Autumn 1997 Instrumental
These are just some of this fall's
instrumental highlights, grouped thematically according to
instrument or ensemble. For complete listings, locations and phone
numbers, consult our calendar in this issue or our Web page atwww.scena.org
PIANO: No shortage of great pianists
in Montreal this fall. Of course the highlight will be Martha
Argerich's return to the OSM: she'll tackle Prokofiev's Piano
Concerto No. 3 on Oct. 20 and his Concerto No. 1 plus Bartók's
Concerto No. 3 the following night. Also with the OSM: Cecile
Licad plays Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1 Sept. 23 &24.
Horacio Gutiérrez plays Beethoven's fourth concerto Dec. 5
&6. Éva Csarnay plays Moussorgsky's Pictures at an
Exhibition Sept. 23 and Canadian Janina Fialkowska plays a
program of popular classics Sept. 30 &Oct. 2. Jean-Yves
Thibaudet makes a single stop to play the Khachaturian Concerto
Oct. 12 at 14H30. Canadian Angela Cheng joins the Orchestre
Métropolitain for Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 Oct. 13. Vladimir
Feltsman joins the Ladies' Morning Musical Club Nov. 2 at
Pollack Hall. Van Cliburn finalist Nadia Cole plays at Centre
Pierre-Péladeau Sept. 4. Lucille Chung joins l'Orchestre
Symphonique de la Montérégie Oct. 2 for Brahms Concerto No. 1
(646-3890). At Old Montreal's Château Ramezay pianist Philippe
Doss plays Sept. 28 and harpsichordist Martin Robidoux
plays Nov. 30. The very special ambience of Laval's Maison des
Jardins welcomes James Parker Oct. 18, Marc-André
Hamelin Dec. 29 &31, and André Laplante Jan. 10.
McGill Music Faculty inaugurates their brand new Steinway at Pollack
Hall with more of the "Pour le piano" series: a recital by
Louis-Philippe Pelletier, Michael McMahon and
Eugene Plawutsky Sept. 24 (free); an all-Beethoven recital by
Louis Lortie (his only solo recital in Montreal this year)
Sept. 26 ($25/$15 students &seniors); and French contemporary
music played by Bruce Mather Oct. 10 ($5). Tom Plaunt
continues his splendid Schubert sonata cycle Oct. 28 at 20H at
Pollack Hall ($5). The Debut Series presents pianist Angela
Kim Jan. 25.
VIOLIN: Fall violin line-up at the MSO is
headed by Joshua Bell's return for the Mendelssohn Concerto
Oct. 14 &15.;Irresistible Siberian virtuoso Maxim
Vengerov delivers the Beethoven Concerto Oct. 28 &29.
Canadian Martin Beaver plays the Beethoven Concerto with the
Orchestre Métropolitain Nov. 3. Beaver teams up with Scott St.
John for Bach and Mozart duo string concertos with the McGill
Chamber Orchestra Sept. 22 (487-5190). Venerable violinist Ida
Haendel is joined by pianist Jonathan Feldman in a program of
Brahms, Bach and Enescu Dec. 1 (Pro Musica: 845-0532). To preview a
rising star, take in CBC Competition winner Judy Kang's Debut Series recital with
pianist Corey Hamm Oct. 26. Debut Series recitals are free and start
at 15H30 at the Chapelle du Bon Pasteur (872-5338).
CELLO: Dutch cellist Pieter
Wispelwey is a Montreal favourite. On Dec. 2, 4 &5 he'll
play the Schumann Concerto with the Orchestre Métropolitain
(598-0870), then give a very special solo recital for the Ladies
Morning Musical Club Dec. 7 (487-2822). For Slavic fireworks try
cello dynamo Yegor Dyachkov playing Shostakovich's Concerto
No. 1 with the University of Montreal Orchestra Nov. 15 &22. I
Musici director Yuli Turovsky solos with his group Oct. 16 in
Bartók's Cello Rhapsody and an arrangement of Schubert's Sonata D.
821. At the OSM Guy Fouquet plays the cello solos in Strauss'
Don Quixote Nov. 25 &26. Steven Isserlis plays Dvorák's
Concerto Dec. 9 &10.;Chinese prodigy Han Na Chang tackles the Saint-Saëns Concerto Nov. 18 &20.
