Bloody Assizes; gutsy Brott! Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell
Sunday was the 200th Anniversary of the Ancaster Bloody Assizes which was celebrated at Fieldcote Museum with plays, speeches and an orchestral concert by the National Academy Orchestra as part of the Brott Music Festival. I thought I had arrived on site early but a play was in progress so I quietly erected my camp-chair & watched the sad demise of those hanged [hung?] after being found guilty of treason at the Bloody Assize. They did have a trial and not all were found guilty.

Brott; his 'sidearm' & some NAO musicians doing the "1812".

Brott; his ‘sidearm’; & some NAO musicians doing the “1812”.

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N.A.O. – an OK Eroica; an ‘OMG’ Emperor! 1

Review by Danny Gaisin

                    Brott Festival’s Jacqui Muir, in welcoming the BPAC audience asked that ‘conducting between movements be curtailed…she corrected this to applause which can be distracting. However, I hope she didn’t really want to restrict those of us familiar enough with the scheduled works from slightly tapping out the tempi or even an occasional theme hum. Tonight it was Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony and his fifth piano concerto; two genuine favorites of this scribe.

Arthur Ozolins performing Beethoven's "Emperor" with the NAO

Arthur Ozolins performing Beethoven’s “Emperor” with the NAO

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Brantford’s Musical Garden Blooms Reply

Review by Murray Charters (*Murray’s Music*)reviewerMurray C

In J.S. Bach’s time it was commonplace to attend a concert of brand-new music, everything written by the same composer. In fact, most of the notes would still be a bit damp on the page, so recently had it been set down, and everyone would be excited to hear the latest compositions. And no one questioned the interpretation, for there was the composer himself conducting. Perhaps many of the performers had even been taught all they knew about music from this same man.
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HPO’s Pastorale; a melodic banquet Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
Occasionally, (rarely) I imagine that the stars align themselves just to insure a bonus to the life of one Danny Gaisin. Last evening’s Hamilton Philharmonic concert was one such instance… my favourite symphony; a cherished violin concerto; and a class ‘A’ soloist to perform that opus. Add in a talented conductor; and the result – a melodic banquet. We had to check the calendar to see if perhaps it was my birthday! It wasn’t; just plain good fortune.

Beaver & New congratulating each other; post Saint Saens rendering

Beaver & New congratulating each other; post Saint Saens rendering

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‘CELLO BELLAS’, earn a capacity crowd ovation Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
Sandra Bohn, Rachel Desoer, Nadia Klein, Elspeth Poole, Rachel Mercer and Rebecca Morton are the Cello Bellas, or maybe they should be called the Sisterhood of the Travelling Cellos. They are a group of young musicians who are technically extremely good and who display an obvious love of their instrument and a great sense of fun.
On Saturday evening they played a Benefit concert to a sold out audience who obviously share their love of the cello.

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O.C.O. & Israelievitch – ace Beethoven 1

Review by Danny Gaisinreviewer_Danny
He only wrote one violin concerto, but like his 6th symphony; the Bagatelle; sonatas 8 & 14; quantity is secondary to quality. The D-major op.61 with its thematic opening notes that reprise throughout the 23-minute allegro opening are, and will remain, timeless *. Over a half-century ago, I heard the late Henryk Szeryng perform this piece with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Last night Jacques Israelievitch gave an outstanding reading of the same work. Connection – Israelievitch was a student of Szeryng’s!

Israelievitch & the O.C.O. in performance

Israelievitch & the O.C.O. in performance

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