Richard Eaton Singers: Ein deutsches Requiem

The Richard Eaton Singers

Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Leslie Ann Bradley (soprano)
Geoffrey Sirett
Richard Eaton Singers
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Leonard Ratzlaff

Winspear
Sunday November 10, 2019

For Mark Morris’ review of the Richard Eaton Singers’ performance of Brahms’ masterpiece, click here.

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: Mazzoli, Rachmaninov, and Shostakovich

Boris Giltburg, the soloist in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.4
photo by Sasha Gusov

Chief Conductor Alexander Prior celebrated his first concert of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s new season with an epic performance of an epic symphony, Shostakovich’s Symphony No.11, with the orchestra once again showing how far it has come.

It was preceded by fine performances of Missy Mazzoli’s River Rouge Transfiguration and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.4, with the ESO debut of pianist Boris Giltburg

For Mark Morris’ review in the Edmonton Journal, click here.

Zemlinsky Quartet: Janáček, Novák, and Zemlinsky

 

 

 

The Czech Zemlinsky Quartet returned to the Muttart Hall on Sunday October 27, for an Edmonton recital Society concert with an unexpected and most attractive highlight: Vítězslav Novák’s Piano Quintet Op.12, where the quartet were joined by a young Canadian pianist, Adam Boeker.

For Mark Morris’s full review in the Edmonton Journal, click here.

Eddins and the ESO: Spanish influenced music

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

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Fauré: Le Pas Espagnol from the Dolly Suite
Corelli/Karl Jenkins: La Folia for marimba and string orchestra

Massenet: excerpts from the Act II ballet of El Cid
Rózsa: Love music from the soundtrack of El Cid
Tchaikovsky: Danse Espagnole from Swan Lake
Chabrier: España
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnole
de Falla: Noches en los jardines de España

William Eddins (conductor)
Cosette Justo Valdés (conductor)
Eric Buchmann (violin)
Angela Cheng (piano)
Jacob Kryger (marimba)

Winspear
Thursday, October 10, 2019


Bill Eddins kicked the Robbins Lighter Classics concerts off on Thursday, October 10, at the Winspear, with a program of Spanish-influenced music.

To read Mark Morris’ review of the concert in the Edmonton Journal, click here.


 

Trio de Moda

Trio de Moda at the St. John Lutheran Church of Golden Spike

Trio de Moda
St. John Lutheran Church of Golden Spike
Sunday, October 6, 2019


Trio de Moda is still a relatively new chamber group, formed in 2017 by three young Edmonton string players: violinist Neda Yamach and viola player Clayton Leung, both of whom play with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and the cellist Kathleen de Caen.

The wonderfully named St. John Lutheran Church of Golden Spike is a relatively new chamber music venue. Golden Spike is the name of an area south of Spruce Grove: on the corner you turn into to get to the church is the old local Golden Spike general store, now a private home, and between it and the church is a little fenced-off graveyard marking the place of the original church (St. Paul Lutheran Church), that burnt down in the 1920s.

The church’s musical society, the Golden Spike Concert Society, put on its first concert only last year.

But all happily combined on a warm autumnal Sunday afternoon for an afternoon of mellow but enthusiastic chamber music.

For Mark Morris’ review in the Edmonton Journal, click here.

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: Symphony Under the Sky, Dvořák and Brahms

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Robert Bernhardt, conductor of Symphony Under the Sky. Photo by D.T. Baker

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World, Op. 95, B. 178
Brahms: Violin Concerto in in D major, Op. 77

Blake Pouliot (violin)
conducted by Robert Bernhardt

Hawrelak Park
Friday, August 30, 2019

Friday night was classical music night at Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s mini festival Symphony Under the Sky, with rousing performances under the baton of Robert Bernhardt of Dvořák’s New World symphony, and with the exciting young violinist Blake Pouliot of Brahms’ Violin Concerto.

It also featured an experimental sound reinforcement system.

For Mark Morris’ review in the  Edmonton Journal, click here.

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: Simone Porter (violin) plays Prokofiev and Barber concertos

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, opus 19
Dvořák (arr. Brahms): Slavonic Dance No. 10 in E minor, Opus 72 No. 2 

Barber: Violin Concerto Op. 14

Simone Porter (violin)
conducted by Alexander Prior

Winspear
May 31, 2019


For Mark Morris’ review of the marvellous performances by Simone Porter and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra of the Prokofiev first and the Barber violin concertos (a concert where the new Prior violin concerto was due to be played, but was cancelled), click here.

Summer Solstice Chamber Music Festival: Ensemble Made in Canada

Ensemble Made in Canada

Frank Bridge

Mozart: Piano Quartet No.2 in E-flat major, K.493
Frank Bridge: Phantasy Piano Quartet in F-Sharp Minor
Fauré: Piano Quartet No.1 in C minor

Ensemble Made In Canada

First Baptist Church, Edmonton
June 18, 2019

 

For Mark Morris’ review of the opening concert in the 2019 Summer Solstice Chamber Music festival, click here.

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: The music of Harry Potter

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Robert Bernhardt, Master Wizard of the Edmonton Special Obliviators (ESO). Photo by Cheryl McCartney

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Music of Harry Potter

Winspear
June 23, 2019

Conductor: Robert Bernhardt

 

The  Daily Planet’s intrepid reporter went to the Winspear on Sunday afternoon, June 23, in disguise (using a Polyjuice Potion) as a music critic for the  Edmonton Journal.

Read his report on the proceedings here.