This Week in Montreal: November 25 to December 7
The annual performance of the Goldberg Variations has become a tradition for the MBF. This year, French pianist Alexandre Tharaud will perform them. Renowned musicologist Gilles Cantagrel, a world specialist of JSB, will present a talk before concerts. Salle Bourgie, Friday November 29 and Saturday November 30.
The St. Lawrence Choir and the Ensemble Caprice will present Bach’s Christmas Oratoria, parts 1, 2, 3 and 4. With Stéphanie Manias, soprano, Laura Pudwell, alto, Michiel Schrey, tenor and Geoffrey Sirett, bass, and Christopher Jackson as conductor. Church of Saint-Léon-de-Westmount, Sunday December 1, 3 pm.
Swedish guitarist Göran Söllscher, one of the greatest virtuosi of the world, offers a diversified musical journey: Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Helmich Roman, Sylvius Leopold Weiss, and Arvo Pärt. Swedish folksongs will also be part of the program. Tana Schulich Hall, Thursday December 5.
The OSM Chorus and the OSM under the direction of Kent Nagano will conclude the 2013 edition of the MBF with J. S. Bach’s majestic Mass in B. Soloists include Sibylla Rubens, soprano, Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano, Julian Prégardien, tenor and Markus Werba, bass. Maison symphonique, Friday 6 and Saturday December 7. Unless otherwise noted, the concerts begin at 7:30 pm. www.festivalbachmontreal.com
During the 18th Century, all of London would visit the city’s gardens to listen to music in elegant kiosks. The Compagnie Baroque, directed from the harpsichord by Susan Toman, recreates this atmosphere by proposing renowned works for theatre by Purcell, Handel and other London composers. Soprano Ellen Wieser and flutist Vincent Lauzer will join the ensemble. Church Jean XXIII, November 21, 10:30 and Maison de la culture Frontenac, November 25, 20 h. www.accesculture.com
Developed for families and schools, the Youth Spirit series of the Music Lovers of the Future program will be conducted this year by maestro Nézet-Séguin. 13 year-old pianist Daniel Clarke Bouchard will perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto no 2. In-residence composer Éric Champagne will offer his comic strip-inspired creation, Le jeune blondinet et son tigre philosophe (“The young blond boy and his philosopher tiger”). Comedian Daniel Brière will narrate Peter and the Wolf. The concert will end with Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Théâtre Outremont, November 27, 7:30 pm. www.orchestremetropolitain.com
For its second concert as ensemble in residence at the Chapelle, Transmission presents an American road trip: works by Reich, Ives, Adams, Lang, Carter and Feldman. November 22, 8pm.
Since his Asian debut and the release of his first solo album in 2008, pianist Mathieu Gaudet has become renowned for the passion and intelligence of his musical language. Works by Mozart, Brahms, Schumann and Schubert make up the programme. November 28, 8pm. www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/chapellebonpasteur
First prize winner of the Grimsby International Singers Competition in England and of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, tenor Christoph Genz will premiere at the LMMC on November 10 at 3:30. The concert will feature the American String Quartet in a sextet with violist Roberto Diaz and cellist Andrés Diaz for Brahms’ sextets. December 1, 3:30. www.lmmc.ca
In homage to the legendary Canadian contralto Maureen Forrester, Jeunesses Musicales of Canada presents Songs of Life and Love. This is an electrifying debut for soprano Simone Osborne, who is originally from Vancouver and has garnered critical acclaim as well as receiving numerous prestigious prizes. A romantic musical program with the celebrated cycle A Woman’s Love and Life by Robert Schumann, plus some of the best-loved melodies by Richard Strauss, Reynaldo Hahn and Vincenzo Bellini. Anne Larlee is at the piano. Presented as part of the series La Musique sur un plateau, Maison des JMC, December 4, 6:00. Cocktail at 5:15. www.jeunessemusicales.com