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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

CD Découverte – Stéphan Sylvestre


CD Découverte – Stéphan Sylvestre


Tel qu’annoncé dans notre éditorial du mois de septembre, La Scena Musicale est heureuse d'offrir à nouveau des téléchargements gratuits de notre collection CD Découverte. L’initiative des CDs Découverte a été lancée en 2009 en partenariat avec les Disques Espace 21. Le but est de permettre aux abonnés de LSM de découvrir une nouvelle génération de musiciens et de redécouvrir les grands interprètes du passé.

Le CD découverte de cette semaine comprend des enregistrements du pianiste canadien Stéphan Sylvestre. Il s’agit d’oeuvres de Johannes Brahms dont 8 pièces pour piano, deux rhapsodies, trois intermezzo et un Albumblatt en A mineur op. posthume. CBC music affirme que son approche de Brahms est « beaucoup plus romantique [que Perahia], mais aussi intéressante. Sa manière de jouer est introspective et réfléchie, et est accompagné d’une sensibilité profonde. » 


Plusieurs critiques ont encensés Sylvestre. Il a été comparé à Artur Rubinstein pour son talent naturel (La Presse, Montréal). Sa carrière se déroule à l’internationale, ayant donné des récitals au Canada, aux Etats-Unis, au Brésil, au Moyent-Orient, en France, en Italie, en Écosse, en Irelande, en Angleterre. En République Tchèque, en Russie et aux Pays-Bas. 


Sylvestre s’implique beaucoup dans le monde musical. En plus de donner des concerts, il n’est pas rare qu’on fasse appel à lui pour diriger des Masterclass et pour faire partie d’un jury sur des compétitions de haut niveau tels le Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, le Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto et la Glenn Gould School, le Concours de musique du Canada, le Concours de l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal et le Concours international de musique de Montréal. Depuis 2005, il est professeur agrégé et responsable du département de piano à Western University, à London.


Stéphan Sylvestre se produira lors d’un concert gratuity le 10 mai 2015 à la Chapelle Historique duBon-Pasteur en l’honneur du centenaire de la mort d’Alexandre Scriabine. 


Pour en savoir plus sur Stéphan Sylvestre:
·       Cours de maître
·       Pianistes de la génération montante par Lucie Renaud
·       CBC Radio
·       Toronto Sun (Vidéo)

 
Liste des pistes:

JOHANNES BRAHMS [ 1833 - 1897 ]

KLAVIERSTÜCKE OP. 76 [ Piano Pieces – Pièces Pour Piano ]
01 no. 1 capriccio in F sharp minor / en fa dièse mineur. un poco agitato 3’20
02 no. 2 capriccio in B minor / en si mineur. allegretto non troppo 3’42
03 no. 3 intermezzo in a flat major / en la bémol majeur. Grazioso 2’12
04 no. 4 intermezzo in B flat major / en si bémol majeur. allegretto grazioso 2’25
05 no. 5 capriccio in c sharp minor / en do dièse mineur. agitato ma non troppo presto 3’09
06 no. 6 intermezzo in a major / en la majeur. andante con moto 4’14
07 no. 7 intermezzo in a minor / en la mineur. Moderato simplice 3’11
08 no. 8 capriccio in c major / en do majeur. Grazioso ed un poco vivace 3’29

ZWEI RHAPSODIEN OP. 79 [ Two rhapsodies – Deux rhapsodies ]
09 no. 1 in B minor / en si mineur 9’54
10 no. 2 in G minor / en sol mineur 6’15

DREI INTERMEZZI OP. 117 [ Three intermezzi – Trois intermezzi ]
11 no. 1 in e flat major / en mi bémol majeur. andante moderato 5’00
12 no. 2 in B flat minor / en si bémol mineur. andante non troppo e con molto espressione 4’47
13 no. 3 in c sharp minor / en do dièse mineur. andante con moto 6’00

ALBUMBLATT
14 [ in a Minor oP. PosTh 1853 - en la Mineur, oP. Posthume 1853 ] 1’58

Discovery CD – Stéphan Sylvestre


Discovery CD – Stéphan Sylvestre



As announced in the editorial of the September issue, La Scena Musicale is pleased to present the Discovery CD in partnership with Espace 21 Records, a CD downloads for our subscribers. The Discovery CD was launched in 2009 in partnership with Espace 21 Records. Its aim is to allow LSM Subscribers to discover a new generation of musicians, along with discovering great musicians of the past.

