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Volume 8 Issue 7 - April 2003

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WholeNote's Special Editorial Focus and Publication Schedule to March 2004 MAY 1TOJUNE7, 2003 Editorial Focus: Choral Celebration Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2003 Count Your Choir In! WholeNote Magazine invites all choirs in Southern and Southwestern Ontario to participate in Choral Celebration, a special.feature which will appear in May 2003. Wh61eNote's Choral Celebration will include a free directory entry for every participating choir, telling readers who you are, how oft~n you rehearse and perform, how to gf)t in touch, ahd where and when to audition or apply. Deadline for directory entries is Friday, April 4. To couht your choir in, e-mail or call 416-603-3786. JUNE 1 TO JULY 7 Editorial focus: Overview of Summer Music Festivals Published: Thursday, May 29, 2003 Festivals that were in The WholeNote (ast June will be contacted. If your festival is new or was not in the magazine last year, please contact us to be added to the summer festival list. JULY 1 TO SEPTEMBER 'f Editorial focus: Detailed Listings of Summer Music Festivals Published: Friday, June 27, 2003 SEPTEMBER 1 TO OCTOBER 7 Editorial Focus: Gommunity Bands Published: Thurs., Aug. 28, 2003 OCTOBER 1 TO NOVEMBER 7 Editorial Focus: WholeNote Members, 2003-04 Published: Fri., Sept. 26, 2003 NOVEMBER 1 TO DECEMBER 7 Editorial Focus: New Music Published: Thurs., Oct. 30, 2003 DECEMBER 1, 2003 TO °FERUARY 7, 2004 Editorial Focus: TBA Published: Thurs., Nov. 27, 2003 FEBRUARY 1 TO MARCH 7, 2004 Editorial Focus: Music and Health Published: Thurs ., Jan. 29, 2004 MARCH 1 APRIL 7, 2004 Editorial Focus: Summer Music Education Published: Thurs., Feb. 26, 2004 DEADLINES: (All dates refer to the month prior to publication of the magazine. Holidays may alter the schedules shown below.) Listings: 15th of the month · Advertising Reservations: 18th of the month B&W (Colour, 13th) Advertising Material Delivery: 20th of the month CONTACTS: Listings: Simone Desilets 416-323-2232 Advertising Reservations: Allan Pulker or Karen Ages 416-323-2232 Editorial: David Perlman 416-603-3786 With a monthly circulation of 31,500 copies, WholeNote provides reliable monthly live concert listings to an enthusiastic circle of readers in Southern Ontario, many of whom are also active participants in choirs, ensembles and orchestras. DISCoveries is a CD review section . d~signed to complement and enhance our pre-eminent coverage of Toronto's live classical, jazz and new music concert scene, featuring reviews by WholeNote columnists . and independent contributors. CDs are considered for review in the following categories: 1. "Concert prep" - CDs, new or otherwise, which tie in with events Kirkby" , is quite different. Kirkby being featured in the current issue of actually started out as a classical the magazine: Many discs in the other scholar, and this program was origcategories also relate to upcoming inally presented in lieu of an inauguevents as noted; ral lecture when she was invited to 2. New and Recent Releases - be honorary president of an associanewly released CDs relevant to our . tion of classical scholars. It features magazine's coverage of the music · 17th and early 18th century English scene; ' lute songs with texts either by ancient 3. "Worth repeating" - CDs authors, or based on ancient themes. newly re-issued, or previously Kirkby sings two Odes of Horace released but still generally available, by John Wilson in their original deemed particularly noteworthy by Latin. Two unique songs by Henry a member of our editorial panel; Lawes are sung in the original an- 4. "lndie list" - Small label and cient Greek of Anacreon, then preindependent release CDs, often sented in alternative settings by the featuring individuals or groups active same composer in their "English' d" on the local music scene. versions. Thomas Campion's When S. "Disc(s) of the month" - Discs to her Lute Corinna sings brings out of special interest, often with a Kirkby's wit, while in Nicholas particular connection to the month's Lanier' s tragic Hero and Leander she concert activities or editorial focus. creates a highly dramatic narrative. (This month we complete our round- This features colourful interplay with up of the JUNO nominees in the 4 the theorbo-lute ofKirkby's long-time Classical categories. See page 60.) We welcome your feedback and invite submissions .. Catalogues, re­ . view copies of CDs and comments should be sent to: The WholeNote, 60 Bellevue A venue, Toronto ON MST 2N4. We also welcome your input via our website , www . thewhole11ote. corn. David Olds Editor, DISCoveries CONCERT PREP Classical Kirkby (Orpheus and Corinna) .• Emma Kirkby, soprano Anthony Rooley, theorbo-lute BISCD-1435 British soprano Emma Kirkby possesses the ideal voice for early music - flexible, clear and radiant. Among her numerous honours, she was chosen to make the first recording of a recently discovered Gloria by Handel, a work she will perform with Tafelmusik in mid­ April. But her latest recording, "Classical partner Anthony Rooley, although, unfortunately, he has been recorded too recessively. The music of Handel's under-appreciated rival Maurice Green has long been championed by Kirkby, and his setting of Shill,cesps:are' s famous Orpheus with his Lute is ·irresistible . in its depiction of the billowing sea. John Weldon's Stop, o ye waves continues the nautical theme with a catchy dotted-note figure, stylishly supported, as throughout this delightful recording, by Rooley. Pamela Margles Concert Note: Emma Kirkby performs with Tajelmusik Orchestra and Choir on Wednesday, April 9, at 7:00 pm, April 10-12 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday April 13 at 2:00 pm. George Crumb Complete Edition Volumes 1-6 Various artists Bridge Records ( An imposing self-assigned responsibility informs every note of George ·Crumb's music: a composer should · 62 www April 1 - May 7 2003

