During the year marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Delius (he died in 1934), we’ve heard almost nothing of his music in Toronto. His symphonic tone poems evocative of the sights and sounds of nature are particularly endearing.
Orchestral concerts are a lot of fun, but for those who have never been, going to see a show can raise a lot of questions. After taking some classical music newbies to see the symphony, a few common queries emerged.
The lifetime of Sibelius (1865-1957), like that of equally long-lived George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), spans such major changes in Western society, politics and culture, that they lived in two different worlds — the Romantic and the Modern.
There is such a fuss coming up over the next two weeks as people latch on to the Big International Brand that is Glenn Gould. In Toronto there will be concerts, lectures and all sorts of weirdness at Convocation Hall.
The lure, lore and loss that are integral to our relationship with big lakes and oceans were irresistible subjects for symphonic tone poets at the height of this form’s popularity in the early 20th century.