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Monday, February 2, 2009

NAC, Feb. 10: Radu Lupu gives a solo piano recital of Beethoven and Schubert

The phenomenal Radu Lupu gives a solo piano recital of Beethoven and Schubert at the NAC on Feb. 10

Ottawa, Canada ĺ─ý A true colossus in the world of music, the Romanian virtuoso Radu Lupu will perform three piano sonatas by Beethoven including the monumental ĺ─˙Pathłętiqueĺ─¨, and one Schubert Sonata in the National Arts Centreĺ─˘s Southam Hall on Tuesday, February 10 at 8 p.m. This solo piano recital opens the 2008-09 season of the Bombardier Great Performers Series.

Of Beethovenĺ─˘s vast output of 32 piano sonatas, a genre that occupied the composer throughout his entire creative life, the Pathłętique Sonata No. 8 in C minor is the most exalted of all both in popular acclaim and historical import. The word ĺ─˙pathłętiqueĺ─¨ meant ĺ─˙moved by strong passions,ĺ─¨ an apt title for this emotionally powerful work composed on the threshold of the age of musical Romanticism. Beethovenĺ─˘s two Op. 14 Sonatas (Nos. 9 and 10) reveal the composer in a relaxed, genial mood, and are filled with charm, elegance and intimacy.

In the second half of the recital, Radu Lupu will perform Schubertĺ─˘s Sonata in B-flat major. Like Beethoven, Schubert wrote piano sonatas throughout his lifetime, and this one is considered to one of the greatest works (many claim the greatest) in this genre.

Radu Lupu is firmly established as one of the most important musicians of his generation and is widely acknowledged as a leading interpreter of the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert. The pianist won a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance for his London/Decca recording the Schubert B-flat major Sonata which he is performing on this concert. His discography also includes a recording of Beethovenĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Pathłętiqueĺ─¨ Sonata as well as complete Beethoven concertos with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta.

First Prize winner in the 1966 Van Cliburn, the 1967 Enescu International and the 1969 Leeds International competitions, Radu Lupu has regularly performed as soloist and recitalist in the musical capitals and major festivals of Europe and the United States. He has appeared many times with the Berlin Philharmonic and with the Vienna Philharmonici. He is also a frequent visitor to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and all of the major London orchestras. This season, his annual winter tour will include concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Montreal Symphony. His European orchestral engagements include the Berlin Staatskapelle, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Zurich Tonhalle, as well as recitals in Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, and Stockholm.

Radu Lupu has performed at the NAC several times, both in recital and as soloist with the NAC Orchestra. His most recent recitals were in 2006 and 1999.

Tickets for this Bombardier Great Performers recital featuring Radu Lupu on February 10 are on sale now at $19.00, $39.00, $45.00, $49.00, $59.00 and $69.00 (GST and Facility Fee included) at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NACĺ─˘s web-site at

Half-price tickets for students in all sections of the hall are on sale in person at the NAC Box Office upon presentation of a valid student ID card. Live Rush tickets (subject to availability) for full-time students (aged 13 to 29) are $11 at the NAC Box Office from 2 p.m. the day before the concert to 6 p.m. the day of, upon presentation of a valid Live Rush card.

Groups of 10 and more save 15% to 20% off the regular price of tickets to NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances. To reserve your seats call 613-947-7000 ext. 384 or email

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Bernarda Fink performs Schubert and Dvorak with SMAT

Bernarda Fink performs Schubert and Dvorak.
The renowned Argentine-born mezzo-soprano, Bernarda Fink conquered the Montreal public and medias when she presented a recital for the ATMS in October 2004 (Salle Claude-Champagne). Her recital, with the brilliant British pianist, Roger Vignoles, remains one of the major moments of our artistic programming. It is with great pride that the artistic direction has re-invited this most distinguished artist in a program devoted to two composers: Franz Schubert and Anton Dvorak. The American pianist, Anthony Spiri will accompany her on this new North-American tour.

