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Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley Explore Music of the Slavic Soul in TROIKA

Acclaimed for their adventurous and wide-ranging recording projects – from Beethoven Sonatas on period instruments to genre-bending arrangements of Radiohead and Arcade Fire – the endlessly inventive duo of cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O’Riley returns to explore music of the Slavic soul. Anchored by the cello sonatas of the iconic triumvirate of Russian composers – Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and…

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Composer Luna Pearl Woolf ~ 8 New & Acclaimed Works Heard This Spring

The music of Luna Pearl Woolf, praised by The New York Times for its “psychological nuances and emotional depth” is heard far and wide this spring with both existing works and new commissions, with artists including Dame Evelyn Glennie and ensembles such as the Deutsches Kammerorchester. Utilizing a huge variety of instrumentation  –  from solo clarinet to orchestra to cello-and-choir  –  Woolf’s…

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The Eybler Quartet presents the World Premiere Recording of Vanhal’s Six String Quartets, Op. 6 on Period Instruments

The Eybler Quartet, the acclaimed Toronto-based string quartet, praised for both their “poise and grace” (The WholeNote) and their “grit and urgency” (San Francisco Chronicle), releases a new album this month featuring the string quartets of Czech composer Johann Baptist Vanhal (1739–1813).  Immensely prolific – second only to Haydn in the number of string quartets and symphonies to his credit…

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Trio Magnifico ~ The Ultimate Opera Gala! April 25, 2017 in Toronto

Svetlana Dvoretsky of Show One Productions in collaboration with the Canadian Opera Company, Alexander Neef, General Director, is proud to present the world premiere appearance of a trio of today’s most remarkable opera stars. Trio Magnifico: The Ultimate Opera Gala stars soprano Anna Netrebko, today’s reigning prima donna in her Canadian debut, outstanding tenor Yusif Eyazov, and the dynamic Russian…

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Cellist Matt Haimovitz Reaches New Heights in His Intense Engagement with the Bach Suites with Six Commissions and Premiere Recordings

Matt Haimovitz’s continuously-evolving and intense engagement with the Bach Cello Suites reaches a new zenith with Overtures to Bach, six new commissions that anticipate and reflect each of the cello suites. The new overtures expand upon the multitude of spiritual, cross-cultural, and vernacular references found in the Bach, building a bridge from the master’s time to our own. Overtures to Bach,…

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Montreal’s Dynamic 9-Piece String Band collectif9 Releases Debut Album, Volksmobiles

Montreal’s cutting-edge classical string band collectif9 has been gathering steam since its 2011 debut, attracting diverse audiences in clubs, outdoor festivals, and concert halls across Quebec and beyond. Featuring both original scores and new arrangements – often with lights, staging, and amplification more commonly seen at rock acts – collectif9 heralds a new age in genre-bending classical performance. Now, following…

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Matt Haimovitz Unveils “A Moveable Feast”: Bach and the Unexpected

“This ferociously talented cellist bring his megawatt sound and uncommon expressive gifts to a vast variety of styles …” – The New York Times, September 2015 NEW RECORDING: J.S. BACH The Cello Suites According to Anna Magdalena Fifteen years after his pivotal first recording of the Cello Suites by J.S. Bach, which launched the newborn Oxingale Records, Matt Haimovitz returns…

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Montreal’s Boldly Inventive String Ensemble collectif9 Launches a Massive Tour of Over 50 Dates

Montreal’s collectif9, a nine-piece string ensemble that brings rock-style charisma to classical music, launches a massive tour of over 50 dates starting this July. With bold, innovative arrangements of classical repertoire, collectif9 brings classical music to pop-culture audiences in an array of diverse performance spaces. In music ranging from Brahms to Piazzolla to John Zorn, the extraordinary artists of collectif9…

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Pianist Matt Herskowitz Collects Raves for Solo “Upstairs” Ahead of US Launch March 19

Pianist and composer Matt Herskowitz has been stunning critics in Canada since his newest Justin Time release, Matt Herskowitz Upstairs, was released this past fall.  Newly available in the US, Herskowitz will celebrate Upstairs at a launch event at DROM in New York City’s East Village on March 19. (Herskowitz will also be heard in the next several weeks in Toronto, Montreal…

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Pianist Louise Bessette a Double ‘Prix Opus’ Winner, Wins Raves for UK Recitals

Pianist Louise Bessette, hailed internationally as one of the pre-eminent interpreters of the music of our time, is this year’s winner of two prestigious prizes from Le Conseil québécois de la musique. At the January 27 ceremony, Bessette was declared the winner of two Prix Opus for “Concert of the Year – Montreal” as well as “Concert of the Year…

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