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Volume 7 Issue 6 - March 2002

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. Fees: 0; Auditing rates available Residence available from per person per night at Victoria College, University of Toronto Level: For senior students, preprofessional and professional musicians . 'I'ype: An intensive_ 10-day baroque residency in period performance practice with a focus on orchestral and choral performance. Other activities: Institute includes forum and lectures on baroque opera, visits to the AGO and ----~----------~~----- The project consists of: 1 . A development phase including musical, linguistic and dramatic coaching. 2. A production phase leading to performances in Oct./Nov. 20'02, for which there will be no additional fee Audition Now (Deadline: April 15) For more information contact Peter Neff at: (416) 876-5859 or voc~lart@gto.net SUMMER CAMPS AND PROGRAMS ROM, and beginner baroque dance classes. The Institute offers participants an in depth course of study of baroque repertoire and performance practice. through: instruction by Tafelmusik musicians/ instrumental and choral chamber ensembles/ daily masterclasses/ one private lesson/ lectures on aspects of period performance practice/ basic baroque dance classes/ visits to the AGO and ROM/ performances by Tafelmus.ik musicians/ and student rehearsals and performances Drama-in-Music Pr_oject Summer 2002. Fully staged productions with orchestra of: L'Egisto by Francesco Cavalli (1654) Xerxes by George Frederic Handel (1738)1 • The Vocal Art Forum TRYP TYCH PRODUCTIONS' Summer Musical Theatre Workshop Mail: 583 Durie Street Toronto ON M6S 3H2 . Phone: 416· 763-5066 E·mail: info@tryptych.org Website: www.tryptych.org Contact person: Edward Franko Program location: Victoria Royce Presbyterian Church, 190 Medland Ave, Toronto· · Application deadline: June 1 Audition dates: TBA Dates: August 5 to August 31 Fees: 0 to 0 Ages: 18 and up Level: All 'I'yp~: Musical Theatre/Opera Other activities~ Vocal Masterclass, Movement Class, Acting Masterclass. n-ypTych's mandate is to provide exciting educational opportunities for professional and non-professional performers. 1\vo workshops are held anrwally. The winter workshop will feature a fully staged opera and the summer workshop fea­ . tu res works of musical theatre giants. This summer, SWeeney Todd, Street Scene or Most Happy Fellow will be performed. VIOLIN CRAFTSMANSHIP INSTITUTE Address: University of New Hampshire, Brook House, 24 Rosemary Lane, Durham, NH, USA 03824-3528 Phone: 603-862· 1088 Fax: 603·8~2-1495 E-mail: learn.dce@unh.edu Website: www.learn.unh.edu/violin Contact person: Janis Burton Program location: The University of New Hamp,shire, Durham, N. H. Application deadline: First session­ April 19; second session May 17 Dates: June 17 - Jtily 19 (dates for exact programs vary) Fees: Vary depending on workshops chosen; please call for a brochure Residential optional Age: 18+ Level: All Other activities offered: beaches on the Atlaptic Ocean, the foothills of the White Mountains, Boston, and the historic town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The Violin Craftsmanship Institut~ is a highly acclaimed, world renowned violin building and bow making institute with expert faculty, including Karl Roy, Horst L. Kloss, Lynn Armour Hannings, George Rubino, and Tom King. Programs include Bow Rehairing, Bow Repair, 'Bow Making, Violin Maintenance and Repair {Ba- • sic, Intermediate, and Advanced I & II), and Violin Building. VOCAL ART FORUM'S . Drama-in-Music Project Address: 446 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A8 Phone: 1416) 876-5859 E-mail: vocalart@gto.net Contact person: Peter Neff Program location: 446 Queen St. W. Toronto Application deadline: April 15 Audition dates: now! by appointment .Dates: training sessions and . rehearsals May-Sept., with performances in oct:/Nov. Fees: 0 - 0 Non-residential Age: Adult Level: Intermediate/Advanced 'I'ype: opera Singers in the Drama-in-Music Project will perfect techniques of coordinating singing with acting on the operatic stage. The Project leads to fully staged productions - with orchestra - of the operas rEgisto by Cavalli and Xerxes by Handel. Phase one {May-July, with flexible scheduling) involves musical, linguistic and dramatic preparation. Singers' participation in this phase will vary according to experience. Phase two (Aug.-Sept.) involves the final staging and rehearsals with the orchestra. M arch 1 -- Apri I 7 2002

