Chamberfest’s new music showcase well performed

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Chamberfest Day 12

New Music Now

De la Salle High School, Monday afternoon

Monday was the first day of New Music Now, a brief (perhaps too brief) series of concerts of contemporary music, three on Monday and three on Tuesday.

Of the Monday concerts given at noon, 1:30 and 3:00, I attended the second and third featuring pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico and the Ensemble Prisme respectively.

Petrowska Quilico has been Canada’s foremost keyboard proponent of new music for at least 30 years. Her recitals are always interesting, offering music we rarely hear otherwise.

On Monday afternoon she presented two works by Ann Southam and one each by Patrick Cardy, Steven Gellman and Constantine Caravassilis.

The first of the Southam pieces, Stitches in Time, was made up of several very short minimalist movements that failed to engage this listener’s interest. The other, one of her extensive set called Glass Houses, was…

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One of CBC’s “Can’t Miss Classical Pianists of 2014″, Christina Petrowska Quilico

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Christina Petrowska Quilico finding peace in contemporary music

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Some composers write for themselves. Others write for a muse, a vessel for their genius. But when a composer and a performer develop true complicity, the writing happens with, not for, and both are enriched.

Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico and composer Ann Southam enjoyed a 30-year personal and professional friendship that lasted until Southam’s death from lung cancer in 2010.  Southam’s eventual complete shift from electronic to acoustic music was due in no small part to Petrowska Quilico’s influence; the two met in 1979 when the composer asked the pianist, who was teaching at York University and was already established as a champion of Canadian music, to record a demo.

“I remember thinking ‘boy, these tempo markings are really slow’,” Petrowska Quilico recalls. “I mean, it was one of the dullest things I’d ever played. At the time I was seven or eight months pregnant; I figured Ann couldn’t get…

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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

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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