add only exceptional pieces to music history's long list of works. Crumb acquits this responsibility admirably. In 1962, at the age of thirty-three, he produced his first work combinin~ unprecedented extensions of ~ononty using numerological structures for organizing harmony, rhythm, . a.nd form. Sometimes the sononties come from virtuosic stretching of familiar instruments and voice. Other times they come from unusual instrumentation played in unusual ways: sitar, electric bass, carillon, and more. A second assumed responsibility ·is never standing still. Crumb aims to make each work unique. The forces range from works for solo instrumentalists to the mammoth Star­ Child (Vollline 3, Bridge 9095) with its multiple orchestras, chorus and children's chorus, trombone and solo soprano. From the first measures you know that you are entering a new sonic world. The best place to start in this superb set from Bridge (manufactured and distributed in Canada by Verge is the recent Volume 6 (Bridge 9127), which has a good sampling of Crumb's wares. You get the Pulitzer-winning Echoes of Time and the River Gnomic Variations featuring a sol~ piano played like nothing you've heard before, the ~a~toral Drone for organ and the mt1mate Four Nocturnes for violin and piano. A special bonus is the inclusion of the first compact disc reissue of the 1971 performance of Lux Aetema by the late Jan De Gaetani for whom Crumb wrote much of his vocal music. Then I would go to Volume 2 (Bridge 9069), which features two ?f the compositions that we can hear m concert this month: Quest, a chamber piece composed for. guitarist David Starobin; and a return to Crumb's passion for the poetry of . Federico Garcia Lorca, Federico's Little Songs For Children. I eagerly await the next installment in this ambitious project. Volume 7 is due out in June of this year and will include Crumb's take on the horrors of the Viemam war, Black Angels for amplified string quartet. Phil Ehrensaft Concert Note: Students of the Glenn Gould School perform well-known works by George Crumb including Black Angels on April 11 at 7:30 at the Royal Conservatory of Music. New Music Concerts presents "The Unknown Crumb " (including Quest and Federico's Little Songs) on April 13 at Glenn Gould Studio. 100 Years of Dance Orchestre symphonique de Quebec; Yoav Talmi Analekta FL 2 3156 The OSQ reveal themselves as hale and hearty as they enter the second century since their founding, responding readily to Yoav Talmi's gracefully melded phrasings and s~lr tie nuances of tempo and dynamics. Eight st:lections from the exceedingly familiar Slavonic Danc~s by Dvorak provide the first 30 mmutes of this album. Dvorak's presence returns in the concluding 15 minutes as well, as orchestrator of five of six Hungarian Dances by his proponent, Brahms. Sandwiched between these 19th century stalwarts are a trio of popular modern selections, beginning with Bart6k's 1917 Rumanian Folk Dances. Quebec is well represented by Claude Champagne's triedand-true Danse villageoise and Fran~ois Dompierre's recent Les Diableries for violin and orchestra. The flashy Dompierre work, with its echoes of the same Quebecois fiddling traditions that inform Champagne's work, is incisively performed by OSQ concertmaster Darren Lowe. The recorded sound achieves both great depth and clarity, with the violins distributed to the left and right in the 19th century manner. As enjoyable as these performances may be, I find it frustrating that this narrowly focused sequence of dance tracks gives little sense of what thi~ vene~able orchestra might achieve m weightier repertoire. . Daniel Foley Concert Note: Yoav Talmi leads the Quebec Symphony Orchestra in some weightier fare at Roy Thomson Hall April 1 - May 7 2003 www

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