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Volume 10 Issue 5 - February 2005

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Piano & Keyboard Centre THE AVIV STRING QUARTET /'eat111'ing t11e Vintagt Steinway Gallery uilciing - Rentals 70 East Beaver C1;eek Road Unit 25 Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 1G6 905-709-2771 Concert Tuner I Technician for: CBC I Glenn Gould Studio • National Ballet of Canada National Ballet School • St. Lawrence Centre for lhe Arts • Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts Sen ing & Sponsol'in Toronlo's ajor \«•ntws sincr I 98B "If this concert is anything to go by, the Aviv String Quartet is rapidly emerging as one of today's finest chamber ensemble." The Guardian, London, UK February 23rd, 2005, 8pm: Kitchener Waterlo Chamber Music Society, 57 Young St West, Waterloo. Phone: (519) 886-1673, or February 24th, 2005, 8pm: Music Toronto, Jane Mallett Theatr·e. Phone: (416) 366-7723 or February 26th, 2005, 8pm: Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts Chamber Music Series, HCA Recital Hall. Phone: (905) 528-5628 or

The CD EDITOR'S CORNER David Olds This month we welcome back to these pages my colleague from years past at CJRT-FM, former program director Alex Baran, who is now general manager of the Hamilcon Philharmonic Orc.hestra. Alex has taken time out of his busy schedule to give us his take on Ian Bostridge's fabulous new recording of art songs by Debussy, Faure and Poulenc. And speaking of the good old days at CJ RT, former record librarian Dianne Wells reviews Karl Jenkins' paean to peace, a contemporary interpretation of the medieval mass L 'Homme Anne, which will be performed in Toronto and Hamilton this month. On a somewhat related theme, Robert Tomas reviews John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls, commemorating the tragic events of September 11. And wouldn't you know it? Robert used to be an integral part of the CJRT team too. It' starting to seem like a very small world. but I assure you, of the 22 people whose reviews you can find here this month, only two others - Ted O'Reilly and Bruce Surtees - were also my colleagues at the station. So 25 % doesn't really count as nepotism does it? Well maybe it does: but seriou ly, wht a fabulous resource and training ground CJRT was ... it would be a shame not to utilize the knowledge ba e. My own listening this month has been a little more eclectic than usual, with a number of discs that would normally be found in our "Pcit Pourri" section. Harpist Sharlene Wallace recently released her third CD, "Beyond the Waves" ( It's a beautifully produced disc that encompasses a number of genres, combining hints of new age with elements of a wide variety of World musics, not the least of which being her own Celtic roots. Sharlene's harp provides a solid FrnRUARY 1 - MARCH 7 2005 backing for the rollicking violin of Oliver Schroer. Tom Keenlyside's soaring soprano saxophone and the melodious cello of Finn Manniche. The harp itself comes to the fore with support from accordionist Joseph Macerollo and a rhythm section featuring George Koller on bass and an extraordinary diversity of percussion from Sal Ferreras. A wealth of Sharl::ne's original material is supplemented with compositions by Canadian flutist 'C raig Noseworthy and South American harpist Alfredo Rolando Ortiz. along with tunes written especially for Sharlene by Loretto Reid and Evelyn Datl. A very enjoyable disc. Several pages on you will encounter Karen Ages' review of the first release by Toronto's most recent addition to the Klezmer scene, Hu Tsa Tsa. A more established group in that same genre, Beyond the Pale, recently released its second CD "Consensus: Live in Concert" (, just in time for upcoming appearances at Glenn Gould Studio (February l2) and in Barrie at the Fisher Auditorium on February 26. The new disc, which features powerful and entertaining guest vocals from Josh Dolgin (with lively lyrics such as "Oy, I Like She" and "Halevaye, I wish I were a keg of beer ... lf I ever were a keg of beer, yo.u could quench your thirst with me my dear") and Yeva Medvedyuk, who joins Dolgin for a duet about a dancing Rabbi. The sparkling performances from band members Milos Popovic (accordion), Eric Stein (mandolin), Martin van de Ven (clarinet), Bogdan Djukic (violin) and Bret Higgins (bass) were captured live at the Al Green Theatre last January. This one is something special! EDITOR'S CORNER continues on page 54 mu11ctletiorl -··-·o....# Canada 'Pauline • Vlardot-Garcia \, Lieder Chanso Canzoni Mazu

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