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Volume 7 Issue 7 - April 2002

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SUMl\IER Music EDUCATION The following three Profiles did not make it into WholeNote's summer music education feature in our March issue. · T.he complete "special" is on line at Delight in ~ Music Making at The Royal Conservatory of Music Adult music programs for all I eve Isl • Guitar • Singing • String Quartets . • s.~quencing (Cubase) • Recorder and Baroque Ensembles • Film Scoring Workshop • RCM Conducting Institute • Technology for Music Teachers • Pedagogy and Teacher Training ,.. . In. :ii RDYAL ~. •cc ,. CONSERVATORY of ~~/ Music COURSES OFFERED Acoustic Classical Rock Blues Jazz Bass . Drums Keyboard 416-408-2825 273 Bloor St. W. t National Guitar Workshop P.O. Box 21207, 6677 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle, Mississauga, ON, L5N 6A2 Phone: 905·785· 7087 Fax: 905·785·2831 e·mail: Contact person: Brian Murray Located at Appleby College, Oakville, ON; Application Deadline: July 21, , (early registration recommended) Audition dates: none Dates: July21-26,2002. Fivedays. ·Fees: 0.00 including classes, accommodation, and meals. Off campus students 0.00. Age group: 13 through adult Level: all levels available Type: Instrumental arid vocal (classroom instruction and ensemble performance) Other activities offered: Special . guest artist clinics and concerts Focus: An intensive yet noncompetitive music learning experience for students of all levels, ages and styles including blues, rock, acoustic, jazz, and classical. Bass, drums and keyboards also offered. In addition to our outstandmgfaculty, guest artists are Andy Summers (!he Police), jazz pioneer Larry Coryell, and Nashville legend John Knowles. NG1ionol Guitor Workshop Thornhill Chamber Music Institute (TCMI) Mail: #706· 180 Dudley Ave, Thornhill; ON L3T 4X2 Phone: 905-764· 1924 ) Contact: Gretchen Anner Location: Toronto Waldorf School,'9100 ;Bathurst St., Thornhill Application deadline: Jl;llle 15 (late applications considered) Audition dates: for placement only; 2-3 weeks prior to July 15 Dates: July 15-26 (Daily, Mon.-Fri.) Fees: 0 before June 15; 0 Non-residential Age groups: Lower7-11; Upper 12-17; Apprentices 18~24 Levels: All · ,;, Type: Strings, Woodwinds, Choral, Compqsition Other activities: Spcirts, fiddling Focus: Since 1992, TCMI hOs . provided excellence in the performance of chamber music at all levels, with individualized programs taught fJy professionalmusici.ans/ pedagogues in a non-competi,tlve environment. Daily sports, stretching exercises and body awareness for . musicians are emphasized along with °" student and faculJy concerts in a natural wpoded setting. Au n1E K1NG's Vo1cEs SIGHT SINGING SUMMER WORKSHOP . Willowdale United Church, 349 Kenneth Ave., North York, On. M2N 4V9 Phone/Fax: 416·225·2255 E·mail: Website: Contact person: David J. King Application deadline: July 22 or until enro_lment is full Dates: Monday July 22 to Thursd?Y July 25 Fees: , including materials, parking arid refreshments Age: Adults Level: Beginner to intermediate Type: Vocal and choral Other activities: Private voice lessons at /hr Focus: This course gives amateur singers a grounding in basic vocal technique and sight-reading, making th'e teaming of new music easier and more enjoyable. An · accomplished singer, teacher and conductor, DavidJ. King (B.Mus. B.Ed) is a long-standing member of the Elmer Jseler Singers and has taught vocal techniques at CAMMAC. foR ADDITIONAL SUMMER MUSIC EDUCATION ADVERTISING, SEE PAGE,43 Apri I 1 -- May 7 2002