BAROQUE AND EARLY MUSIC FLOURISHES On
Sept. 27 Quebec's premiere baroque ensemble Les Violons du
Roy, fresh from their successful debut at New York's Mostly
Mozart Festival, play a unique string transcription of Bach's
Goldberg Variations at Salle Claude-Champagne, conducted by the
transcriber, artistic director Bernard Labadie (see related article
in this issue). On Nov. 29 they play excerpts from Vivaldi's L'estro
armonico at Centre Pierre-Péladeau. Toronto-based Tafelmusik
ensemble play Bach, Purcell and Handel Nov. 10 at Centre
Pierre-Péladeau (987-6919). L'Ensemble Claude-Gervais sing
and dance medieval tunes in costume for Hallowe'en at Laval's Maison
des Jardins Oct. 31 (629-1572). The authentic instrument Arion
Ensemble gives a Bach and Telemann Concert Oct. 31, Nov.1
&2; and a viola da gamba program Dec. 19 &21 (355-1825). The
medieval music of L'Ensemble Anonymus will be heard Dec. 10
at the Maison de la culture Frontenac as they launch their new disc
on the Analekta label, "Tempus Festorum - Musiques du temps des
fętes au Moyen Age." Les Boréades, a period instrument
ensemble founded in 1991, presents a concert of Dutch music Oct. 10,
a German program Nov. 27, and an English program Jan. 30. All take
place at the Chapelle St-Louis of l'Eglise St-Jean Baptiste at 20H15
(259-5114 or 281-6744). Concerts in the ninth Festival de Musique
Ancienne du Domaine Cataraqui will take place Sept. 3, 7, 10,
14, 17, 21 &24 in Sillery, five minutes from Quebec City
(418-681-3010). The viola da gamba duo Les Voix humaines
gives a free Sons et Brioches concert at 11H Sept. 28.
CHAMBER MUSIC: I Musici continues
its popular Rush Hour series (now with added matinees) with Mozart
&Borodin Sept. 11 &12, Scandinavian music Oct. 9 &10,
Concerti grossi by Handel and Corelli Nov. 27 &28, Elgar
&Ysa˙e Jan. 22 &23, at Ogilvy's Tudor Hall, Thursdays at 11H
and Thursdays and Fridays at 17H45. The Ladies' Morning Musical Club
welcomes the Takacs Quartet Sept. 28, Wiener
Klaviertrio Oct. 19, Trio Pennetier-Pasquier-Pidoux Nov.
23 at Pollack Hall 15H30. Musicamerata celebrates Brahms'
centennial Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Nov. 29 & Dec. 13 at Redpath Hall,
20H (489-8713). Thanks to Pro Musica (845-0532), the Swiss
Carmina Quartet appears Nov. 10 at Théâtre Maisonneuve. The
CBC/McGill Series offers the Montreal Symphony's first chairs
playing chamber music by Poulenc Sept. 25 at Pollack Hall ($12/$8.
Tel: 398-4547). The brass quintet Impact opens the Place des
Arts' Sons et Brioches series with a free concert Sept. 7 at 14H
(n.b. no food served). In the same series 11H Dec. 7 the Arthur
Leblanc Quartet. The Montreal Chamber Orchestra
celebrates Canada Oct. 23 and Brazil Dec. 11 both 20H at Pollack
Hall. Trios by Schumann, Haydn and Mendelssohn played by Marie Fabi,
Anne Robert and Annie Gadebois Sept. 27; MSO flute wizard Tim
Hutchins and pianist Janet Creaser Dec. 13, both at La Maison des
Jardins. The Debut Series presents the McGill students' Quartet
Euterpe Nov. 30.
MODERN: Twentieth century music buffs
mark Nov. 14 on the calendar. The Nouvel Ensemble Moderne's
Biennale '97 launches a two-week smorgasbord of concerts and
lectures at the Université de Montréal and the Chapelle du Bon
Pasteur, this year featuring the latest Scandinavian music, in the
presence of composers Ivo Nilsson, Bengt Hambraeus, and Jukka Tiensu
(343-5962). McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble Oct. 7 ($5)
and Percussion Ensemble Oct. 31 at Pollack Hall (free). The
works by Blacher Dec. 9 &10 MacMillan Jan. 6 &7 Hetu Oct. 28
&29; Schulman Nov. 11 &12 Britten Jan. 13 &14;
Liebermann Nov. 26; and Hovhaness Oct.12.
SYMPHONY: The Montreal Symphony
plays Beethoven No. 4 Sept. 24, Beethoven No. 6 Sept. 23 &24;
Dvorak 9 Sept. 28; Holst's Planets Oct. 14 &5; Sibelius 3 Oct.
28 &29; Prokofiev 7 Nov. 18 &20; Brahms 1 Dec. 5 &6; and
Schubert 8 Dec.10. The MSO's Mahler cycle continues with No. 10 Dec.
9 &10 No. 5 Jan. 6 &7; No. 7 Jan. 27 &28; and No. 6 Feb.
3 &4. The Orchestre Métropolitain plays Brahms No. 2 Oct.
13; Mendelssohn and Elgar Nov. 3; Schubert 8 and Schumann 2 Dec.2.
The McGill Symphony plays at the Theâtre St-Denis 19H30
Sept.16. At Pollack Hall under Tim Vernon, the McGill Symphony plays
Brahms' Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with violinist
Yehonaton Berick and cellist Antonio Lysy Oct. 3
&4 at 20H. Tim Vernon conducts an all-American program Nov. 7
&8. McGill Wind Symphony plays Stravinsky's Symphony of
Psalms &Varese Oct. 24 and Strauss &Weill Dec. 2 (all
non-student McGill concerts now $5). The University of Montreal
Orchestra plays Gershwin Oct. 4 and Tiensu &Sibelius Nov. 15
&22. The U of M Grande Fanfare Classique plays
Respighi's Pines of Rome, Prokofiev, and other modern works Oct. 14.