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Volume 27 Issue 8 | July 1 - September 20, 2022

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Final print issue of Volume 27 (259th, count 'em!). You'll see us in print again mid-September. Inside: A seat at one table at April's "Mayors Lunch" TAF Awards; RCM's 6th edition "Celebration Series" of piano music -- more than ODWGs; Classical and beyond at two festivals; two lakeshore venues reborn; our summer "Green Pages" festival directory; record reviews, listening room and more. On stands Tuesday July 5 2022.


MONIQUE DE ST. CROIX Bergmann Piano Duo Week 2 On the afternoon of July 26, Charles Richard-Hamelin, silver medalist and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman Prize at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition, makes his first appearance at the festival. Now in his early 30s, Richard-Hamelin has proven to be a sensitive chamber musician. Here, he performs Brahms’ Sonata for Clarinet and Piano Op.120, No.1 with Campbell, before tackling Dvořák’s Piano Quartet No.2, Op.87 with Crozman, violinist Karl Stobbe and violist Ryan Davis (named one of “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” by CBC Music in 2021). Based in B.C., the Bergmann Piano Duo – Canadian-born Elizabeth and her husband Marcel, born in Germany – take over the first afternoon slot on July 27 with a program of high-energy music, from Rachmaninoff, Poulenc and Piazzolla to Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and Egberto Gismonti (arrangements by Marcel Bergmann). The Bergmanns are back for the late afternoon slot for a program called Cameron’s Choice: “Originals”, a concert of music composed and performed by Cameron Crozman, cello; Ryan Davis, viola; and Graham Campbell, guitar. HANS VAN DER WOERD Richard-Hamelin’s solo recital in the evening of July 27 features Chopin’s beloved Sonata No.2 and two Nocturnes Op.27 as well as music by César Franck and André Gagnon. Crozman returns on the afternoon of July 28 for “Tapeo: Sounds of Spain” performing music from his recent recording, with the help of Karl Stobbe, violin; Ryan Davis, viola; and the Bergmann Duo. Pianofest then concludes the next evening on a high note when Richard-Hamelin and Fialkowska perform two of the finest works for piano four hands: Schubert’s Fantasie D940 and Mozart’s Sonata K497. Festival Lanaudière One of Canada’s largest summer festivals, Lanaudière, began even earlier than Festival of the Sound, founded in 1978 by Father Fernand Lindsay, who remained at its helm until 2008. This year it takes place June 30 to August 7, in Joliette as always, northeast of Montreal. Appointed artistic director of the festival in 2018, Renaud Loranger highlighted some of the attractions in this year’s star-studded event: “Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who continues on his stellar career path and whose future accomplishments can barely be imagined, delivers an unmissable operatic event,” Loranger writes. “Leading the Orchestre Métropolitain and a world-class vocal cast, he restores Wagner’s tragic power [Die Walküre, Act 1, August 6], before reuniting with the sublime Hélène Grimaud, who performs at Lanaudière for the first time [Schumann’s Piano Concerto, August 7].” Yannick Nézet-Séguin Hélène Grimaud MAT HENNEK 2022-2023 SEASON MOZART AND HIS PEERS The coming season pays tribute to opera in the classic period leading to the turbulent years of the French Revolution. In the best Opera in Concert traditions, you will be introduced to rarities in performances, diverse, unplugged and innovative programming. MOZART ST LAWRENCE CENTRE FOR THE ARTS 27 FRONT ST E TORONTO 2022 November 20 LUCIO SILLA by W.A. Mozart 2023 February 19 MÉDÉE by Luigi Cherubini 2023 March 19 L’AMANT ANONYME by Joseph Bologne CHERUBINI 416-366-7723 1-800-708-6754 OPERAINCONCERT.COM BOLOGNE 20 | July 1 - September 20, 2022

What Loranger describes as “Beethoven’s enduring humanist message” comes to the fore once again at this year’s Festival, notably during three exceptional concerts by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, one of the most prominent German orchestras in the world, at Lanaudière for an exclusive North American engagement. “Then, there is the simple pleasure of gathering and of new friendships: whether it’s Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy, Marc-André Hamelin and Charles Richard-Hamelin, Hilary Hahn, Alisa Weilerstein, Jean- Yves Thibaudet, Samy Moussa, Inon Barnatan, Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee, Matthias Goerne and Alexandre Kantorow … not to mention Canadian Brass or the Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Joliette: they will all be here with us.” Concluding by returning to my own pianistic first love: two of Canada’s greatest pianists (both of whom I have covered extensively in my columns over the years), colleagues who share a name, though they are not related, perform together on the same stage for the first time on July 9. Marc-André Hamelin and Charles Richard-Hamelin play Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos K448 and, with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy, Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos K365. Paul Ennis is the managing editor of The WholeNote. BIGLAKE P R E S E N T S FESTIVAL 2022 • JULY & AUGUST PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY “COMING FULL CIRCLE” (ACRYLIC ON CANVAS) BY BROOKE PALMER July 1 - September 20, 2022 | 21

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