Classical Music Club Toronto

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE 2018-2019
32nd Season
Sun Sep 23 2:00

Marc-André Hamelin

To begin the Club’s 32nd season, we will concentrate on the pianistic virtuosity of Marc-André Hamelin. Born in 1961 in Montreal, Hamelin is known for his interpretation of a wide variety of composers. He is also well–known for his attention to lesser–known composers especially of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and for performing works by pianist–composers such as Leopold Godowsky and Franz Liszt. Alex Ross in The New Yorker referred to his “monstrously brilliant technique and his questing, deep-thinking approach”. We will sample a number of recordings from his impressive catalogue.

Hamelin will be performing at the Jane Mallet Theatere, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-7723. Tickets $47.50 - $52, students $10.

Programme: Bach-Busoni: Chaconne; Feinberg: Sonata No. 3 Op.3; Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Cypresses; Chopin: Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-Flat Op. 60; Chopin: Scherzo No.4 in E Op.54

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Sun Oct 7 2:00

Schubert’s 1818 Compositions

Throughout his composing career Schubert was always prolific. His catalogue numbers over 1500 individual pieces. Focusing on a 12–month period exactly 200 years ago, we will examine a cross–section of his works in genres including piano sonatas and marches as well as a selection of Lieder.

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Sun Nov 11 2:00

Debussy in Historically Informed Performance

The music of the early decades of the 20th century is being subjected to the kind of scrutiny that happened several years ago to the music of the early baroque and classical period. Orchestras, particularly French ones, are re-examining the works of Debussy, Stravinsky, and Ravel, performing them using instruments of that earlier period and performance practices of that earlier time. The results are often surprising -- sometimes less glossy and Romantic then the way we are used to hearing these works performed today. Pianists have also approached the works of Debussy using instruments of that period, again with surprising results.

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Sun Dec 9 2:00

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Part 2)

As a follow-up to our December 2018 program, we will again focus on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125. Composed between 1822 and 1824, it was first performed in Vienna on May 7, 1824. The symphony opened up new era of orchestral music in its structure, length, addition of the chorus, and global theme. One of the features of the modern era of recording has been the number of orchestras who perform this work using reduced forces of the mid–19th century and instruments of that period. We will listen to recordings on both modern instruments and by historically informed performing ensembles.

As we noted last year, this symphony has very often been performed on special occasions, including season openings or finales, and the inaugural opening of concert venues. Interestingly, it is a popular feature of symphony concerts during the Christmas season in Japan, in a way similar to performances of Handel’s Messiah in North America.

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Sun Jan 27 2:00

Christine Goerke’s Elektra

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Sun Feb 24 2:00

Masaaki Suzuki’s Bach

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Sun Mar 17 2:00

Diabelli Variations Bicentennial

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Sun Apr 14 2:00

Murray Perahia

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Sun May 19 2:00

Verdi’s Otello

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Last Updated: September 19, 2018