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Volume 7 Issue 9 - June 2002

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continued from page 43 varied and interesting. With concerts outdoors along the Avon River parklands and in three downtown historic building

DISCO\' ERIES ID!S?lll DISCOVERIES is a CD review section designed to complement and enhance our pre-eminent 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. 1'Worth 1 repeating" - CDs newly re-is~ued, or previously released but still generally available, deemed particularly noteworthy by q 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" - Disc's of special interest, often with a particular connection to the month's r:oncert activities. We think DJ ~ COVERIES is a logical and exciting ext ens •. 1n 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 IN DISCOVERIES THIS ISSUE CONCERT PREP page 45:47 • Le Chant de Virgile: Classical Poetry iR Renaissance Music -Huelgas Ensemble I Paul Van Nevel ~ Ralph Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor -The Elora Festival Singers I Noel Edison -J.S, Bach: Motets -Tafelmusik Chamber Choir/ lvars Taurins I tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra -Toutakoosticks - Stephane Huchard -Not for Nothing (2001 ); Prime Directive (1999); Points of View (1998) - Dave Holland Quintet NEW AND RECENT RELEASES page47-50 1- Liszt: Works for Piano and Orchestra, VoL 3- ~ouis Lortie Residentie Orchestra The Hague I George Pehlivanian -Anton Webern: Passacaglia; Symphony; Five Pieces Ulster Orchestra I Takuo Yuasa - Alban Berg: Wozzeck -Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera, Stockholm I Leif Segerstam · Lamento ·Daniel Taylo~/Theatre of Early Music - Sacred Spaces I Lieux sacres - Studio de musique ancienne de Montreal I Christopher Jackson - Wagner: Scenes from The Ring Royal Opera House Orchestra I Antonio Pappano • Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music· Angela Hewitt WORTH REPEATING page 51-53 · · Brubeck & Desmond 1975: The Duets - Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond , ·Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata; Boccherini: Cello Sonata No. 6; Sammartini: Cello Sonata in G major· Leonard ·Rose I Leonid Ham bro INDIELIST page 53 • Srul Irving Glick: Toward the Sun - Valerie Siren I Cecilia lgnatieff · • Srul Irving Glick: Shirei TShuva: Songs of Joy and Repentance - Cantor Efraim Sapir I Beth Tikvah Choir I Penderecki String Quartet DISCS OF THE MONTH page 53-54 • Bruckner: The Complete Symphonies -Royal Scottish National Orchestra I National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland I New Zealand Symphony Orchestra I Georg Tintner - Schoenberg: Gurrelieder -Karita Mattila, Anne Sofie von Otter I Philip Langridge I Thomas Moser I Thomas Quasthoff I Berlin Philharmonic I Sir Simon Rattle CONCERT PREP Le Chant de Virgile: Classical Poetry in Renaissance Music Huelgas Ensemble; Paul Vari Nevel Harmonia Mondi HMC 901739 In his wonderful recordings of ,. medieval and renaissance vocal music, Belgian conductor Paul Van Nevel explores ·fascinating historical themes and contexts - a renaissance royal wedding in La Pellegrina (Sony Vivarte S2K 63362), many-voiced polyphony in Utopia Triumphans (Sony Vivarte SK66261), and, in Le Chant de Virgile, renaissance settings of classical poetry. But it's not his brilliant scholarship that makes these recordings so beautiful. In performance he grasps the personality of each composer and reveals the expressive centre of each work. The singers and instrumentalists in his superb Huelgas Ensemble achiev~ a personal, warm and idiomatic sound. They blend magnificently, and shine in the solo work. This disc features six settings of Dido's final lament from Virgil's Aeneid, Dulces exuviae, familiar in later operatic settings by Purcell and Berlioz. The earliest is by the great Josquin Desprez, whose revolutionary use of music to express the meaning of the texts represents the breakthrough of renaissance humanism. Roland de Lassus combines counterpoint with chords, creating rhythmic variety and dramatic contrast. The setting by the obscure Theodoricus Gerarde offers delightfully dissonant, highly emotional melodies. Not all is serious. In Donec gratus by Cipriano de Rore, two lovers in an ironic dialogue by Horace spar with caustic wit worthy of Noel Coward: "You are as light as cork and badtempered as the Adriatic." 314 Churchill Ave Toronto. Ontario M2R 1 E7 Canada Tel: (1) 416·224·1956 Fax: (1) 416-224-2964 We buy your classical LP collection (classical. such as Beethoven . Mozart. Stockhausen) we travel anywhere for good collection 45

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