This week’s Discovery CD is Canadian pianist Stephan Sylvestre’s latest record. It consists of works by Johannes Brahms, including 8 piano pieces, two rhapsodies, three intermezzi and an Albumblatt in A minor op. posthumous. CBC music calls his approach to Johannes Brahms “much more romantic [than Perahia], but equally appealing. His playing is introspective and thoughtful, imbued with a deep sensitivity.”

Many critics have praised Sylvestre. He was compared to Artur Rubinstein for his natural talent (La Presse, Montreal). His career takes place on an international scale, having performed in Canada, the United States, Brazil, the Middle East, France, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, England, Czech Republic, Russia and the Netherlands.

Sylvestre is very active in the music world. In addition to concerts, he conducts masterclasses and is regularly invited on the jury of international competitions such as the Canadian Music Competition, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, the Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition and the Montreal International Musical Competition. Since 2005, he has been associate professor and head of keyboard studies at Western University Canada.


Sylvestre will give a free recital on May 10, 2015 at the Chapelle Historiquedu Bon-Pasteur on the centennial of Alexandre Scriabine’s death.



Read more about Stéphan Sylvestre:



·       Tomorrow’s Pianists by Lucie Renaud

·       CBC Radio


·       Toronto Sun (Video)



TRACK LIST:

JOHANNES BRAHMS [ 1833 - 1897 ]

KLAVIERSTÜCKE OP. 76 [ Piano Pieces – Pièces Pour Piano ]
01 no. 1 capriccio in F sharp minor / en fa dièse mineur. un poco agitato 3’20
02 no. 2 capriccio in B minor / en si mineur. allegretto non troppo 3’42
03 no. 3 intermezzo in a flat major / en la bémol majeur. Grazioso 2’12
04 no. 4 intermezzo in B flat major / en si bémol majeur. allegretto grazioso 2’25
05 no. 5 capriccio in c sharp minor / en do dièse mineur. agitato ma non troppo presto 3’09
06 no. 6 intermezzo in a major / en la majeur. andante con moto 4’14
07 no. 7 intermezzo in a minor / en la mineur. Moderato simplice 3’11
08 no. 8 capriccio in c major / en do majeur. Grazioso ed un poco vivace 3’29

ZWEI RHAPSODIEN OP. 79 [ Two rhapsodies – Deux rhapsodies ]
09 no. 1 in B minor / en si mineur 9’54
10 no. 2 in G minor / en sol mineur 6’15

DREI INTERMEZZI OP. 117 [ Three intermezzi – Trois intermezzi ]
11 no. 1 in e flat major / en mi bémol majeur. andante moderato 5’00
12 no. 2 in B flat minor / en si bémol mineur. andante non troppo e con molto espressione 4’47
13 no. 3 in c sharp minor / en do dièse mineur. andante con moto 6’00

ALBUMBLATT
14 [ in a Minor oP. PosTh 1853 - en la Mineur, oP. Posthume 1853 ] 1’58

Cette semaine à Montréal : 20 au 26 avril


Cette semaine à Montréal : 20 au 26 avril 
par Renée Banville, Claudie Provencher, Rebecca Anne Clark et  Wah Keung Chan
 
Valérie Milot


20e anniversaire du FMCM 12 mars au 21 juin 2015

Les célébrations du Festival de musique de chambre de Montréal sont lancées dès le printemps avec la série Célébrité qui commençait en mars avec les Swingle Singers et se poursuit avec le Preservation Hall Jazz Band (2 avril) et l’Emerson String Quartet (12 mai). Les séries Élégance classique et JazzTD se dérouleront du 6 au 21 juin. Porte-parole pour le festival, la soprano Marie-Josée Lord a conçu le spectacle Femmes qui rend hommage à de grandes sopranos du 20e siècle. Élaborée par Denis Brott, la programmation reflète l'esprit de la fête, mais exprime aussi la résilience et l'espoir. Le festival se déploie cette année dans diverses salles de concert. www.festivalmontreal.org RB



Nézet-Séguin et Tétreault sur scène à Montréal

Le programme Jardins anglais du 17 avril à la Maison symphonique présente l'artiste en résidence à l'Orchestre Métropolitain, Stéphane Tétreault, qui interprète le Concerto pour violoncelle d'Elgar, sous la direction de Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Repris en tournée en avril : Rivière-des-Prairies (16), Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (19), Verdun (21), Pierrefonds (23). www.orchestremetropolitain.com  RB



En route avec le Quatuor Molinari

Dans sa série En route, le Quatuor Molinari propose trois chefs-d'œuvre : le Quatuor no 12, écrit par Murray Schafer spécialement pour eux, le Quatuor no 4 de Chostakovitch et le célèbre Quatuor en sol de Debussy. Avec l'appui du Conseil des arts de Montréal, 10 concerts seront présentés dans les arrondissements. En avril : Maison de la culture Plateau-Mont-Royal (19) et Auditorium Le Prévost (24). En mai : Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur (14). http://quatuormolinari.qc.ca RB