Wednesday, January 14. 2009, at 7:30 p.m.
Pre-lecture at 7:00 p.m.
Redpath Hall
3461 McTavish St. (metro McGill)
$ 40 ĺ─ó $ 34 ( 65 & +) ĺ─ó $ 25 (22 & -)
Member: $ 35 ĺ─ó $ 30 ( 65 & +) ĺ─ó $ 20 (22 & -)

Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano
Renowned for her innate musicality, Bernarda Fink has perfor-med a vast array of works from the baroque to the contemporary. She has been invited to perform which such orchestras as the philharmonic orchestras of London, Vienna and Berlin as well as Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Orchestra. She has sung under the direction of such conductors as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Renłę Jacobs, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe, Mariss Jansons, Sir Neville Marriner, Marc Minkowski and Riccardo Muti.
Bernarda Fink has performed at numerous festivals such as those of Salzburg, the Mozartwochen, the Printemps de Prague, London's Promenade Concerts and the Tokyo Summer Festival. She has given recitals at the Musikverein, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, in Salzburg, at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and in Hohenems, at the Concertgebouw, at London's Wigmore Hall and at the Thłęłótre des Champs-łÔlysłęes in Paris as well as New York's Carnegie Hall.
This past season in Europe, she has interpreted Bach Passions and cantatas with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Ivan Fischer. In recital, she has performed with Oleg Maisenberg and Thomas Quasthoff as well as with her brother, Marcos Fink, at Groningue and Enschede and with Genia Kł║hmeier at the Schwarzenberg and Hohenems Schubertiades. On the operatic stage, she has performed Idamante in Luc Bondy's production of Mozart's Idomeneo under the direction of Jesłćs Lłäpez Cobos in Madrid.
Bernarda Fink has participated in over sixty recordings. Many have earned prestigious prizes (Grammy Awards and Diapason d'Or), most notably the series of lieder recordings devoted to Dvorak, Schumann and Brahms for Harmonia Mundi with the pianist Roger Vignoles. Her recording of the cycles Les nuits d'łętłę (Berlioz) and Shłęhłęrazade (Ravel) also won a horde of prizes. The recently released CD of Schubert lieder with pianist, Gerold Huber was widely acclaimed by the musical press.
Č┤ One of the records of the year, no doubt. Ȭ Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times
Č┤ Quelle artiste! ĺ─ elle vous vrille le cëýur. Profondłęment et durablement. Ȭ Christophe Huss, Le Devoir
Č┤ ... a jewel in a very large crown of Schubertian glories Ȭ Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition
Č┤ ĺ─ a lieder disc of distinction. Ȭ Anna Picard, The Independent

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Auf der Riesenkoppe D 611
An die Nachtigall D 196
Der Vollmond strahlt auf
BergeshłĆhn D 797/3b
Frł║hlingsglaube D686
An Silvia D 891
Die GłĆtter Griechenlands D 677
Nachtviolen D 752
An den Mond D 193
Die Sternenwelten D 307
Six młęlodies sur des textes de Goethe
Rastlose Liebe D 138
Geheimes D 719
Ganymed D 544
Auf dem See D 543b
Wonne der Wehmut D 260
Suleika I D 720
Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Biblickłę Pisne, op. 99
Oblak a mrł░kota jest vukolol neho
Slys, łä Boze! Slys modlitbu mou
Hospodin jest muj pastyr
PďĘ┼i ďĘ┼ekł░ch babylonskych
Spłévejte Hospodinu płésen novou
Ciganskłę melodie, op. 55
Mł░ płésen zas mi lł░skou znłé
Aj! Kterak trojhranec muj
pďĘ┼erozkosnł¬ zvonłé
A les je tichy kolem kol
Kdyz mne starł░ matka zpłévat,
zpłévat ułúłévala
Struna naladł¬na, hochu, tołú se v kole
Sirokłę rukł░vy a sirokłę gatł¬
Dejte klec jestďĘ┼ł░bu ze zlata ryzłęho

Sociłętłę musicale Andrłę-Turp
Cafłę d'art vocal
1223, rue Amherst
Montrłęal (Qułębec) H2L 3K9
(514) 397-0068

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Violin Magic with Schubert and Sarasate

Violin Magic with Schubert and Sarasate

Sinfonia Toronto will present a Masterpiece Series concert on Friday, November 14 at 8 pm in the Grace Church on-the-Hill (300 Lonsdale Road). Music Director, Nurhan Arman will conduct.

The concert titled 'Violin Magic' will feature the orchestra's concertmaster Violinist Mary-Elizabeth Brown in Schubert's playful Rondo and Sarasate's virtuoso showpiece 'Gypsy Airs'.

