Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico hosts This Is My Music


Glass Houses Revisited reviews

Glass Houses Revisited (Music of Ann Southam):

One of The 30-best-Canadian-classical-recordings-ever CBC Music (on a list with Glenn Gould`s recordings of the Bach Goldberg Variations, and other major classics)

One of 10 Pieces of Classical Music Everyone Should Know CBC Music (on a list with Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Strauss, Bizet and Copland).

One of 10 Piano Pieces Everyone Should Know CBC Music (along with works by Debussy, Chopin, Beethoven, Ravel, Liszt, Glass, Bach and Handel)

“This recording is the result of an extended collaboration – and friendship – between the distinguished Canadian composer Ann Southam and her most devoted interpreter, pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico. Petrowska Quilico selected an assortment of pieces from Southam’s 1981 Glass Houses series, then added her own spin with the composer’s blessing. She describes them as ‘fiendishly difficult etudes’ played at breakneck speed. Petrowska Quilico manages the technical demands with supreme virtuosity and creates a complex sound tapestry that pays personal tribute to one of Canada’s most engaging musical figures.” – Denise Ball, CBC Music Classical/blogs:The-30-best-Canadian-classical-recordings-ever

“Christina Petrowska Quilico…exhibits enormous strength, stamina and an amazingly crisp, clean articulation.” – Art Lange, Fanfare Magazine, reviewing Mystic Streams

“She has a remarkably luminous tone that draws the listener to the music in a way that not many pianists can manage.” – American Record Guide, reviewing Northern Sirens

“Petrowska is …an excellent musician, technically skillful and interpretively sound. She knows her way through the thorny thickets of Messiaen, Boulez, and the other contemporary composers, delivering their strange rhythms and discords effectively. I’m particularly taken by hearing the eerie sounds of the Boulez sonata again.” – American Record Guide, July/August 2003, reviewing Gems with an Edge

Christina Petrowska Quilico finding peace in contemporary music

Ottawa Citizen

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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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