Guitare Montréal
24-26 avril,
www.guitaremontreal.com

Ce festival de fin de semaine combine des concerts, des conférences, des cours de maîtres, une exposition et un concours offrant 4000 $ en prix. Le festival commence le vendredi 24 avril par un concert de l’Orchestre de la Société de guitare de Montréal, sous la direction de Dave Pilon et accompagné par le virtuose tchèque de la guitare Vladislav Bláha et le gagnant du Concours de la relève 2014, Alan Liu. Luthier et vendeurs de guitares exposeront leur marchandise samedi et dimanche. Samedi, il sera possible d’entendre Miodrag Zerdoner, le gagnant de l’an dernier, et David Leisner, guitariste new-yorkais bien connu. La finale du Concours international de guitare classique de Montréal se tiendra dimanche après-midi entre 13 h et 14 h. Tous les concerts présentés dans le cadre du festival auront lieu à 20 h au Théâtre DB Clarke de l’Université Concordia (1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest). Les billets coûtent 27 $ et le festival propose une réduction pour les étudiants et les aînés. RC



Fondation Arte Musica

Sous le thème « cordes et discorde », la compositrice canadienne Ana Sokolović présentera son opéra pour voix seule, Love Songs, qui sera par la suite interprété par la soprano Kristin Hoff. 17 avril, salle Bourgie.

L’intégrale des cantates de Bach de la Fondation Arte Musica continue. Le concert donné par Capella Antica McGill a particulièrement attiré notre attention, étant donné la renommée de l’ensemble. Y seront interprétés les cantates sur des livrets de la poétesse Christiane Mariane von Ziegler. 26 avril, salle Bourgie. www.mbam.qc.ca/musique        CP



Actéon, la mythologie revisitée

Pour son concert annuel mettant en vedette un opéra baroque, la compagnie Baroque Mont-Royal, qui rappelons-le se dédie à « l’interprétation de musique et d’opéras anciens », présente un opéra de Marc-Antoine Charpentier mis en scène par Jon David. Opéra miniature de six scènes basé sur un mythe ancien, Actéon raconte l’histoire d’un jeune chasseur surprenant au bain la déesse Diane et ses nymphes. Le sort tragique d’Actéon en fait l’un des mythes les plus populaires de l’Antiquité.

Il sera possible d’entendre David Menzies, Chelsea Mahan, Kristi Bryson, Kripa Nageschwar, Meagan Zantingh et Marie-Andrée Matthieu accompagnés du Quinette de la CBMR. Salle Victoria de Westmount, les 25 et 26 avril. www.cbmroyal.com CP



Les cordes endiablées de Valérie Milot

Conçu afin de marier des œuvres du répertoire traditionnel de la harpe et des transcriptions du répertoire, le récital de Valérie Milot permettra au spectateur d'apprécier les infinies possibilités de cet instrument. Au programme : Smetana, Britten, Tailleferre et Tournier. Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, 26 avril, 15 h 30. www.accesculture.com RB


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This Week in Montreal : April 20 – 26


This Week in Montreal : April 20 – 26

by Renée Banville, Claudie Provencher, Rebecca Anne Clark and Wah Keung Chan
 

Molinari Quartet

20th anniversary of the FMCM – March 12-June 21 2015
The celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Festival de musique de chamber de Montréal takes off this spring with the Celebrity Series, beginning in March with the Swingle Singers and continuing with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (April 2) and the Emerson String Quartet (May 12). The Elegance Classique and JazzTD Series will take place from June 6-21. Soprano Marie-Josée Lord, spokeswoman for the festival, will perform her show Femmes, paying tribute to the great sopranos of the twentieth century. Developed by Denis Brott, the festival programming embodies a spirit of celebration, resilience and hope. This year’s festival will take place in various concert halls. www.festivalmontreal.org RB

Nézet-Séguin and Tétreault On Stage in Montreal
The program English Gardens on April 17 at the Maison Symphonique features Stéphane Tétreault, artist in residence at the Orchestre Métropolitain, performing the Elgar Cello Concerto under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Seguin. The program will be repeated on tour in April: Rivière-des-Prairies (16), Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (19), Verdun (21), and Pierrefonds (23). www.orchestremetropolitain.com RB