In addition to her position as concertmaster of Sinfonia Toronto, Mary-Elizabeth is currently Associate Concertmaster of Orchestra London Canada as well as Concertmaster of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and of the Britten-Pears orchestra in Aldeburgh, England. She has played under distinguished conductors such as Kryszstof Penderecki, Lorin Maazel, Benjamin Zander, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Isaac Karabtchevsky and Placido Domingo.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants from the University of Toronto, the City of London, DePaul University, the Hazel Crydermann-Wees Foundation, the Universitłę de Montrłęal, Fonds des Amis de l'Art and the American Suzuki Foundation. She has soloed in masterclasses with Regis Pasqier, Pierre Amoyal, Sylvia Rosenberg, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Pamela Frank, Pinchas Zukerman and the late Lorand Fenyves, among others. She has appeared with the London Youth Symphony, Orchestra London Canada and the Banff Festival Chamber Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, she has been heard on CBC Radio and at major festivals across Canada including the Scotia Festival, Le Festival Internationale du Domaine Forget and the Banff Summer Arts Festival. She has worked with members of the St. Lawrence, Orford, Artur Leblanc and Brentano Quartets as well as the Gryphon Trio, William Aide and Laurence Lesser. A two-time laureate of the Canadian Music Competition National Finals, she plays on a 1737 Guidantus violin and an F.N. Voirin bow on loan from the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Other works on the program are Janacek's brilliant Suite and Dvorak's romantic Serenade.

There will be a free post-concert reception, giving audience members a chance to meet the orchestra members, conductor and soloists.

Online discount tickets are $35 adult, $27 senior, $7 student (16-29) and can be purchased at or at regular price by phone 905-825-8477 or at the door.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Bernard Labadie Conducts the Classic Landmark Masters featuring Soprano Allyson McHardy- May 3 (8PM) & 4 (2PM)

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â A weekend of classical elegance and melody awaits, as Bernard Labadie makes a welcome return on the ESO podium. Hailed for his "full-bodied" and "strongly dramatic" interpretations that manage "to preserve a sense of transparency" (Toronto Star), Bernard Labadie has established himself as one of the leading conductors of the Baroque and Classical repertoire.

He leads the ESO in two great symphonies, Schubert's Fifth and Haydn's "Military," as well as some treasured Mozart vocal works, sung by rising Canadian mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy, who has been called "a singer of enormous imagination and versatility," by the San Francisco Chronicle. The performance also includes concert and opera arias and features Edmonton pianist Michael Massey for Mozart's Ch'io mi scorid di te?... Non temer, amato bene.

Ticket prices for this performance range from $36 to $53 (agency fees apply). Tickets are available through the Winspear Centre Box Office. Saturday evening's 7:15pm Symphony Prelude features Edmonton Mezzo-Soprano Michelle Milenkovic.


The next performance of The Masters takes place on May 23rd and 24th with Conductor David Atherton and Pianist Anton Kuerti.

Saturday, May 3rd is generously sponsored by Classic Landmarks Master Builder

Media Sponsors: CKUA Radio Network and the Edmonton Journal

Hotel Sponsor: The Westin Hotel Edmonton

Winspear Centre Box Office:

(780)428-1414 or 1-800-563-5081

#4 Winston Churchill Square


Bernard Labadie completed most of his musical training in his native Qułębec City at the School of Music of Laval University as well as the conservatories of Quebec and Montreal.

Much of Labadie's unique reputation is the result of his work with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Qułębec, which he founded in 1984 and 1985, respectively, and continues to lead as music director to this day. With the two ensembles he regularly tours Canada, the U.S., and Europe. Passionate about opera, Bernard Labadie was Artistic Director of L'Opłęra de Montrłęal through the end of the 2005/06 season. Between 1994 and 2003, Labadie was also Artistic and Music Director of L'Opłęra de Qułębec. He embraces the entire Baroque, Classical and Romantic opera repertoire.

Equally at home on the concert stage, Labadie has become a sought-after guest conductor with the major orchestras. Ever since his triumphant debut with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1999, he has conducted the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as symphonies including the symphonies of San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver. 2007-08 is another season full of noteworthy appearances with such top orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. His extensive discography includes many recordings on the Dorian label. Other recordings feature his own arrangements of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations and The Art of Fugue, among others. He also appears regularly on radio and television broadcasts on the CBC/Radio-Canada network.

For his achievements, the Canadian government honored him with the appointment as "Officer of the Order of Canada" in 2005 and Quebec made him a "Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Qułębec" in 2006.

