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Volume 27 Issue 5 | March 4 - April 15, 2022

"Hard to watch and impossible to ignore"--on the Russian invasion of Ukraine; Tafelmusik goes live again in a tribute to Jeanne Lamon; TSO MD reunion as Centennial Countdown kicks off; PASS=Performing Arts Sunday Series at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts ...; crosstown to the TRANZAC, Matthew Fava on the move; all this and more ....

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The WholeNote VOLUME 27 NO 5 | MARCH 4 - APRIL 15, 2022 IN THIS EDITION STORIES AND INTERVIEWS Wendalyn Bartley, Paul Ennis, Jennifer Parr, David Perlman, Nick Storring, Colin Story, Andrew Timar, Matthew Whitfield CD Reviewers Sophie Bisson, Stuart Broomer, Max Christie, Sam Dickinson, Raul da Gama, Janos Gardonyi, Richard Haskell, Tiina Kiik, Kati Kiilaspea, Pamela Margles, Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, Cheryl Ockrant, David Olds, Ted Parkinson, Ivana Popovic, Terry Robbins, Michael Schulman, Michael Schwartz, Adam Scime, Andrew Scott, Sharna Searle, Bruce Surtees, Andrew Timar, Yoshi Maclear Wall, Ken Waxman, Matthew Whitfield Proofreading Paul Ennis, John Sharpe Listings Team John Sharpe, Gary Heard, Colin Story Design Team Kevin King, Susan Sinclair Circulation Team Wende Bartley, Jack Buell, Sharon Clark, Carl Finkle, James Harris, Bob Jerome, Kayla Leahy, Chris Malcolm, Sheila McCoy, Lorna Nevison, Tom Sepp, Dave Taylor. UPCOMING DATES AND DEADLINES Free Event Listings Updates 6pm every Tuesday for weekend posting STORIES & INTERVIEWS 24 ON THE MOVE | From the CMC to the Tranzac - Matthew Fava Heads across town | ANDREW TIMAR 26 MAINLY CLUBS, MOSTLY JAZZ | Rudder or not, here we come! | COLIN STORY 62 BACK IN FOCUS | Previously covered, topical again | STAFF LISTINGS 28 Events by date Live or Live Streamed March 2 to Apr 22, 2022 35 In the Clubs (mostly Jazz) 36 Classified Ads 36 Who’s Who in Summer Music Education DISCOVERIES: RECORDINGS REVIEWED 37 Editor’s Corner | DAVID OLDS 39 PROFILE | Paul Dolden - A life’s work in the studio | NICK STORRING 40 Strings Attached | TERRY ROBBINS 42 Vocal 44 Classical and Beyond 47 Modern and Contemporary 53 Jazz and Improvised Music 58 Pot Pourri 58 Something in the Air | KEN WAXMAN 60 Old Wine, New Bottles | BRUCE SURTEES 61 Other Fine Vintages 61 New in the Listening Room, INDEX Volume 27 No. 6, April 15 - May 20, 2022 Publication Dates Tuesday, April 12 (online) Friday, April 15 (print) Print edition listings deadline Midnight, Monday, March 28, 2022 Print advertising, reservation deadline 6pm Tuesday, March 29, 2022 Classifieds deadline 6pm Tuesday, March 29, 2022 39 Printed in Canada Couto Printing & Publishing Services Circulation Statement - Dec 10, 2021 8,000 printed & distributed Canadian Publication Product Sales Agreement 1263846 ISSN 14888-8785 WHOLENOTE Publications Mail Agreement #40026682 WholeNote Media Inc. accepts no responsibility or liability for claims made for any product or service reported on or advertised in this issue. COPYRIGHT © 2022 WHOLENOTE MEDIA INC 6 | February 2022

FOR OPENERS Hard to watch and impossible to ignore. AMOUR ET FANTAISIE Mélodies de Lionel Daunais Dominique Côté baryton | Esther Gonthier piano ACD2 2839 LUCA PERLMAN March 4, 2022: I woke this morning, brutally at a loss for words of my own. Instead, these: Simon Wynberg’s, from Back in Focus, the final section of this issue, echoing in my head. “Hard to watch and impossible to ignore.” So I reached automatically for the remote, channeling to the BBC, where I go as an admittedly weak antidote to CBC and CNN – the closest thing I can find to a triangulated viewpoint on world news within a closed and often selfcongratulatory loop where refugees in adjacent seats on the same bus, fleeing the same war, can expect to be treated differently at the border to freedom, based on the colour of their skin. Uncannily, this is what flashed immediately onto my screen. BBC: The acclaimed Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, has been sacked by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra for refusing publicly to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The mayor of Munich said Mr. Gergiev could no longer remain in his position because of his support of President Putin. Well, Semyon Bychkov joins me now. He is the chief conductor and music director of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and he is Russian. Semyon Bychkov, let me ask you, first of all, unlike some other very prominent culture and art figures from Russia living in the west, are you prepared to condemn what you see happening in Ukraine? SB: Since day one when this war has begun, since the invasion happened, myself as well as the office of the Czech Philharmonic immediately issued statements to that effect and I have gone further in the following days. You know, there is time in life when one feels one must take a position on something that is so existentially important as this particular subject today. Everyone is free to make up their mind what they want to do if anything. In my particular case I’m free to take the position that I take, which is fiercely opposed to this genocide, this act of aggression. BBC: Well you couldn’t be clearer Mr. Bychkov, but when you say you’re free is that because you have made a decision to cut your ties with your homeland completely? SB: I have emigrated in 1975 at the age of 22. And at that time, people have asked me but why have you left your country, and I said because I had to be free. And the question sometimes comes up today, and the answer has never changed. And I am actually fortunate to be free – not to have any debt to any state or company. The only debt I have in life (which will be for the rest of my life) is to my family, to my friends, to my teachers, to those colleagues, those orchestra musicians, all of the musicians with whom I make music, all those who helped me be better than I otherwise could have been. And that debt is something that I am very happy to pay. Therefore I am absolutely free to express my opinions on the matter when it is called for, and I feel that, now, silence is not the right thing, because basically it means acquiescence to this, ah, power of evil if you will, and that is what we are faced with. BBC: Mr. Bychkov thank you very much for speaking to us. AMOUR ET FANTAISIE Baritone Dominique Côté and pianist Esther Gonthier pays homage to Lionel Daunais, a unique composer and songwriter in the Canadian musical landscape. DE LA COUR DE LOUIS XIV À SHIPPAGAN ! Chants traditionnels acadiens et airs de cour du XVII e siècle Suzie LeBlanc soprano | Marie Nadeau-Tremblay violon baroque Vincent Lauzer flûte à bec | Sylvain Bergeron archiluth et guitare baroque ACD2 2837 TO BE RELEASED ON MARCH 18, 2022 Acadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc returns with De la Cour de Louis XIV à Shippagan, a fascinating album that pairs French airs de cour with traditional Acadian songs. Ellen Torrie, soprano and guitar; Marie Nadeau-Tremblay, baroque violin; Vincent Lauzer, recorder; and Sylvain Bergeron, baroque guitar and archlute, are also featured on this new release. NEW RELEASES G R I G O R I A N . C O M David Perlman can be reached at March March 44 - AprilApril 15, 15, 2022 2022 | | 77

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