Boston Early Music Explores the Bounty of Steffani

07/10/2017

 Steffani, Corbetta, Frescobaldi, Handel: BEMF Vocal Ensemble [Amanda Forsythe and Emőke Baráth (sopranos), Colin Balzer (tenor), Christian Immler (bass-baritone)]; BEMF Chamber Ensemble [Stephen Stubbs (theorbo/baroque guitar), Maxine Eilander (harp), Michael Sponseller (harpsichord), Erin Headley (viola da gamba)], Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, 29 September 2017. (GN)

Boston Early Music Festival Vocal and Chamber Ensemble © Jan Gates

Boston Early Music Festival Vocal and Chamber Ensemble © Jan Gates

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A Rich VSO Season Opener Awakens Fond Memories

27/09/2017

Tovey, Adams, Tchaikovsky: Australian String Quartet [Dale Barltrop and Francesca Hiew (violins), Stephen King (viola), Sharon Grigoryan (cello)], Vancouver Symphony Orchestra / Bramwell Tovey (conductor), Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, 23.9.2017. (GN)

Australian String Quartet © Matthew Baird

Australian String Quartet © Matthew Baird

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NEW! JIŘÍ BĔLOHLÁVEK (1946-2017) AND THE CZECH CONDUCTING LEGACY

21/09/2017

Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Conducting Legacy

Jiří Bělohlávek (c) Petra Hajská

One mourns the recent passing of Czech conductor Jiří Bělohlávek (24 February 1946 – 31 May 2017) not only because he was a wonderfully discerning musician, but also because he perpetuated a conducting legacy that linked back to the great Czech composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Read more

A St John Passion Made Special through the Glorious Singing of Thomas Hobbs and Friends

17/08/2017

BachFest

2017 Vancouver Summer Bach Festival [2] – J.S. Bach, St John Passion: Gli Angeli Genève [Jenny Högström, Aleksandra Lewondoska (sopranos), Thomas Hobbs, Robert Getchell (tenors), Stephan MacLeod (bass/director)], Alex Potter (countertenor), Sumner Thompson (baritone), Vancouver Cantata Singers (dir. by Paula Kremer), Pacific Baroque Orchestra/Alexander Weimann (conductor), Chan Centre, Vancouver, 11.8.2017. (GN)

Tenor Thomas Hobbs at the Vancouver Bach Festival © Jan Gates

Thomas Hobbs (tenor) at the Vancouver Bach Festival © Jan Gates

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Cinquecento and Jenny Högström Elevate the Early Music Festival’s First Week

12/08/2017

BachFest

2017 Vancouver Summer Bach Festival  [1]

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Cinquecento © Jan Gates

Tallis, Tye, Byrd: Cinquecento [Terry Wey (countertenor), Achim Schultz (tenor), Tore Tom Denys (tenor), Tim Scott Whitely (baritone), Ulfried Staber (bass)], Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, 2.8.2017. (GN)

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Sterling Korngold and Mahler from Baiba Skride and Bramwell Tovey

18/06/2017

Tovey, Korngold, Mahler: Marion Newman (mezzo-soprano), Baiba Skride (violin), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra / Bramwell Tovey (conductor), Vancouver, 10.6.2017. (GN)

Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra © Matthew Baird

Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra © Matthew Baird

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The Hoebig/Moroz Trio Brings Inspiration to an All-Beethoven Concert

11/06/2017

Beethoven: Hoebig/Moroz Trio [Gwen Hoebig (violin), Desmond Hoebig (cello), David Moroz (piano)], Vancouver Symphony Orchestra / Bramwell Tovey (conductor), Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, 3.6.2017. (GN)

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The Hoebig/Moroz Trio & the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra © Matthew Baird

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NEW! THE GREAT CANADIAN ARTISTS: AN INTERVIEW WITH VIOLINIST JAMES EHNES

31/05/2017

James Ehnes in conversation with Geoffrey Newman

There are few more celebrated musicians in the world right now than Manitoba-born violinist James Ehnes; and few listeners have failed to succumb to his tonal luster, silken lyrical lines and insightful virtuosity. After initial training with Francis Chaplin, the violinist made his solo debut at age 13 with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, followed by studies with Sally Thomas at Meadowmount and Juilliard (1993-97). Ehnes won the Peter Mennin Prize upon his Juilliard graduation, and subsequently received the first-ever Ivan Galamian Memorial Award and an Avery Fisher Career Grant, in addition to the highest Canadian honours. A turning point in Ehnes’ recording career came in 2006-2007 when his ‘homegrown’ recording of the Barber, Korngold and Walton concertos with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (under Bramwell Tovey) won both Juno and Grammy awards. This was followed by the widely-praised Onyx recording of the Elgar Violin Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis. Read more

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