Hammer Baroque’s Valentine subject – ‘Amore’ Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
            Hammer Baroque’s February concert was ‘Amore’. It consisted of madrigals from Renaissance England and Italy sung by Capella Intima with lutenist Magdalena Tomsinska. Capella Intima is a quartet of singers, soprano Sheila Dietrich, tenor Bud Roach, alto Jennifer Enns Modolo and baritone David Roth who perform frequently at Hammer Baroque. Most of the works presented were Sixteenth Century pieces with John Dowland, Philippe Verdelot, John Wilbye & Jacques Arcadelt the most prominent composers.
The afternoon began with a lovely polyphonic invitation from Dowland for love to ‘come again’.

Tomsinska; Dietrich; Erms Modolo; Roach & Roth

    Singers -Tomsinska; Dietrich; Enns Modolo; Roach & Roth

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MUSIKAY; seems Renaissance music doesn’t attract 1

Review by Judith Caldwellreviewerjudy
            Love is in the air in February and Musikay offered a concert of 15th and Sixteenth century love songs in the form of madrigals and chansons. The setting of the concert was unusual in that a circle of approximately 30 chairs in the huge atrium of St. Thomas the Apostle Church surrounded the musicians who formed a smaller inner circle. Maestro Stephan Potvin explained that when this music was originally performed the singers would all be reading from one manuscript and so would be very close together so they could see and hear each other thus really helping the polyphonic singing.

Oakes; Ball; McCormack; Potvin; Stachow & Taylor; post-concert

Oakes; Ball; McCormack; Potvin; Stachow & Taylor; post-concert

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“Los Lobos”, East L.A.’s contribution to pop music Reply

by Terry (La Lobacita) GaisinreviewerETG

A key ingredient for a critic is non-judgmental objectivity. BUT, how can one be objective about a quintet of social friends. Not possible, especially when one has a special alias bestowed by said five compadres after about four or five intimate social occasions. So, this column will be strictly a generalization and observation of the Burlington Arts Centre audience who attended a LOS LOBOS concert on Tuesday evening. They loved it; we loved it, and the ensemble enjoyed performing it.

LOS LOBOS, on-stage at the Burlington Centre

LOS LOBOS, on-stage at the Burlington Centre

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“5 @ the First’s” 1st 2017 concert Reply

Review by Judith Caldwellreviewerjudy
            Five @ the First’s January concert featured warm music on a cold afternoon to an almost sell-out audience who were very appreciative of the music and the talent. The AYR Piano Trio consists of Angela Park, piano; cellist Rachel Mercer; and Yehonatan Berick, violin. Each has a teaching and a solo career, when they are together it is obvious that they respect each other’s ability and thoroughly enjoy playing as a group.
The afternoon began with Piano Trio in G major “Gypsy” of Joseph Haydn. This is his best-known piano trio and it is dominated by the piano with the violin and cello providing tonal strength.

Park;  Berick and Mercer- The AYR TRIO

Park; Berick and Mercer- The AYR TRIO

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New work for Canada’s PENDERECKI QUARTET Reply

Review by Ailine Hessreviewer Ailine Hess
            The Penderecki String Quartet performed last evening at McMaster University’s Convocation Hall.  The quartet is celebrating 30 years as a quartet and 25 years in residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. The concert opened with the String Quartet in A Major Op. 41, No. 3.  The composition was premiered in 1842.  After studying the quartets of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, Schumann composed the 3 quartets of Op. 41.  The third quartet became the most famous and popular. The opening movement was rich with lush, romantic sound.  Melodic lines were effectively accompanied by pulsing, rhythmic harmonies giving forward motion to the performance.

the Penderecki musicians on stage at McMaster

the Penderecki musicians on stage at McMaster

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“HPO; Beethoven; dramatic moments & a surprise. Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

An evening with the music of Beethoven with a little Haydn & Mozart as aperitifs…what’s not to thoroughly enjoy. Augmented with an inspired dessert, the Hamilton Philharmonic’s first concert of 2017 was under the baton of guest conductor Tim Hankewich and showcased a somewhat abbreviated body of musicians. Opening with Haydn’s short three-movement Symphony No. 16, the work was presented in an almost chamber-ish approach. From a somewhat timorous opening allegro, to a deliberate yet romantically lyrical andante; Hankewich’s finale was animated yet tightly reined with the theme in contrapuntal debate between violins & celli/basses.

Hinrich Alpers performing Beethoven's 2nd concerto

Hinrich Alpers performing Beethoven’s 2nd concerto

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