En Route with the Molinari Quartet
As part of its En route series, the Molinari Quartet presents three masterworks: Murray Schafer’s Quartet no. 12, written especially for them; Shostakovich’s Quartet no. 4; and the famous Quartet in G minor by Debussy. With the support of the Montreal Arts Counsel, ten concerts will be presented throughout the Montreal area. In April: Maison de la culture Plateau-Mont-Royal (19) and Auditorium Le Prévost (24). In May: Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur (14). http://quatuormolinari.qc.ca RB

Guitare Montréal
April 24-26,
www.guitaremontreal.com
This weekend festival combines performances, lectures, masterclasses, an exhibition, and a competition with over $4,000 in prizes. The festival begins Friday night with a performance by the Montreal Guitar Society under the direction of Dave Pilon, plus Czech guitar virtuoso Vladislav Bláha and Alan Liu, winner of last year’s Youth Competition. Guitar luthiers and vendors will be displaying their wares all day Saturday and Sunday. Saturday evening features a performance by last year’s competition winner, Miodrag Zerdoner, and renowned New York guitarist David Leisner. On Sunday afternoon, the Montreal Guitar Society Competition finals will be held from 1-4 pm. All concerts take place at 8 pm at Concordia’s DB Clarke Theatre (1455 de Maisonneuve W). Tickets are $27 with discounts for students and seniors. RC

Fondation Arte Musica
Based around the theme “Consonance and Dissonance”, Canadian composer Ana Sokolović presents her opera for solo voice, Love Songs, performed by soprano Kristin Hoff. April 17, Bourgie Hall.
The integral Bach Canatas continues at Bourgie Hall. The concert given by Capella Antica McGill looks especially interesting, given the ensemble’s renown. The cantatas will be performed based on libretto by poet Christiane Mariane von Ziegler on April 26. www.bourgiehall.ca CP

Actéon: Mythology Revisited
For its annual concert featuring baroque opera, the Compagnie Baroque Mont-Royal, which is dedicated to the performance of early music and operas, presents a Marc-Antoine Charpentier opera, staged by Jon David. A short six-scene opera based on an ancient myth, Acéton tells the story of a young hunter who surprised the goddess Diana and her nymphs as they bathed. The tragic fate of Actaeon remains one of the most popular myths of antiquity.
Audiences can hear David Menzies, Chelsea Mahan, Kristi Bryson, Kripa Nageschwar, Meagan Zantingh, and Marie-Andrée Matthieu, accompanied by the CBMR Quintet. Victoria Hall, Westmount, April 25 and 26. www.cbmroyal.com CP

The Wild Strings of Valérie Milot
Conceived as a marriage of traditional harp repertoire and transcriptions, this recital by Valérie Milot shows audiences the infinite possibilities of the instrument. A program of Smetana, Britten, Tailleferre and Tournier. Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, April 26, 3:30 pm. www.accesculture.com RB


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Sunday, 19 April 2015

This Week in Toronto (April 20 - 26)

My Toronto Concert Picks for the Week of April 20 to 26

~ Joseph So


Canadian conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin

In my book, the brilliant Yannick Nezet-Seguin is the Canadian conductor of the 21st century. Immensely talented and charismatic, he exudes the joy of music-making every time he steps onto the podium. His star is certainly shining the brightest among all the Canucks, as head honcho in Philadelphia, Rotterdam, London Phil, and an exclusive contract with DG. This is in addition to his "old band" the Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand Montreal (its full name). And he's only 40 years old!  I'll never forget interviewing him for an article in the Debut column of Opera Canada in spring of 2003. Back then he had just been appointed principal guest conductor of the Victoria Symphony. It's staggering how far he has gone in the musical world in a dozen years.  Nezet-Seguin and the Orchestre Metropolitain is coming to Koerner Hall on Friday April 24 8 pm in an all-English program - Elgar's Enigma Variations and Cello Concerto, plus Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 4. This is a concert not to be missed.  https://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/orchestre_metropolitain

Cellist Stephane Tetreault

The wonderful soloist in the concerto is cellist Stephane Tetreault, who is also in town for the Career Development Award Live Competition under the auspices of the Women's Musical Club of Toronto. There are three finalists this year - pianists Pierre-Andre Doucet and Charles Richard Hamelin, and as well as cellist Stephane Tetreault. It takes place on Sunday April 26 1:30 to 4:30 pm at Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building. The three finalists are competing for prizes of $20,000 (first), $10,000 (second) and $5,000 (third). This will be an exciting event. Julie Nesrallah of CBC Radio Two is the host. http://www.wmct.on.ca/


Josh Hopkins (Figaro) and Serena Malfi (Rosina) in COC Barber of Seville (Photo: Michael Cooper)

