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Volume 7 Issue 3 - November 2001

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DISC IJVERIES

DISC IJVERIES 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 five 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. "lndie list" - Small label or independent release CDs; often featuring individuals or groups active on the local music scene. 5. "Disc(s) of the month" - Discs of special interest, often with a particular connection to the month's concert activities. 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. Special Mention This month, even more than usual, CDs in many of the categories relate to upcoming events, in particular the Massey Hall NUMUFEST, which began six years ago as the Made in Canada Festival. The weeklong celebration (November 18- 24) features many of Toronto's finest ensembles and DISCOVERIES is glad to devote a significant portion of this month's coverage to this exciting annual showcase. As a matter of fact there were many more CDs relevant to the week's goings on than there was room for in the column, so I have added a "Special Mention" category at the end of the "Concert Preparation" section of the column to draw your attention to several other fine recordings that could well have been included. David Olds Editor, DISCOVERIES I. CONCERT PREP Chamber Music of Johannes Brahms Shanghai String Quartet Delos DE 3198 (Full Price) Brahms is at his most luxuriant in the dense textures of the Quintet Op. 88 (1882) that launches this recording. Fortunately the Shanghai quartet, ably assisted by the Guarneri Quartet's leader Arnold Steinhardt on second viola, is possessed of a warm and well-blended tone that thrives in the musical marzipan. The Op. DISCOVERIES continues on page 46 REVIEWED THIS ISSUE CONCERT PREP -Chamber Music of Johannes Brahms Shanghai String Ouartet ··Granados-Spanish Dances de larrocha ··Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Stephen K ovacevich --Haydn String Quartets Kodaly Ouartet --Eckhardt-Gramatte, Kulesha Jasper Wood, Violin and Suite Fantaisie Jacques lsraelievitch, Violin NEW RELEASES -·Bach Arrangements Angela Hewitt, piano --Couperin: Concert dans le goiit theatral Capriccio Stravagante; Skip Sempli ·-Feast The Caliban quartet of bassoonists WORTH REPEATING ··Elmer lseler Conducts Canadian Music Elmer lseler Singers, Elmer lseler, conductor ·-Palace Evergreen Club contemporary game/an --Virtuoso Reality Joel Ouarrington & Friends INDIE LIST --Strong and Free True North Brass ··Continuum 1 Continuum -Gilles Tremblay: Les Vepres Contemporary Music de la Vierge Socilitli de ensemble musique contemporaine --Stringtime: Canadian Chamber Music Penderecki String Ouartet and others -Tribute to the Kings of Swing Volume 1 The Galaxy All-Star Orchestra DISCS OFTHE MONTH ·-Harry Somers· Serinette libretto by James Reaney --Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring/Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy Kirov Orchestra; Valery Gergiev MUSICAL INSTRUMENT ExPERTS, MAKERS AND DEALERS SINCE 1890 Visit our newly expanded Bloor Street location for even greater selection of the world's great Pianos, Fine String Instruments, Print Music and Children's Music Specialties ~u~e 1!1f ~u~i)' ~ 210 BLOOR ST. WEST 416.961.3111 (just W. of Avenue Rd., City Parking in Rear} www.remenyi.com 4 Wholenote NOVEMBER 1, 2001 - DECEMBER 7, 2001

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