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Volume 7 Issue 2 - October 2001

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UVERIES WHOLENOTE 1 S CD

UVERIES WHOLENOTE 1 S CD FORUM 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; 2. New and Recent Releases - newly released CDs relevant to our magazine's coverage of the music scene; 3. "Worth repeating" - CDs newly re-issued, or previously released but still generally available, deemed particularly noteworthy by a member of our editorial panel; 4. "Indie list" -Small label or independent release CDs, often featuring individuals or groups active on the local music scene. Many of the CDs will of course fall into several categories, so the distinctions may sometimes appear arbitrary. The real criteria are that the discs have some connection to the music covered in The WholeNote and be readily obtainable by interested readers. The price codes are. based on the following single CD prices: Budget = under ; Mid-Price = to ; Full Price = - ; Special Import Price = and up. We think DISCOVERIES is a logical and exciting extension 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, www.thewholenote.com. David Olds, Editor, DISCOVERIES THIS MONTH'S REVIEWS I. CONCERT PREPARATION IW.I. -1,-12--1-1 --Claire de terre Robert Normandeau · ··Tchaikovsky String Quartets 1 & 3 St. Lawrence String Quartet .. Qebussy: Melodies de jeunesse Donna Brown I Stephane Lemelin .. wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Magic Flute Les Arts Florissants The Magic Flute The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists .. Johann Sebastian Bach: Music for Unaccompanied Viola Rivka Golani · .. Alkan: Symphony for Solo Piano Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano 2. NEW RELEASES I'M.!' 44-46 .. compassion Edna Michell, violin .. English Piano Concerti Jane Coop, piano .. suites Concertantes Arion Barthold Kuijken, director .. Puerta de Veluntad ALIA MVSICA .. Q Morning Breeze, Traditional Songs from Georgia Trio Kavkasia .. Music from Beyond the Black Sea Darbazi & Friends .. LET'S GET LOST -The Songs of Jimmy McHugh Terence Blanchard · 3. WORTH REPEATING lW.!: 46 ... Biowin' Up a Storm The Woody Herman Herds 1945-47 4. IN DIE LIST PM.Ii 46-48 .. Bruits Yves Daoust .. Postcards Danielle Gumming, guitar DISCS OF THE MONTH I'M.!. 48 --J.S. Bach- Motets Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, lvar T aurins, conductor; T afelmusik Baroque Orchestra .. J.S. Bach · Coffee Cantata I Peasant Cantata Suzie Leblanc, Brett Polegato, Nils Brown T afelmusik Baroque Orchestra 1. CONCERT PREPARATION Claire de terre Robert Normandeau empreintes DIGIT ALes IMED 0157 (Full Price) In the late eighties and early nineties acousmatic art in Montreal captured international attention. Among tlie forerunners was a young Robert Normandeau whose music possessed a soulful enterprising intensity. As a short-lived golden age began to fade after 1992 and the practice fell into some question, I was starting to feel very un~asy about the music outputted by Normandeau. Technical strides and artistic exploration were being made, the music was even developing a pop sensibility (which I admired), but somehow the youthful grit was beginning to fade. However, with his new CD release Claire de terre my fears for the worst have been quelled. He has recaptured that earlier intensity and most of all without turning back on the discoveries of the intervening years. The pop sensibility is certainly still there. In fact, it smacks you in the face when you hear the opening blasts of a shakuhachi in Malina. In the minutes that follow, DISCOVERIES continues on page 42 4 Wholenote OCToBER 1, 2001 - NovEMBER 7, 2001

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