The Canadian Opera Company's spring season opened last Friday with a scintillating production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville. I have to say I'm not a huge Rossini fan, but I find this a terrific show! Joan Font (and Els Comediants) heads the Spanish creative team behind this production, the same people who did the marvelous La cenerentola seen here two seasons ago.  As Figaro, we have the beautiful lyric baritone of Canadian Joshua Hopkins, last heard locally as Marcello in La boheme. Rosina is the Italian rising-star mezzo Serena Malfi. American tenor Alek Shrader, whose memorable Albert Herring I had the pleasure of seeing a few years ago in Santa Fe, is Almaviva. The revelation on opening night was the Bartolo of the great Italian buffo Renato Girolami. Given that there are twelve performance (plus an Ensemble show), most roles are double-cast. But the alternate cast won't start until early in May. Performances this week on April 21 7:30 pm and April 26 2 pm at the Four Seasons Centre. http://www.coc.ca/Home.aspx



Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian

On April 22 8 pm at Roy Thomson Hall, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is presenting Ararat: Music of Armenia. It features Three Songs by Gomidas, Khachaturian's Violin Concerto, selections from Masquerade and Spartacus, and a new suite by Canadian composer Mychael Danna for Atom Egoyan's movie Ararat. Soloists include soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, violinist Sergey Khachatryan, and pianist Serouj Kradjian. Peter Oundjian conducts the TSO.  http://tso.ca/en-ca/concerts-and-tickets/2014-2015-Season/EventDetails/Ararat-Music-of-Armenia.aspx

On April 24 7:30 pm (repeated April 25 at 2 and 7:30), the Toronto Symphony Orchestra supplies the orchestral accompaniment to the Disney film, Fantasia. The TSO has done similar events before and these are always family favourites. TSO Pops Conductor Steven Reineke is at the helm.

TSYO Conductor Shalom Bard

The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the baton of Shalom Bard, gives a concert of Mahler's Symphony No. 1, at Koerner Hall on Thursday April 23 at 7:30 pm.  http://tso.ca/en-ca/concerts-and-tickets/2014-2015-Season/EventDetails/Toronto-Symphony-Youth-Orchestra-Spring-Concert.aspx

Violinist Aisslinn Nosky (Photo: Matthew Marigold)

Canadian violinist Aisslinn Nosky is the guest director of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Baroque Misbehaving, a program of works by Purcell, Charpentier and Telemann, plus a new commission of Oesterle's Snow White. Performances at the Trinity St. Paul Centre on April 23 8 pm, as well as on April 24, 25, 26 (mat.) and 28, this last at the George Weston Recital Hall. http://www.tafelmusik.org/







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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Canadian Art Song Project Announces Recital Series for 2015-16

CASP has exciting news!


We are happy to announce that in the 2015­-16 season CASP will begin a new series of concerts:
The Canadian Art Song Project Recital Series.

This, the first series of ticketed concerts presented by CASP, marks the next stage in our artistic development and mission of introducing Canadian audiences to their own art song repertoire. After four years of annual “Celebration of Canadian Art Song” concerts as a part of the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, CASP will expand to offer two additional intimate recitals starring established and emerging Canadian artists proudly presenting Canadian works alongside European and American song.

The first recital will present a new cycle by Erik Ross (The Living Spectacle) along with works by Brian Harman (Sewing the Earthworm), Richard Strauss (Ophelia Lieder) and American Libby Larsen (Try Me, Good King). The second concert will feature song by Canadians Chester Duncan, Larysa Kuzmenko (In Search of Eldorado) and Imant Raminsh (The Pilgrim Soul)  as well as works by Gustav Mahler (Songs of a Wayfarer) and Dominick Argento (The Andrée Expedition). Tickets will be on sale in September 2015 at www.canadianartsongproject.ca.

The fifth annual “Celebration of Canadian Art Song” concert will be held on May 5, 2016 at 12 noon as part of the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.

(l. to r.) Steven Philcox, Carla Huhtanen, David Brock, Brian Harman, Lawrence Wiliford (Photo: Joseph So)
Tenor Lawrence Wiliford (Photo: Joseph So)

Composer Brian Harman (Photo: Joseph So)

Soprano Carla Huhtanen (Photo: Joseph So)

Writer David James Brock (Photo: Joseph So)

At the announcement on April 17th at the Canadian Music Centre, soprano Carla Huhtanen and pianist Steven Philcox performed Sewing the Earthworm, a CASP commissioned song cycle by composer Brian Harman and Writer David James Brock. Combining elements of poetry, drama, opera and new music, the piece explores a woman's loss of physical control over her body and the effect this has on her mental stability. After the performance, the creative team was joined by moderator Lawrence Wiliford for an open Q&A.  ~  Photos by Joseph So

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