CD Reviews: Nash Ensemble and Angela Hewitt offer two different takes on Robert Schumann
The Mayor of Ottawa has declared this to be Angela Hewitt
Week, in honour of a native daughter who has become one of the world’s most respected pianists.
Book review: Operatic disaster is a dish Lotfi Mansouri serves hilarious
The 184-page paperback contains two-dozen full-length anecdotes that are pretty much guaranteed to cause laughter. These are supplemented by assorted shorter reminiscences of gaffes, misses and near-disasters.
SCRUTINY | Talisker Players: Spirit Dreaming
Talisker Players combine poetic and mythical traditions for an innovative concert with modern vocal chamber music.
Review: 21C Music Festival Faster Still Anaïs Nin - forbidden desire and one sinful red couch
The first performance of the evening was Greek-Canadian composer Christos Hatzis’s third string quartet, The Questioning. Most of Hatzis’ recent music grapples with postmodernism, multiculturalism and its often-tenuous relationship with Western classical music. Hatzis’ string quartet, which opens with a recording of Greek Orthodox chant, blends elements of Eastern music and contemporary classical form and techniques. Extended techniques on the strings conjured images of both contemporary classical music and non-Western instruments; expressive portamento recalled the quarter-tone slides of Eastern vocal techniques, as well as late Romantic string quartet music. The overarching form of the quartet’s three movements, though cast as a cyclical spiritual journey, ultimately recalled the traditional Western musical narrative of exposition, development and tension, and eventual resolution. Despite the extra-musical narratives of spiritual struggle, the strongest characteristics ultimately lay in the quartet’s traditional form, which produced an utmost musical clarity.
LINES OF ENQUIRY | A Cathedral for Cathodes: J'Acousmatic Vol. 2 Lights Up Ottawa's Electroacoustic Scene
By Curtis Perry on September 25, 2014
Ottawa's electroacoustic music scene? After one discovers it exists, one realizes how vital and vibrant it is.
Jeff Morton greeted the supportive and sizeable crowd on the evening of Saturday September 13th at the University of Ottawa's Freiman Hall in an appropriately mixed combination of grey blazer with dirty red sneakers. "There's a lot to be seen on this stage, but there's a lot of mystery too," he enthused, before promptly giving way to the music...
Album review: A grandly expressive take on the St Matthew Passion from a student of J.S. Bach
This particular setting of the St Matthew Passion doesn’t have a date attached to it, but it was written after Homilius (1714-1785) became a church music director in Dresden in 1755 and before Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach moved to Hamburg to take on a church music directorship in 1768.
CD review: Is this the Schubert we should expect?
Give the music too much punch and it starts to break up into ugly pieces. Don’t give it enough, and it sits limply by the wayside, like an overheated summer hiker.
SCRUTINY: National Ballet’s Le Petit Prince Blooms Into Beautiful Sight, Sound And Movement At Its World Premiere
Two hours of arresting dance with striking visuals and music to make National Ballet’s Le Petit Prince come alive.
SCRUTINY | Toronto Symphony's Gould Tribute Almost Pure Gold
Pianist Jan Lisiecki and the TSO's re-enactment of the Brahms D minor Concerto superb, but it was Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll that won us over.
RECORD KEEPING | Brahms' Heart And Soul With A Canadian Twist
For many Canadian music-lovers, clarinettist James Campbell will be the main attraction on this new Naxos CD.