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Volume 19 Issue 6 - March 2014

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Verklärte Nacht

Verklärte Nacht “Schoenbergthe Romantic,” seeminglyturning conventionalwisdom upside down – untilit sinks in that Schoenberg’s“Transfigured Night” is one ofthe most romantic pieces inthe repertoire.Two Recent Concerts:Benjamin Grosvenor’s MusicToronto recital was a revelation,more than justifyingthe acclaim that preceded hisdebut last month. The firsthalf of his program consistedof Mendelssohn, Schubertand Schumann pieces writtenwithin 12 years of each otherending in 1839. The 21-yearoldEnglishman played witha sensitivity and finely calibratedtonal palette coupledEdiwin Outwaterwith a technical prowess that was always at the service of his exceptionalmusicianship. Schubert’s Impromptu in G flat, Op. 90 No. 3(D899) evoked memories of Dinu Lipatti with its warm sound. Afterintermission came three superbly spacious miniatures by Mompou,two Medtner “Tales,” the second of which, “March of the Knights”was a favourite of Horowitz, himself a favourite of Grosvenor. Ravel’sValses nobles et sentimentales shimmered but was not insubstantialwhile Liszt’s Valse de l’opéra Faust de Gounod showed off the pianist’schops without sacrificing any part of the music’s well-entrenchedmusical lines.Kent Nagano’s coherent, exciting performance of Mahler’sSymphony No. 7 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra at RoyThomson Hall not long ago has me looking forward to his forthcomingappearance with Tafelmusik next January when he will be conductingBeethoven’s insdispensable Symphony No. 5 and underrated Massin C Major.Two Parts of Triple Forte: When he hosted This Is My Music on CBCRadio 2, Ottawa-based pianist David Jalbert spoke about how he hadbeen intimidated by Glenn Gould’s Goldberg Variations until hearingMurray Perahia’s version showed him that there are other ways to playthe piece. On March 11 the Music Toronto audience will get a chanceto hear how Jalbert’s interpretation of Bach’s seminal masterpiecehas evolved since his CD of it was released to wide acclaim (includingChristina Petrowska Quilico’s review in the May 2012 WholeNote) twoyears ago.Coincidentally, on March 20 the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto ispresenting the impressive cellist Yegor Dyachkov, Jalbert’s partner inthe Triple Forte trio (violinist Jasper Wood is the third member), in atantalizing program with pianist Jean Saulnier that includes the worldpremiere (and WMCT commission) of Atonement by Christos Hatzis.Beethoven’s middle cello sonata as well as Britten andApril 6, 2014Arthur LeBlancQuartetwith Gregory Oh, pianoHeliconian Hall 35 Hazelton 416.654.0877Each concert highlights a Canadian compositiontogether with familiar classical repertoire.Shostakovich’s contributions to the repertoire complete the afternoon’srecital.And More: The redoubtable Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSociety has six concerts on tap this month and two in the first weekof April. Of particular interest: James Campbell performs Brahms’second sonata for clarinet and piano (with Leopoldo Erice) thenjoins the Penderecki String Quartet for the composer’s sublimeClarinet Quintet. Trio Voce includes Marina Hoover, founding cellistof the St. Lawrence String Quartet, violinist Jasmine Lin and pianistPatricia Tao. Their March 21 evening features trios by Haydn, Dvorákand Brahms.On March 16, Mooredale Concerts presents Guillermo Gonzálezperforming his own edited version of Albéniz’s Iberia Suite. Judgingby his 1998 Naxos recording, González clearly transmits the Spanishcharacter of this keyboard masterpiece in an engaging rough-hewnmanner compared to the more elegant style of his fellow SpaniardAlicia de Larrocha. (For sheer virtuosity, Marc-André Hamelin’sluminous, impressionistic version is unmatched, however.)Angela Hewitt continues her recent foray into Beethoven’s universe(see this month’s DISCoveries) with her TSO appearance March 20and 22 playing the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor.” Guestconductor Hannu Lintu also leads the orchestra in Sibelius’ thrillingSymphony No 5.Paul Ennis is managing editor of The WholeNote.Associates of theToronto SymphonyOrchestraMonday March 3, 7:30 p . m.Ensembles from the Toronto SymphonyYouth OrchestraAntiphony #1 Palestrina (Anthony)Funeral March in Memory of Richard NordraakGrieg (Emerson)Fugue for Percussion HarrisonFlute Quartet No. 1 in D major, K285 MozartQuintet in G minor, Op.39 ProkoevSerenade in E at Major, K375 MozartMonday April 28, 7:30 p . m.Quintessential QuintetsString quartet #3 in C major K515 MozartString quartet #2 in G major Op . 111 BrahmsAmanda Goodburn, violinSydney Chun, violinTeng Li, violaTheresa Rudolph, violaEmmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron, celloFive Small ConcertsSeries / | Single tickets / Trinity-St. Paul’ s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W.Box Office | March 1 – April 7, 2014

2014.15 Concert SeasonKOERNER HALL’SFIFTH ANNIVERSARYRichard Galliano Quartetwith Special Guests theDominic Mancuso GroupFRI., MAR. 7, 2014 8PM KOERNER HALLOne of the world’s greatest accordionistsplays the music of Nino Rota, who wrotethe music for La Dolce Vita, The Godfather,and other famous films.Andrés Díaz& FriendsSUN., MAR. 23, 2014 AT 2PMMAZZOLENI CONCERT HALLInternationally renowned cellistAndrés Díaz (Koerner Chair in Celloat The Royal Conservatory) leads achamber program with fellow facultymembers. This performance willinclude Alfred Schnittke’s Sonata forCello and Piano, Chen Yi’s Sound ofthe Five for cello and string quartet,and other works.Khatia BuniatishviliSUN., APR. 6, 2014 3PMKOERNER HALL“Buniatishvili’s technical prowessenables her to combine energywith precision at a level comparableto Argerich.” (Limelight) She willperform works by Liszt, Chopin,and Stravinsky.Rebanks FamilyFellowship ConcertSeriesTUES., APR. 1, APR. 8, APR. 15, 20147:30PM MAZZOLENI CONCERT HALLThe Glenn Gould School presentsseven outstanding artists on the cuspof major careers, in three concerts.Each concert features solo and chamberworks performed by Rebanks Fellowscurrently enrolled in the special oneyear program.Presented with the generous support ofthe Rebanks Family Fellowship Program.The Glenn GouldSchool NewMusic EnsembleTHURS., APR. 10, 2014 7:30PMCONSERVATORY THEATREBrian Current conducts theworld premiere of Behind theSound of Music, Nicole Lizée'smultimedia composition fororchestra and video.The Glenn GouldSchool ChamberCompetition FinalsWED., APR. 2, 2014 7:30PMMAZZOLENI CONCERT HALLHear the talented ensembles ofThe Glenn Gould School competefor over ,000 in prizes and thechance to perform a PreludeRecital in Koerner Hall precedinga Royal Conservatory Orchestraperformance.Presented in honour ofR.S. Williams & Sons Co.TICKETS START AT ONLY ! 416.408.0208 www.performance.rcmusic.ca273 BLOOR STREET WEST (BLOOR ST. & AVENUE RD.) March 1 – April 7, 2014 | 15

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