.~CO\' ERIES IN DISCOVERIES THIS ISSUE CONCERT PREP CONCERT PREP page 47-50 DISCOVERIES is· a CD review section ~Exsu ltateJubilate-KarinaGauvin,soprano , designed to complement and enhance .our pre: eminent coverage ofToro~to '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. Note that many discs in the other categories also relate to upcoming events as noted; 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 ofour editorial panel; 4. "lndie list" - Small label and 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 WholeNbte '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.eom David Olds Editor, DISCOVER/ES CBCRadio Orchestra/Bernard Labadie - The Present Time: Songs from Shakespeare -Exultate Chamber Singers/John Tuttle -Robert Schumann -Anton Kuerti, piano -Handel arr. Mozart: Messiah Handel & Haydn Society/ Andrew'Parrott - Mendelssohn Violin Concertos in E and D Minor - Mayumi Seiler, violin - Shostakovich, Schnittke and Prokofiev: Sonatas for Cello and Piano - Yegor Dyachkov, Jean Saulnier - Peter Sculthorpe: Island Dreaming, String Quartets - Brodsky Quartet NEW AND RECENT RELEASES pages50-52 -Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Janaeek Sonatas - Elizabeth Dolin, cello; Francine Kay, Piano - Song of the Birds: Cello Favorites -Therese Motard, cello, Louise-Andre Baril, piano • -The Passiionate Englishman -Tanya Prochazka, cello, Janet Scott Hoyd, piano · - Brahms Cello Sonatas and Songs with Cello - Boyd Mcdonald, fortepiano, Paul Pulford, cello; Anne-Marie Donovan, mezzo soprano - Magic! - Peter Richard Conte, Organ -Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, CincinnatiSymphony Orchestra/Paavo Jarvi -Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition -Evgeny Kissin, piano - Korngold: The Sea Hawk - Music for four Errol Flynn Movies, London Symphony -Elliott Carfer -Nouvel Ensemble Moderne WORTH REPEATING pages 52-53 . -Compositions and Demonstrations 1946-197 4- Hugh Lecaine -Impulsion -Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux INDEPENDENT & SMALL LABEL RELEASES page 53-54 -Brahms: String Quartets Op. 51, No. 1 & 2- Penderecki String Quartet -Alogos -Bradshaw Pack -Ornaments -Allison Came.ron DISCS OF THE MONTH page 54 -French Showpieces/Concert francais -James Ehnes, violin -J.S. Bach: The Six Sonatas and Partitas'for Solo Violin - James Ehnes, violin Exsultate Jubilate Karina Gauvin, soprano CBC Radio Orchestra/Bernard Labadie I CBC Records SMCD 5211 This program of sacred solo repert_oire by Mozart and ·Schubert, paired with the final symphony of Haydn, makes for a somewhat curious collection. Thankfully, CBC Records gave the project to the care of .soprano Karina Gauvin and conductor Bernard. Labadie - two Canadians enjoying much critical acclaim these days. · The recording opens with Mozart's familiar Exsultate Jubilate, a four-movement tour de force, calling for lyrical, dramatic and coloratura soprano singing. This is obviously one ofGauvin's party pieces, for she handles the contrasts, long lines and technical challenges with panache and ease. I'm not ·always clear on the words she's singing; her vocal quality is so unabashedly beautiful th~t she often comes across as another instrumental colour in the texture. Labadie coaxes sensitive, stylistic playing from the CBC Orchestra and the overall effect is mellifluously pleasant. Buried in the middle of the disc are the four undistinguished short devotional pieces for soprano. The iwo by Mozart are really early operatic arias that happen to have sacred texts arid have a certain musicological interest and Gauvin sings ·them with great serenity and patience. I can't imagine that Franz ·Schubert would be happy knowing that we're still listening to the two pieces of his: included here. This is the part of CBC Records' mandate that I find puzzling. There's nothing wrong with providing Canadian performances of great works, but it's a bit of waste hear~ng them in uninteresting repertoire by otherwise great composers. Surely a much more worthwhile use of the over 25 minutes would be to introduce listeners to previously unrecorded works by a Canadian composers. The disc finishes with an elegant reading of the Symphony #104 of Haydn. Labadie brings a brilliant sense of sty le and balance to bear on the www.thewholenote.com 47

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