Posts Tagged ‘Keith Horner’

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

Trolling for Grieg – Janina Fialkowska, October 28, 2014

September 7, 2014

When Janina Fialkowska performs a selection of Grieg’s Lyric Pieces for MusicTORONTO October 28, she continues to champion the cause of a composer who remains his country’s most widely known cultural export, more than a century after his death. For Norway today, as it continues to preserve and discover a cultural identity outside mainstream Europe […]

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Mendelssohn's sketch of the Gartenhaus

Mendelssohn’s Octet – an athlete sets the bar high

October 13, 2013

When the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble brings the Mendelssohn Octet to MusicTORONTO at the end of the month, we’ll be treated to a work that has been at the heart of the ensemble’s repertoire since they were founded almost a half-century ago. It’s music they have played more frequently than any other work […]

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Only 88 hammers on the piano, you say? Pity!

January 12, 2013

When Marc-André Hamelin brings his latest delicious, over-the-top, home-baked treat to MusicTORONTO, the confection will be iced with enough piano-insider jokes to give a pianist’s fingers cavities. Hamelin will venture where few living pianists dare to venture and none can quite bring off with the Montreal-born pianist’s deadpan nonchalance – and chops! Hamelin’s 10-minute take […]

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The Mendelssohn family home at 3 Leipzigerstrasse, Berlin became the Upper Chamber of  the Prussian Parliament after Mendelssohn's death.  Mendelssohn's mother described its garden as "a park, with splendid trees, a field, grass-plots and a delightful summer residence."

Mendelssohn in Love

September 13, 2012

There’s a back story – a love story – to the remarkable quartet by Mendelssohn that the Attacca Quartet brings to MT later this month. A love story that lies in the shadow of the powerful, intellectually compelling A minor quartet, Op. 13, the first quartet that Mendelssohn wrote for a public audience. In it, […]

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Dancing on the graves

August 15, 2012

Brahms left slim pickings for the musical grave-robber. He composed in his head, not in a notebook – directly to his C:\\, as it were. Brahms also burned his sketches – reducing PhD candidates to tears. He also admitted to destroying dozens of completed works that fell short of his own exacting standards. Sibelius, too, […]

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Bartók also collected folk songs in Turkey in 1936.

Uncovering the roots of Bartók’s string quartets

March 8, 2012

  “The right type of peasant music is most varied and perfect in its forms. Its expressive power is amazing, and at the same time it is void of all sentimentality and superfluous ornaments. It is simple, sometimes primitive . . .  and a composer in search of new ways cannot be led by a […]

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(Barbara Stoneham Photography)

Rufus Wainwright’s All days are nights: Songs for Lulu

February 11, 2012

  “Depressing, lugubrious and down” is how Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus  Wainwright speaks of All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu.  The 48-minute song-cycle,  written during the long and painful death of his mother Kate McGarrigle, divided fans.  When the pop star toured the piece, alone at his piano, dressed in a 17-foot-long, black feathered cape, […]

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Melanie Kochert , wife of the jeweller to the Vienna court, remained Wolf's lover for most of hisadult life

Who’s afraid of Hugo Wolf?

January 5, 2012

The late 19th century Austrian composer Hugo Wolf was born into a great musical tradition.  By temperament, though, he remained an outsider.  Song – German art song – was the weapon of choice with which he confronted the Viennese Establishment.  With it, Wolf brought the tradition of Schubert and Schumann to a level of intensity […]

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Golijov Passion of St Mark curtain call

Golijov’s Quartet-in-progress

November 13, 2011

Osvaldo Golijov. “The idea of a string quartet gives him nightmares, I think! But most composers go through that with string quartets.” (Geoff Nuttall) “They came on stage like hungry cannibals and I felt a strange sense of tranquility,” said Argentina-born composer Osvaldo Golijov when the SLSQ gave the première of his quartet Yiddishbbuk at […]

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Portrait of Arensky in 1901, aged 40, five years before his death

“He will soon be forgotten.”

November 6, 2011

  “According to all testimony, his life had run a dissipated course between wine and card-playing. . . He will be soon forgotten.” (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – My Musical Life) Never have your teacher write your obituary. Particularly when he gets it wrong . . . Rimsky didn’t mention that Anton Arensky, his Russian student, wrote […]

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