâtre Jean- Duceppe. 

Festivities will be held over during the Journées de la culture, next weekend, on September 27, 28 and 29, with activities for the kids (Peter and the Wolf), concerts for all, a visit backstage at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier and many more.

You can check it all out at

Yegor Dyachlov guest of honour on October 9

16 September 2013
The Productions musicales Kaléidoscope present their annual benefit concert at the Jeunesses musicales du Canada hall on Wednesday, October 9. It will feature pianist Carl-Matthieu Neher, the young winner of the Bourse Kaléidoscope 2013 and cellist Yegor Dyachkov (playing the second half of the program).
Funds for this year’s scolarship (a 1500 $ value) will be garnered at this concert. The scholarship is awarded to a young classical musician, 18 to 25, who has completed (or is completing) a post-secondary diploma in performance.
You can reserve your ticket, pledge some money and get more information about the event and the organisation at 

Ten ADISQ nominations for Analekta

12 September 2013

What great news for Analekta who got no less than 10 nominations from the ADISQ! Congratulations to all the finalists!

In the category “Classical album of the year – orchestra and big ensemble”, 3 Analekta albums are nominated:

  • Video Games Music by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà 
  • Bach: Brandenburgh Concertos, Shostakovich: Préludes Op. 87 , a project by Ensemble Caprice under Matthias Maute‘s direction
  • Stéphane Tétreault for his first album, Saint-Saëns & Tchaikovsky, with Orchestre symphonique de Québec under Fabien Gabel.

In the “Album of the year – soloist and small ensemble”, two nominees:

  • Pianist Alain Lefèvre for his recording of François Dompierre’s 24 Préludes composés par .
  • Luc Beauséjour and Clavecin en concert for Couperin: Concerts royaux 

In the “Album of the year – classical vocal”, 4  out of the 5 finalists are Analekta albums:

  • The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal abd bass-baritone Christian Gerhaher under Kent Nagano for Mahler: Orchesterlieder
  • Philippe Sly for his first album, In Dreams, with pianist Michael McMahon.
  • Countertenor Daniel Taylor, with Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal and the Theatre of Early Music forAve Maria.
  • Philippe Sly and Hélène Guilmette,  with the ensemble from Clavecin en concert led by Luc Beauséjour for Rameau : Les Amants trahis.
 In the “Arranger of the year” category: 
  • François Vallières, Gilles Ouellet, Anthony Rozankovic, Claude Lemay and Antoine Bareil for their work on Video Games Music, an Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà project. 

The ADISQ (Association québécoise de l’industri du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo) celebrates its 35th anniversary this year and will announce the winners at a gala to be held at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier on October 22 octobre at 8 p.m. (Internet broadcast plus at MusiquePlus and Musimax).


Getting to know Denis Gougeon’s music

10 September 2013

The SMCQ has recently announced that the honoured composer this season is Denis Gougeon, certainly one of our best-known Québécois composers. With an impressive catalogue of works and a commission book filled to the heaps, he is one of the very rare who do make a living with his writing, though he is also a tenured professor of composition at the Université de Montréal.

“Even though his works are comparable to the intricate mechanics of watchmaking, they always remain accessible to the public — young, older, scholars or neophytes. They demonstrate a rare and profound consideration, an intense concern for direct and immediately frank communication,” believes Walter Boudreau, the artistic director of the SMCQ.

Denis Gougeon was born in 1951, in Granby, Quebec. He taught himself how to play the guitar as a teenager and went on to study musicology and composition with Serge Garant and André Prévost.

He distinguishes himself through music that is both demanding and accessible, dynamic, energetic, and that contains rich and moving melodic cells. Denis Gougeon shuns labels, preferring to describe himself as a “knitter of sounds,” and believes that “communication is the true essence of creation” and that “the purpose of every work should be to touch somebody.”

You can find the complete list of concerts (in Montreal and elsewhere in Canada) which will include Denis Gougeon’s music this season here…

Opera cocktail at the Botanical Garden

6 September 2013

Why not end the week in style at the Botanical Garden, with cocktails and tapas on the terrace? This sounds already quite tempting, but imagine you could do so while listening to some of the most beloved operatic arias! 

This will be te case tonight and tomorrow, from 4 to 8, when singers from Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal will serenade you from 4:30 on, every hour. Frédérique Drolet, Aidan Ferguson, Jean-Michel Richer and Etienne Dupuis (season ambassador) will sing solo, duets and more, accompanied by Jennifer Szeto (today) and Claude Webster (tomorrow).

You can have details and view menu here…

Just make sure to bring a sweater since fall seems here to stay.


Back to the concert hall

3 September 2013

We must accept the fact that leasurely days spent in the sun are behind us. So many interesting concerts are programmed in the next few weeks though that it will be easier not to feel melancholy about it. Here are some you may want to pen in right away.

Next Monday, September 9, at Bain Mathieu, as part of the Escales improbables, the Ensemble Constantinople invites you to a “La nuit aux milles oreilles” (A night of a thousand ears), an homage to the Greek musician and poet Sappho. Constantinople decided to g0 for an imaginary musical reconstruction of her verse about love, desire, the female body, marriage, exile, Aphrodite and Eros. Improvisations and compositions for Persian instruments (setar, santûr, tombak), viola d’amore, bass clarinet and percussion will also be included.

Under its music director, Kent Nagano, the OSM starts its 80th season with a bang on September 12, 15 and 17, with Berlioz’ Damnation de Faust. The soloists include Anna Caterina Antonacci as Marguerite, Michael Schade as Faust and Philippe Sly, the great winner of the MIMC 2012 edition, as Mephistopheles.  If you like unexpected mixes, you may as well be temptedl by the October 26 program, juxtaposing Beethoven’s ever popular Fifth and Frank Zappa’s Bogus Pomp.

The OSQ opens its season the same day as the OSM (September 12) with a German program, under Fabien Gabel’s direction, which includes works by Beethoven (his Third Piano Concerto with Emanuel Ax) and Brahms. 

The Palais Montcalm has become the proud owner of a brand new Casavant concert organ. The instrument will be inaugurated by Richard Paré, founding member of the Violons du Roy, as the grand opener of the orchestra’s 30th season, on October 4.

Also celebrating its 30th season, conceived as an homage to founder Yuli Turovsky, I Musici de Montréal and his music director Jean-Marie Zeitouni offer an exciting program centered around the theme of the night on November 1.