Archive pour la catégorie ‘News from our artists’

An Analekta album showcased in Brussels

9 December 2014

I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Brussels last week and to visit the exceptional Museum of Musical Instruments, first item on my to-do list! In this wonderful space (an old department store), I was able to learn more about the history of the saxophone and other instruments associated with Adolphe Sax, to discover magnificent instruments from the past centuries, others from various parts of the world and other considered “mecanical” (mecanical piano, organ grinder, theremin, Ondes Martenot, etc.)

MIM, Brussels
Impossible for me to skip the visit to the museum’s boutique after the couple of hours I spent at the museum (a great system grants you the chance to listen to several of the instruments you can see in the museum). What a nice surprise to find in the featured CDs the Franck, Lekeu (both from Belgium) and Mathieu album from brothers Alain and David Lefèvre! Yet another proof that music travels well and that our Canadian artists are recognised abroad as much as here!
seen at the museum shop

Angèle Dubeau to perform at the ADISQ gala

14 October 2014

Angèle Dubeau will perform at the upcoming Gala de l’ADISQ on Octobre 26, at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. (The event will be broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada Télé from 7:30 p.m. on.) She will be the only classical artist to play that evening, with the likes of Alex Nevsky, Vincent Vallières, Lisa LeBlanc,Half Moon Run, Koriass, Patrice Michaud, Brigitte Boisjoli, Misteur Valaire and the Revelations of the Year.

This 36th edition of the gala will be hosted by Louis-José Houde who will write his texts with the collaboration of François Avard. David Laflèche will act as music director for the evening.

Let’s not forget as well that eight Analekta are nominated for a Félix, in the categories “Classical album of the Year – orchestra and big ensemble”, “Album of the Year – Classical/Vocal”, “Album of the Year – Instrumental” and “Anthology of the Year”. Those prizes will be awarded at the Autre Gala on October 22, 8 p.m, also held at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.


Celebrate International Music Day tomorrow!

30 September 2014

Each year, on October 1st, the UNESCO celebrates the important role music plays in our democratic world with International Music Day. Even though, it is much less celebrated than Music Day in the world, it remains one of the important legacies of violonist Yehudi Menuhin, without a double a true giant of the 20th century, close friend of Wilhelm Furtwängler, who passed away in 1999. He initiated International Music Fay in 1975, when he was president of the International Music Council. The day is intended for music lovers and musicians to think about the role music plays in the democratic world and to promote UNESCO’s values.

You might want to celebrate that day while listening to The Heart’s RefugeDaniel Taylor with the Theater of Early Music and the Schola Cantorum‘s latest album. In just a few short weeks since its launch on September 9, the album went to the top of Canada’s Soundscan in the classical music category, a rare accomplishment for a recording of sacred music!

You can listen to it or download it here…


Bernard Labadie must cancel concerts

11 June 2014

We were saddenend to read that the Violons du Roy‘s founding director Bernard Labadie decided to cancel all of his remaining engagements for 2014, here and abroad.  According to an official statement, Mr Labadie has been receiving treatment for a serious health condition in Germany and will be returning to Quebec shortly for convalescence.  

We wish him a speedy and complete recovery.  

A summer of festivals

23 May 2014

Nice weather grants us permission to dream about summer and to think on which festivals we’ll visit when. Here are a few suggestions to pen in your agenda.

Festival de Lanaudière

The opening of the festival on July 8 will not be a spectacular extravaganza, but instead will feature pianist/ambassador Alain Lefèvre (who will also perform Gershwin at the Montreal International Jazz Festival with the OSM on June 26 and 27) in a recital featuring works of Haydn, Rachmaninov, Chopin and Ravel (L’Assomption’s Church).

Young cellist Stéphane Tétreault will join violist Brian Bacon and the Festival Orchestra on July 12, under Jean-Marie Zeitouni in Strauss’ Don Quixote.

On July 25, the MIMC 2011 winner, Italian pianist Beatrice Rana will perform Bach, Chopin and Prokofiev.

On August 2 and 3, Berlin’s Deutsche kammerphilarmonie under Paavo Järvi makes a return in programs around Brahms’ symphonies.

On August 8 and 9,  the OSM and Kent Nagano will give two concerts, one featuring Debussy and Ravel, the other Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony.

Festival Orford

On August 3, violinist Yolande Bruno, winner of the Grand Prize of the 2013 OSM Standard Life Competition will perform Mozart’s Fifth Concerto with the Academy Orchestra under Jean-François Rivest.

On August 8, pianist Serhiy Salov, just crowned the first winner of the Richard Lupien Improvisation Prize, will play Bach, Beethoven, Stravinski, Ravel, and Tim Brady, composer in residence this season.

On August 15, the MIMC laureate Stephen Waarts will be in recital.

Several open to the public master classes are on the schedule, including one by André Laplante, on June 23, the first of the series.

Domaine Forget

On June 22, contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux becomes a jazz singer, but also sings exceprts from Lettres de madame Roy à sa fille Gabrielle (André Gagnon/Michel Tremblay).

On July 26, I Musici de Montréal will be joined by violonist Vadim Gluzman.

The Orchestre symphonique de Québec will give a concert on August 2 and the Orchestre de la Francophonie the next day.

Winner of the MIMC 2013 edition, violinist Marc Bouchkov will be in recital on August 9 and les Violons du Roy and pianist Benedetto Lupo will close the festival’s season on August 24.

