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Volume 12 - Issue 8 - May 2007

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CLASSICAL AND BEYOND, continuedThese two CDs, have much in common, bothfeaturing, accomplished Canadian women flutists,and both making welcome contributions tothe flute discography: Leslie Newman's givesus faultless, perhaps even definitive, readings ofrepertoire from the "golden age of the flute", inwhich the technical and expressive possibilitiesof the then new Boehm flute were being exploredand defined; Marina Piccinini's gives usbrilliant renderings of two masterpieces of theflute repertoire, the Prokofiev Flute Sonata and Debussy's Syrinx, and atranscription of a violin masterpiece, Cesar Franck's A-Minor Sonata ...SoloAngele DubeauAnalekta AN 2 8741-2Allan PulkerThis is an entire album of solo works as the covertitle implies; Ms. Dubeau's personal tribute toher instrument, the violin. Recorded during thesummer of2006 in the late 19th century Churchof the Annunciation in Oka, Quebec, the reverberantacoustic provides Dubeau 's "Des Rosiers" Stradivarius violin ( 1733)with a sonic partner supporting her well-spoken musical statements ...Frank NakashimaBeethoven - Piano Sonata No.32 inC minor, Op.111; Six Bagatelles Op.126;An die ferne Geliebte, Op.98 ,Boris Zarankin; Giles TomkinsDOREMI DDR-71151Pianist Boris Zarankin is a regular performeron the Toronto music scene, including appearanceswith the TSO as guest soloist. He isalso well known to music lovers who frequentour smaller sized venues. These are the denizens of the Glenn GouldStudio and the St Lawrence Hall and even more intimate rooms wherevarious committed entrepreneurial groups present salon-sized recitals andeyents. Zarankin must also be a most inspiring teacher because this re- ,_cording is the direct result his playing before a gathering in his home of :the Ajax-Pickering Branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teacher'sAssociation. So impressed were these professionals that they wanted tomake a recording to share their enthusiasm ...BrahmsRoberto PlanoA_rktos 200691 CDSchubert; GodowskiXiang ZouArktos 200692 CDBruce SurteesLast October, I had the pleasure of serving onthe jury for the Fifth Honens International PianoCompetition. Founded in Calgary in 1991,the Honens is one of the world's great musiccompetitions. Every three years pianists fromall parts of the globe compete for cash prizesand an even more lucrative Artistic and CareerDevelopment Program to launch and sustaintheir careers. Honens seeks to discover "CompleteArtists - musicians who add knowledge,audacity; risk, individuality and the widest perspectiveto all they create or.perform". In addition to generous cash awards,the Honens Foundation manages the careers of the top three Laureates ofeach competition for three years, and produces CD recordings for these emergingartists on theArktos label. Robert Plano and Xiang Zou were two of thelaureates of the Fourth Hon ens Competition in 2003 ...Jamie ParkerEditor's Note: You can read about the third 2003 Honens Laureate WinstonChoi's Arktos CD in the Editor's Comer of our Octbber 2006 issue, availableon-line at Reviewer Jamie Parker joins the Tokyo String Quartet inSchumann's Piano Quintet at Music Toronto on May 10.Mozart - Cosi (un opera muet)PentaedreATMA ACD22545The idea of recording an opera without anywords might at first seem to be a contradictionin teims, but this disc by Pentaedre, one ofCanada's finest and long-lived woodwind quintets,prov'es that the drama of Mozart's musictranscends any constraints oflanguage or instrumentation.This project is the audible half of a collaboration betweenPentaedre and a mime troupe called Omnibus. The dramatic frameworkof C9si fan tutte is maintained by the actions and expressions of themimes, who are joined on stage by the musicians (liberated from the orchestrapit), and the whole becomes a new kind of theatrical experience ...Colin SavageSchumann - Symphonies 2 & 4Gewandhaus Orchester; Ricardo ChaillyDecca 475 8352Robert Schumann occupies a special place inGerman music that continues to resonate to• this day as evidenced by the frequent allusionsto his music in contemporary compositions byKurtag, Widmann, Lachenrnann and Holliger.Gustav Mahler was also among the composer'sgreat admirers and often performed his symphonies in the later stagesof his conducting career. To this purpose he prepared special editionsfor his personal use. This recording is based on these editions ...Schumann - The Sonatas forViolin and PianoJennifer Koh; Reiko UchidaCedille CDR 90000 095Daniel FoleyThe American violinist Jennifer Koh won the1994 Tchaikovsky Competition, and now hasan impressive list of eight intelligently-programmedCDs to her credit, this being herfourth for the Chicago-based independent labelCedille Records. If you know the Schumann violin sonatas at all, chancesare you're more familiar with the A minor Op.105 than the D minorOp.121. The little-known and seldom-played third sonata in A minor,Wo0.27, however, is in some respects the more interesting ...Terry RobbinsConcertos for 1 and 2 HarpsEmmanuel Ceysson; Xavier de MaistreClaves 50-2607Is it owing to the harp's delicate sound thatcomposers have tended to shy away from producingconcertos for' this "instrument ofkings"? In any. event, among those who didrise to the challenge were Carl Reinecke, AlbertZabel, and Elias Parish-Alvars, three l 9thcenturycomposers featured on this Claves recording with French harpistsEmmanuel Ceysson and Xavier de Maistre along with the Rheinland­Pflaz State Philarmonic under the direction ofHannu Lin tu. Both soloistsstudied in France (Ceysson at the prestigious Paris Conservatoire) andboth have been recent prize-winners in international competitions .. .· Richard Haskell64 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM MAY 1 - JUNE 7 2007

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