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Volume 10 Issue 7 - April 2005

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wholenote's MONDAY NIGHT SALONS ONLY FOUR MORE TO GO! Salon#& April 4, s pm "DISCOVERIES" Expect the unexpected: compositions and performances by WholeNote's CD reviewers, hosted by CD Review Editor, David Olds. Salon #7 May 2, s pm "OPERA IN THE WORKS" A tour of the opera "other world," led by Opera in Concert's Henry Ingram and WholeNote publisher, Allan Pulker,. featuring the world premiere performance of three scenes of Andrew Ager's new opera, "FRANKENSTEIN" Salon #8 June 6, s pm "WORLD MUSIC" hosted by "World View" columnist Karen Ages Salon #8 July 4, s pm '1AZZ CENTRIC" the next decade hosted by jazz listings editor Sophia Perlman The Music Gallery, St. George the Martyr Church 197 John Street at Stephanie Street , (Seniors & Students) Free for 12 and under. Make sure you're in WholeOote's CHOIRS & FESTIVALS ISSUES May's focus is Choirs, with the spotlight on the Southern Ontario choral scene in our "Canary pages" yellow-paper directory of all participating choirs. Choirs looking for singers and singers looking for choirs can find the perfect match in this issue. If, when you read this, your choir has not been contacted by us, please give us a call at 416-323-2232 or e-mail us at Choir directory deadline: Friday, April 8 Advertising & Listing deadline: Friday, April 15 Distribution: Thursday, April 28 June's focus is "The Summer Season, n Part 1. Music Festivals abound from late June to early September by the lakes and in the farmland and forests of Southern Ontario, Quebec and New York State. Our June directory will bring festivals and audiences together, telling you when and where they are and how to get in touch with them. Summer Festival Directory Deadline: Friday, May 6 Listings deadline: Sunday, May 15 Advertising deadline: Monday, May 16 Distribution: Friday, May 27 HOME DELIVERY AVAILABLE One year (10 issues): + GST Two years (20 issues): .50 + GST or 416-406-5055 PDF Version available online at Once you are at our home page, simply click on "PDF Version" The entire magazine is there, including all advertisements. f101sccW EDITOR'S CORNER Sometimes it seems that this column is all about missed opportunities and I must confess to another one last month. Local pianist Mary Kenedi embarks on a European concert tour in April that will see her premiere a piano concerto by Michael Easton with the North Bohemian Philharmonic and perform solo concerts of Canadian and Hungarian repertoire in Prague, Budapest and several other Hungarian cities. Ms Kenedi gave a recital last month that was mentioned in the WholeNote listings, but we missed a perfect chance to review her latest CD at the same time. "Motions and Emotions - Mary Kenedi plays Canadian month) and by one of the current "heavy hitters" on the Canadian music scene, Gary Kulesha. Kulesha 's Second Symphony was premiered last month during the TSO New Creations Festival, which continues into the first week of April - another reason to have brought this disc to your attention last month. So, apologies and kudos to Mary Kenedi for this important addition to our musical heritage and for all her efforts on behalf of Canadian music - keep up the good work! There are several new series devoted to the music of our time that have crossed my desk in recent weeks. This year Pierre Boulez Music Vol.3" (Echiquier turns 80 and to mark the occasion Records ECD 008M) takes jts ti- Deutsche Grammophon has tie from Talivaldis Kenins' Sona- launched a "Boulez 2005" line. ta No.3. Kenins, who will cele- Four titles arrived this month inbrate his 86'h birthday this month, eluding Boulez conducting the Baris one of this country's hidden tok piano concertos (with Zimertreasures in my opinion. A Latvi- man, Andsnes and Grimaud) and an who moved to Canada in the Mahler lieder (Quasthoff, Urma- 1950s, he has been an important na and von Otter), his own piano part of Toronto's musical life for sonatas· performed by Paaval i half a century as both a composer Jumppanen and "Boulez Conand a teacher. With nine sympho- ducts Boulez - Le Marteau sans nies to his credit, to the best of maitre I Derive I & 2" (DG my knowledge more than any oth- 00289 477 5327). The other discs er Canadian composer, and some will receive full reviews in upcomdelightfully challenging chamber ing months, but I want to tell you music, it is a shame that his music about the latter title - one that is is not heard more often outside the special to me, having had the Latvian community. [Concert chance to experience Mr. Boulez Note: The Etobicoke Philharmon- at work rehearsing Derive with the ic will perform Kenins' Folk New Music Concerts Ensemble Dance and Variations on April when he was in Toronto to receive 29.] the Glenn Gould Prize in 2002. I don't tend to think of Canadi- Described by Ligeti as the "chief an composers as writing much in work of the 1950s", Le Marteau traditional forms like the sonata, sans maftre is a true 20'" century but in addition to Kenins' Sonata classic and the work that estab­ Kenedi's disc also includes works lished Boulez as one of the most in that genre by pioneers Jean important voices of the post-war Coulthard and John Weinzweig generation when it appeared in (whose 92"d birthday was last 1955. A setting of poems by Rene WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM APRIL 1 - MAY 7 2005

Char, it is beautifully sung here by Hillary Summers whose pure performance of one of Schoenvoice rings and brings surprising warmth to the work. The Derive a star-studded cast including tenpieces date from much later - the 1980s - with the second actually having been revisited and revised in 2002. The voice of the elder Boulez, while differing somewhat Koch International Classics. This berg's most beloved works features ors Martyn Hill and Stephen O'Mara, with mezzo Jennifer Lane, the Simon Joly Chorale and the Philharmonia Orchestra. This apt beginning to the series is also in style, is still an uncompromis- ·an excellent introduction to the ing one, wi\h no traces of the neo- Romantic "listener friendly" trends world of Arnold Schoenberg for those who are not familiar with it. that have infused much of the new This month we welcome a new col music world in recent years. This umn within DISCoveries - "Old is "good old-fashioned" new music of the highest calibre. The im­ Wine in New Bottles''· (It is on page 81, just before our Discs of peccable instrumentalists of the Ensemble lntercontemporain, hand the Month). Senior reviewer Bruce Surtees brings his years of picked by Maestro Boulez, give definitive performances. expertise and' discerning ear to a special section devoted to record­ Cl'M:tr.t•J-.-·f-•"'"1!·lfl ll;oc·l·"""'lttt;C:

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