ID!SDlll 1" DISCOVERIES is a CD review section designed to complement and enhance our preeminent coverage of Toronto's live classical and new_ music concert scene, featuring reviews by WholeNote columnists and independent contributors. CDs are considered for review in the following four categories: 1. "Concert prep" - CDs, new or otherwise, which tie in with events being featured in the current issue of the magazine. Note that many discs in the other categories also relate to upcoming events as noted,' 2. New and Recent Releases - newly released CDs relevant to our magazine's coverage of the music scene; 3. "Worth repeating" - CDs newly re-issued, or previously released but Still generally available, deemed particularly noteworthy by a member of our editorial panel; 4. "lndie list" - Small label and independent release CDs, often featuring individuals or, groups active on the local music.scene. 5. "Disc(s) of the month" - Discs of special interest, often with a particular connection to the month's concert activities. We think DISCOVERIES is a logical and exciting extension of The WholeNote 's coverage of the Toronto music scene. We welcome your feedback and invite submissions. Catalogues, review copies of CDs and comments should be sent to: The WholeNote, 60 Bellevue Avenue, Toronto· ON M5T 2N4. We also welcome your input via our website, David Olds Editor, DISCOVERIES DISCOVERIES IN DISCOVERIES THIS ISSUE CONCERT PREP pag? 47-48 - Handel: Giulio Cesare -Jennifer Larmore/Barbara Schlick, Concerto Kiiln/Rene Jacobs · Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov - Kirov Opera/Valery Gergiev ~ ·Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov - Ezio Pinza, Metropolitan Opera/Ettore Panizza NEW AND RECENT RELEASES pages48·50 - Severn Meadows-Songs by Ivor Gurney - Paul Agnew/ Ju.lius Drake ·Still Soft Voiced Heart: New Jewish Lieder- Marilyn Lerner/David Wall -Tsirkus: Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band · Klezmer Suite: Music of Sid Robinovitch - Finjan, Saxology Canada, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra/Bramwell Tovey -Vivaldi Bassoon Concertos - Michael McGraw, Seattle Baroque Orchestra/Ingrid Matthews - Saint-Saens: Music for Violin and Piano - Jasper Wood/ James Parker - Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Nisi Domin us, Longe Mala - David Daniels/Europa Galante/Fabio Biondi - Musica Mystica: Mystic Women of the Middle Ages - . 'Ensemble La Volta - Invocation - Musica lntima - And It Really Was -The Brigham Phillips Big Band WORTH REPEATING pages 51-52 , Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Antar - L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Ernest Ansermet - Spirit Song: The Vocal Music of Harry Freedman INDEPENDENT & SMALL LABEL RELEASES page 52-53 -Who's Playing - Lee Pui Ming -Thoughts and Fancies -Voyces Past ; - Twin Souls - Barry Truax -The Nearness of You: Music of Heagy Carmichael - Cindy Church/George Killer/Joe Sealy - Niagara Brass Ensemble: Brass Feast DISCS OF THE MONTH page 53-54 - Berlioz: Les Troyens - Ben Heppner/Michelle De Young; London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Colin Davis - Margison Sings Verdi - Candian Opera Company . Orchestra/Richard Bradshaw · -Joyous Light - Isabel Bayrakdarian/ Elmer lseler Singers/ Ratti Armenian CONCERT PREP Handel: Giulio Cesare Jennifer Larmore; Barbara Schlick; Concerto Koln; Rene Jacobs Harmonia Mundi/WDR 901385.87 The London audience privileged to attend the opening of Handel's Giulio Cesare in 1724 was rightly stunned. Handel stretched the envelope of opera seria along every dimension. The genre.'s formalism, rooted in late Renaissance readings of Greek: philosophy and theatre, had a beautiful symmetry but also a restrained. musical dramatization of the human plight. Parallel to Shakespeare's jnnovations in theatre, Handel invented musical means to express psychological complexity within the parameters of big stories about big figures in history. And what musical means! The Oxford Dictionary should change its primary definition of the word sumptuous to read: "Handel's music for Giulio Cesare." Cesare and Cleopatra are given eight arias each, which cover wide emotional and moral ranges. The harmonic complexity, the instrumentation used to express it, and the way both drove the drama was a wonderful surprise. · Jacobs' superb production of Giulio Cesare lasts four hours without a single musical lull. This happens despite the fact that the first two of three acts anomalously conclude with routines by minor ·characters, most likely because of pressure from the prima donnas who· originally sang these roles. Jacobs' sensitive conducting reflects his status as a leading countertenor in Baroque opera performance. Not having Handel's access to castrati, Jacobs cast Jennifer Larmore in the role of Cesare. Her performance is literally heroic. Schlick switches brilliantly into eight different emotional gears for each of Cleopatra's arias. Together they are wondrous in a final duet as fine as any in the operatic repertoire. ' Philip Ehrensaft Concert note: The Canadian Opera Company presents Giulio Cesare on April 6, 10, 12, 16, 18 and 21 at the Hummingbird Centre. 314 Churchill Ave Toronto, Ontario M2R 1 E7 Canada Tel: (1) 416-224-1956 Fax: (1) 416-224-2964 We buy your classica~ LP collection (classical. such as Beethoven, Mozart, Stockhausen) we travel anywhere for good collection April 1 -- May 7 2002

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