DESKTOP
TABLET (max. 1024px)
MOBILE (max. 640px)
Return to Top
Ludwig Van
Toronto Montreal

Weekend listening: Ears get the candy from Canadian Opera Company's Semele today

By John Terauds on September 15, 2012

Jane Archibald was a magnificent Semele at the Canadian Opera Company last spring (Michael Cooper photo).

Saturday is one of those days when, for a few hours anyway, you can pretend it’s 1950 and leave the radio set to CBC Radio 2.

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds, the founder of Musical Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
John Terauds
  • The fun starts at 10 a.m. with wonderful Canadian pianist David Jalbert, currently based in Ottawa and brandishing two fine new albums, one of the Goldberg Variations and another with his chamber-music mates, Triple Forte, on This is My Music at 10 a.m. (Eastern).
  • Last spring’s Canadian Opera Company production of George Frideric Handel’s Semele — one of only two operas he wrote in English — was an embarrassing mishmash of clashing concepts, but it sounded fabulous. The great, shining star of the show was Nova Scotia-born soprano Jane Archibald as Semele. Conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini did a great job of giving the modern-instrument COC Orchestra historically-informed bounce and texture. You’ll find more info here. The broadcast starts at 1 p.m. (Eastern).

LEEDS PIANO COMPETITION

The prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition is underway and being broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The finalists’ concerts are being made available for re-listening here. (There are no Canadians on the list this time.)

ORGAN IN HD VIDEO

There’s a wonderful concert by French organist Thierry Escaich from the modest 16th century Franciscan cathedral of Saint-Pierre d’Annecy that’s all about the art of the toccata, prelude and fugue. This incredibly talented musician (titular organist at Saint-Etienne-du-Mont in Paris, which was Maurice Duruflé’s church) intersperses examples from great composers (including J.S. Bach, of course) with his own improvisations on the versatile 170-year-old instrument.

It’s streaming on medici.tv, which celebrated a banner summer, claiming 667,000 viewers of its live as well as archive concerts, opera performances and documentaries.

An August 5 performance of Ariadne auf Naxos from Salzburg gathered nearly 20,000 live viewers, with another 30,000 watching the opera on demand afterward, according to publicist Louise Barder.

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds, the founder of Musical Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
John Terauds
Share this article
lv_toronto_banner_high_590x300
comments powered by Disqus

Ludwig Van Toronto

RECORD KEEPING | A Tale Of Two Composer Prodigies

By Paul E. Robinson on September 12, 2017

This CD is a tale of two cities' young composer prodigies: George Gershwin to our south, and Quebec's André Mathieu.
Read the full story Comments
Share this article
lv_toronto_banner_high_590x300

IN MEMORIAM | Irene Salemka McGillivray (1931-2017)

By Jennifer Liu on August 28, 2017

A leading Canadian soprano on European opera stages in the 1950s and 60s, Irene Salemka McGillivray passed away Sunday in her Ontario home.
Read the full story Comments
Share this article

IN MEMORIAM | Boris Lysenko, Pianist And Professor Of Piano

By Jennifer Liu on August 30, 2017

Toronto is learning of the passing of Boris Lysenko, a fixture of the piano departments at the RCM and the University of Toronto.
Read the full story Comments
Share this article
lv_toronto_banner_low_590x300
lv_toronto_ssb_atf_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_high_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_mid_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_low_300x300
lv_toronto_tsb_high_300x700
lv_toronto_tsb_low_300x700
lv_toronto_ssb_atf_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_high_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_mid_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_low_300x300
lv_toronto_tsb_high_300x700
lv_toronto_tsb_low_300x700

We have detected that you are using an adblocking plugin in your browser.

The revenue we earn by the advertisements is used to manage this website. Please whitelist our website in your adblocking plugin.