The OSM plays Mahler in Vienna

18 March 2014

There is no doubt about it: playing Mahler in Vienna at the Konzerhaus can bring chills to any professional musician’s spine! This is what the OSM had the privilege to do last night, as it performed Mahler’s Seventh Symphony under Kent Nagano’s direction. The concert was recorded by Medici. tv and can be viewed here for free if you missed it yesterday.

André Moisan and Paul Merkelo, two musicians of the orchstra, decided to get themselves ready for the concert in a slightly different manner than usual and they took the opportunity to visit the composer’s summer home, where the Fottinger family now lives. It is just a few hundreds meters from there, on the other side of the lake actually, that Mahler is said to have heard in his head the famous horn solo featured in the Third Symphony. Paul Merkelo, the OSM Principal Trumpet, couldn’t resist the place and played a few instants for some very lucky visitors.

The OSM on European tour

10 March 2014

From March 11 to 25, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, under Kent Nagano’s direction, is on an 11-concerts tour in 9 cities in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Spain. The tour will kick off in Switzerland with a concert in Zurich (Tonhalle) tomorrow night, then in Bern (Kulturcasino) on March 12 and in Geneva (Victoria Hall) on March 13. The OSM will then visit Austria, with two concerts at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, on March 16 and 17 (this one, featuring Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, will be broadcast live by, before traveling to Spain for two concerts in Madrid, on March 19 and 20 (Auditorio Nacional de Música). The tour will conclude in Germany with a concert in Cologne (Köln Philharmonie) on March 23 followed by a performance in Essen (Essen Philharmonie) on March 24 and a final concert in Munich (Philharmonie im Gasteig) on March 25. This is the OSM’s 11th European tour in its history.

Just before it left on tour, the OSM took time to launch its latest album Beethoven, featuring the First and Seventh Symphonies, recorded live. You can listen to and download the album here…

Don’t miss a beat and follow the OSM on its tour blog here…


The OSM unveils its 81st season

4 March 2014

It was yesterday that, in the Allegro Foyer of the Maison symphonique de Montréal that the OSM Music Director Kent Nagano unveiled the 81st season of the orchestra. It features several extravaganzas, including the concert version of the rarely performed L’Aiglon (with music by Honegger and Ibert), to be recorded, and that of the first act of Wagner’s Die Walküre to close off the season, the presence of Philip Glass, the return of Zubin Mehta (one of the previous OSM music directors) in Mahler’s Third (benefit concert) and the presence of two artists in residence: Maxim Vengerov and Lang Lang.

The 2014-2015 OSM season also features concerts by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà (around the music of the album Blanc), the National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra (from China), the Toronto Symphony and the Ottawa National Arts Centre Orchestra.

The gigantic list of soloists include some Analekta artists: baritone Philippe Sly (in two programs), soprano Marianne Fiset, pianists Alain Lefèvre (Ravel’s Concerto) and André Laplante (Grieg’s Concerto), harsichordist and organist Luc Beauséjour as well as Andrew Wan, concertmeister of the OSM (Saint-Saëns’ three Violin Concertos, as part of a recording project).

You can view the brochure online here…

On peut consulter la brochure en ligne ici…


André Mathieu in Carnegie Hall once more tomorrow

9 December 2013

Thanks to pianist Alain Lefèvre, André Mathieu’s music will once more be heard in New York at the Carnegie Hall tomorrow night, as part of a double bill featuring the repeat performance, 70 years later of  the Concertino No. 2, which was performed by the New York Philharmonic and Mathieu in 1942 in the mythical hall, as well as the New York premiere of his Concerto No. 4. The pianist will be joined for those two pieces by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, led by JoAnn Falletta.

The last ever performance of Mathieu in Carnegie Hall was in fact in 1943. Is it finally time that his music be rehabilited in the metropolis? Lefèvre is confident that the New York audience will just be bowled over by the power of Mathieu’s music. We will await impatiently the reviews on Wednesday morning.

The Gazette featured an interesting article on the upcoming concert in its weekend edition. You can read it here.

To listen once more to the Concertino No. 2…

To listen to his Concerto No. 4…



The OSM renews Kent Nagano’s contract until 2020

11 November 2013

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) has announced this morning that Kent Nagano’s contract as the Orchestra’s music director has been extended until 2020. After serving as music advisor for two years, Maestro Nagano became the Orchestra’s music director in 2006. His first five-year term was renewed twice, most recently until 2016.

“Since Maestro Nagano has been with the OSM, he has not only measured up to his international reputation as an outstanding interpreter of the classical repertoire, he has also demonstrated his ability to bring people together around many key projects,” said Lucien Bouchard, chairman of the OSM’S board of directors. “He has contributed to raising the OSM’s profile while making a strong commitment to the community,” he added.

“My attachment to Montreal and the close relationships I have developed with the OSM’s talented musicians over the years are among the reasons that prompted me to renew my commitment to the Orchestra. Montreal is a friendly city that abounds with creativity and a vibrant culture where European and North American cultures mesh perfectly,” said Maestro Nagano.

Maestro Nagano received in 2012 the medal of honour from Quebec’s National Assembly and was named last week a Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec. The maestro will also be inducted into the Academy of Great Montrealers on November 14, in recognition of his contribution to the arts community.