Mozart Marathon on May 4th at Gallery 345

Mozart Marathon on May 4th at Gallery 345

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Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico and violinist Jacques Israelievitch perform The Complete Mozart Violin Sonatas. It is believed to be a first for Toronto to hear all 28 sonatas performed live in one day.

The marathon will be divided into four concerts – at 11 a.m., and 1, 3 and 5 p.m., with only a short break in between. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from https://be-mused.ca/event/mozartsonatas

 

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April 27, 2014 · 12:37 pm

CP24 Mozart Marathon Event Listing – May 4th All Day at Gallery 345!!!

Violinist Jacques Israelievitch and pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico perform The Complete Mozart Violin Sonatas. It is believed to be a first for Toronto to hear all 28 sonatas performed live in one day.

The marathon will be divided into four concerts – at 11 a.m., and 1, 3 and 5 p.m., with only a short break in between. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from https://be-mused.ca/event/mozartsonatas

Mozart (1756-1791) began writing these sonatas at age seven, publishing his first ones in 1764 and his last in 1788. Beethoven was particularly inspired in his own violin-piano sonatas by two of Mozart’s – the early and profound K. 304 in E minor, written in 1778, not long after the death of Mozart’s mother; and the second-last, K. 526 in A (1787).

Jacques Israelievitch says, “The earlier sonatas are generally simpler, as Mozart honed his craft. They evolve into works of greater complexity and depth. The performance itself requires a lot of stamina. I am fortunate in having a piano partner who is up to the task.”

Internationally renowned as individual artists, Petrowska Quilico and Israelievitch formed their duo at York University in 2008, after Israelievitch joined the faculty. They have given concerts of French Impressionist music and new Canadian works, among other things. Last November, as music director of the Koffler Chamber Orchestra, Maestro Israelievitch conducted a concert of Canadian women composers, in which Petrowska Quilico was soloist in piano concertos by Violet Archer and Heather Schmidt.

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April 27, 2014 · 12:12 pm

Mozart Marathon

La Scena Musicale Newswire

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April 27, 2014 · 12:01 pm

Espace Musique Review

Espace Musique Review

La pianiste canadienne Christina Petrowska Quilico a contribué à la création de 150 nouvelles œuvres musicales au cours de sa carrière. L’une de ses compositrices fétiches est sa compatriote Ann Southam et l’album Glass houses vol.2 témoigne ainsi d’un amour double : celui de Quilico pour la musique de Southam et, incidemment, celui de Southam pour le compositeur américain Philip Glass de qui la musique jouée ici s’inspire largement.

Un tourbillon de derviches tourneurs

Quilico affirme que dans les études de la série Glass houses d’Ann Southam, les doigts de l’interprète deviennent quasiment des derviches tourneurs. Je veux bien la croire. Le tourbillon de notes de ces pièces induit une sorte de transe obsédante qui n’a rien de déplaisant. Imaginez un tourbillon de formes abstraites en constante métamorphose, ondoyantes et colorées, sur un écran d’ordinateur. Imaginez maintenant une musique jouée au piano et parfaitement adaptée à ce tourbillon.

C’est moderne et accrocheur. D’ailleurs, le volume 1 de la série Glass houses a été le meilleur vendeur à vie de l’étiquette Centrediscs, une maison consacrée à la musique contemporaine canadienne.

L’offrande musicale

La musique répétitive et pulsative de Glass est célébrée ici avec un éclat chatoyant, tant par la créatrice que par l’interprète. Ce disque est une offrande musicale respectueuse et lumineuse d’une pianiste à une amie compositrice, et de cette amie à un grand mentor contemporain.

Frédéric Cardin

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April 27, 2014 · 11:55 am

A review of Piano Ecstasy – A Toronto Musical Event at Koerner Hall on April 26, 2013

A review of Piano Ecstasy - A Toronto Musical Event at Koerner Hall on April 26, 2013

Piano Ecstasy with Christina Petrowska Quilico

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April 27, 2014 · 11:38 am

Clip from Toronto Dance Theatre’s RIVERS

Toronto Dance Theatre’s mesmerizing RIVERS inspired by Ann Southam’s hypnotizing solo piano composition brought to gorgeous life by Christina Petrowska Quilico. Check out a clip here:

 

http://vimeo.com/43674762

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April 27, 2014 · 11:33 am

Glass Houses Vol. 2 CD Launch on April 22nd at the Canadian Music Centre

Glass Houses Vol. 2 CD Launch on April 22nd at the Canadian Music Centre

Tuesday, April 22, 5:30 p.m.
Doors at 5:00 p.m.
FREE
Canadian Music Centre: 20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto.
The event, featuring a performance followed by a reception, is open to the public, with free admission. However, attendees are asked to register in advance, by calling 416-961-6601 ext. 201, e-mailing aayotte@musiccentre.ca or visiting http://www.musiccentre.ca. More information is available from these sources. Doors open at 5 p.m., with a short performance at 5:30 p.m., followed by the reception.
Glass Houses Volume 2 (CMCCD 20114) features six of Southam’s Glass Houses, written in 1981, and then revised for Petrowska Quilico in 2009. (1981 was the year that Petrowska Quilico began performing Southam’s music, and began a friendship and collaboration that continued till Southam’s death in 2010.)
The pianist describes the pieces as “fiendishly difficult etudes,”, comparing the cycle of entirely fast pieces to the lightning-speed fingering of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes and the complexity of Bach’s counterpoint. As there are “no indications of dynamics, phrasing, fingering, pedaling, or other directions in the score,” it was up to Petrowska Quilico to choose how to interpret the work.
As she describes it, “Fingers become whirling dervishes, entering a mystical and ecstatic trance through suddenly shifting patterns and moods. The dizzying tempi, speed and control required from the performer make them extremely demanding and require virtuosic pianistic skills. Technically, the two hands must be able to play completely independently because the pieces are based on a mathematically precise order. But the interpreter must also have an intuitive grasp of the phrasing and flow of the music as well as the technical control of rhythmic articulation.”
Petrowska Quilico’s 2011 CD set, Glass Houses Revisited (Centrediscs CMCCD 16511), featured nine pieces, edited and revised by the pianist with the composer’s whole-hearted approval. It earned high praise internationally and has become one of Centrediscs’ all-time top sellers. John Terauds, then of the Toronto Star, gave it four stars, writing, “This is nothing short of miraculous. Toronto pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico elevates to poetry the complex musical loops created by Ann Southam. …That Petrowska Quilico can perform these nine pieces is an achievement in itself; that it makes for mesmerizing listening is the magic of art.”
Glass Houses Volume 2 represents Petrowska Quilico’s fourth Centrediscs collection recording and sixth solo CD devoted to Southam’s piano music. Besides Glass Houses Revisited, the other two titles are the two-CD cycles Rivers (Canadian Composers Portraits: Ann Southam, 2005) and the two-CD Pond Life (2009). She has also included works by Southam on four general compilation CDs.
Petrowska Quilico recently returned from a Maritime tour with Toronto Dance Theatre, performing the music of Ann Southam live in Rivers, the much-heralded dance work by Christopher House, which premiered in Toronto in 2012.
Early this year, CBC Music named Christina Petrowska Quilico one of 20 Can’t-Miss Classical Pianists of 2014: http://music.cbc.ca/#/blogs/2014/1/From-Lang-Lang-to-Angela-Hewitt-20-ca…. More information about the pianist is available at http://www.petrowskaquilico.com.
For further information, contact:
Linda Litwack
416-782-7837
e-mail: lalitwack@rogers.com

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March 29, 2014 · 11:21 pm