World-Class piano trio born! Reply

Review by David RichardsReviewerDave-R

Canadian mega-star violinist, Karen Gomyo, returned to Toronto’s Koerner Hall after a two-year absence, in a newly-formed piano trio that included the Swiss cellist, Christian Poltéra and Finnish pianist, Juho Pohjonen. Thirty-four-year-old Gomyo has been performing with major orchestras in North America and Europe since her youth, and is now striking out on a tour with her husband, cellist Christian Poltéra, and pianist Juho Pohjonen, in search of musical balance and the intimacy of chamber music performance.
The piano trio, yet unnamed, is world-class. Both Poltéra and Pohjonen have notable international careers.

Gomyo, Poltera & Phojonen, post-concert

The trio; post-concert

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Mozart’s Delightful Birthday Bash Reply

Review by David RichardsReviewerDave-R
        Tafelmusik celebrated Mozart’s 260th birthday with a joyful celebration, at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, in Toronto. The February 25th performance was its second of four concerts entitled ‘The Best of Mozart’. The Toronto Symphony had begun the January 27th birthday festivities with the the Jupiter Symphony in January, and a semi-staged production of the Mozart Requiem, as part of the Mozart@260 Festival. And The Canadian Opera Company carried on the celebrations with a production of The Marriage of Figaro. Tafelmusik in performance          More…

Tafelmusik Takes Bach to Port Perry Reply

Review by David RichardsReviewers Dave & Jan
           On the heels of a much-heralded sold-out series of performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Toronto’s Koerner Hall, Tafelmusik headed out on a bus this past week to a series of small towns in Southern Ontario. The ensemble gave afternoon performances for students and evening concerts for the public in Gravenhurst and Midland before yesterday’s performances in Port Perry. Invited by the Scugog Council for the Arts, Tafelmusik performed Bach and His World, a work conceived, programmed and scripted by double bassist Alison Mackay.                    Photo courtesy of  Glenn Davidson

"Tafelmusicians" under imposing projection of J.S. Bach

“Tafelmusicians” under imposing projection of J.S. Bach

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A Happy Ending to Bach’s Sorrow Reply

Review by Judy CaldwellreviewerJudith

Hammer Baroque presented an afternoon Bach Violin Extravaganza—including all six of the solo Partitas and Sonatas—to an ever growing audience at The Rock on Locke. Julia Wedman, who introduced the six solo violin pieces, said that Bach had just found out that his wife had died in 1720, when he composed the music. The songs were his way of working out his sadness. Sonata No 1 in G minor, played by Elyssa LefurgeySmith, begins with a lonely, longing adagio, followed by a tortured fugue—twisting and turning as it tries to evade grief.

The musicians of the HAMMER BAROQUE ensemble

The musicians of the HAMMER BAROQUE ensemble

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The Royal Conservatory Orch. plays Tchaikovsky & Rimsky-Korsakov 1

Review by Dave RichardsReviewers Dave & Jan
Flying under the radar of Toronto’s concert scene is the Royal Conservatory Orchestra. Made up of students in the Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, it is a musical gem that presents four concerts each academic year in the wonderful acoustics of Koerner Hall. The orchestra is led by a different guest conductor for each concert who spends a week in residence at the school prior to each performance rehearsing the orchestra. Without the time constraints of most professional ensembles, the orchestra’s preparation is done with meticulous care.

Guest soloist Zhou acknowledging applause

Guest soloist Zhou acknowledging applause

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“GEMMA NEW Conducts!” successfully. Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Back in April of 2014, the first of the H.P.O.’s candidates for music director conducted an awesome performance of Saint-Saëns violin concerto and Beethoven’s Pastorale 6th symphony. Her post-concert answers and rationales to queries by yours truly were succinct and coherent. To say that we were impressed would be an understatement and a subtle hint of our selection choice was hidden within the column. We’re pleased that she was selected and join the rest of the Hamilton community in welcoming her. Last evening’s concert highlighted contemporary (sort of) Russian composers.

Conductor NEW addressing the HPO audience

Conductor NEW addressing the HPO audience

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