Striking mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy made her debut with New York City Opera as Marquise Melibea in Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims. Recent concert engagements have included Messiah for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Elijah in Montrłęal, Les nuits d'łętłę in Bielefeld, Germany and Alexander Nevsky for Orchestra London. Ms. McHardy will appear with the Toronto Symphony in Messiah. In Toulouse, she appears as Phł«dre in a rare staging of Hippolyte et Aricie. Minnesota Opera patrons hear her in May of 2009 as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and she returns to Vancouver Opera for a reprise of Olga in Eugene Onegin.

Born in Oshawa, Ontario, she studied voice at Wilfrid Laurier University, earning an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance and an Opera Diploma. She is an alumna of the Merola Programme at the San Francisco Opera the Ensemble Studio of the Canadian Opera Company. This is Ms. McHardy's official debut with the ESO, however she has sung several roles for Edmonton Opera, with the ESO performing, most recently as Mallika in Lakmłę in October 2004.

Michael Massey was born in England and emigrated to Canada in 1957. Studies at the University of Alberta earned him a Bachelor of Music degree and the gold medal in piano performance of the Western Board of Music. Following his graduation he spent two years studying at the Geneva Conservatory where he was unanimously awarded the "Premier Prix de Virtuositłę." Mr. Massey has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Canada, England and Scotland. He has been the orchestral pianist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for over 25 years. Since 1977, he has been Music Director of the Edmonton Youth Orchestra program. In 1988 and 1996 Mr. Massey wrote and published The Canadian Repertoire Manual, a source book and analysis of Canadian music suitable for youth orchestras. In 2002, for his contribution to the cultural life of the city, Mr. Massey was inducted into the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame as an Artistĺ─ýBuilder and also received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

[CD] Winterreise sur ATMA disponible en magasin dł«s le 8 janvier


Pour diffusion immłędiate: 8 janvier 2008


ATMA entame la nouvelle annłęe avec le lancement du cłęlł«bre Winterreise - Voyage d'hiver - de Franz Schubert dans une version de chambre inłędite qui fera les dłęlices des młęlomanes. Composłę łŢ l'origine pour piano et voix, Winterreise se dłęploie ici dans un arrangement de Normand Forget pour voix, accordłęon et quintette łŢ vent. L'enregistrement met en vedette Christoph Prłęgardien, internationalement reconnu comme l'un des meilleurs tłęnors de notre łępoque, l'accordłęoniste virtuose Joseph Płętric et bien sł¬r, l'ensemble montrłęalais Pentał«dre.

Č┤ Avec seulement trois flł¬tes et trois clarinettes [...] un cor, un basson, le seul hautbois d'amour pour sa propre participation et un młęlancolique accordłęon comme łęlłęment unificateur, Forget a retrouvłę l'intimitłę de Winterreise. [...] Le tłęnor allemand Christoph Prłęgardien [...] amena les musiciens qui l'entouraient et les 300 personnes qui les łęcoutaient łŢ vivre ce tragique Voyage d'hiver aussi intensłęment que l'antihłęros de Mł║ller et Schubert. Ȭ (Claude Gingras, La Presse, critique du concert inaugural de la saison 2007-2008 de Pentał«dre)

Cycle de 24 poł«mes łęcrits par Wilhelm Mł║ller, Winterreise inspire łŢ Franz Schubert des lieder sombres et magnifiques qui constituent un chef-d'oeuvre du genre. Winterreise exprime la dłętresse d'un homme brisłę łŢ la suite d'une rupture amoureuse. Voyageur errant sans but et sans espoir, ses pas s'enfoncent dans la neige et ses larmes, brł¬lantes, gł«lent son visage. ł─ travers ces lieder, c'est sa propre souffrance que Schubert confie. Plusieurs compositeurs, fascinłęs par les couleurs du piano de Schubert, ont orchestrłę quelques-uns de ces lieder. En 2005, Normand Forget en rłęalise une toute premił«re version de chambre, dont la crłęation en concert fut assurłęe par le tłęnor Rufus Mł║ller.

Fondłę en 1985, Pentał«dre se consacre łŢ la redłęcouverte d'un rłępertoire de musique de chambre variłę, original et souvent moins connu. L'ensemble collabore avec des artistes de renom, entre autres, Russell Braun, Karina Gauvin et Naida Cole. Il s'associe łŢ l'occasion łŢ des ensembles comme le Quatuor Arthur-Leblanc et le Penderecki String Quartet.

Winterreise sera disponible łŢ compter du 8 janvier 2008.

Pour plus de dłętails:

Contact młędia : Communications Lise Raymond

450 640-0500

Contact ATMA : Michel Ferland | 514 731-4297

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