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Beethoven’s Ninth

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 “Choral” By the time his 9th Symphony premiered in Vienna in 1824, Ludwig van Beethoven – an overtly humanist and political composer – was profoundly deaf, and he heard not a single note of it. As the first choral symphony ever written by a major composer, his 9th broke with the Classical […]

Beethoven Symphony No. 7

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 exudes a cheerful exuberance of celestial proportion. Composed at the same time as the celebrated “Immortal Beloved” letters of 1812, the mysterious 10-page note was penned by the lovelorn composer over the course of two days. Found only after his death, its addressee remains unknown […]

Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral” “A Titan, wrestling with the gods”, was how Richard Wagner aptly described Beethoven and his music. Symphony No. 4 bears the unmistakable stylistic fingerprint of the bold composer: strength, spirited manipulations of harmony and key, and structure shaped by innovation and ingenuity. Beethoven is also to many, the […]

Beethoven’s Fifth

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 The NAC Orchestra brings to life Beethoven’s electrifying and tempestuous Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Groundbreaking when it debuted in 1808, the world’s most famous symphony gives virtually every instrument in the orchestra a solo, each individual voice on a collective journey culminating in powerful triumph. One would be hard-pressed to find anyone […]

Opening Night with Beethoven

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” Beethoven’s first three symphonies are invested with every quality of the human condition, brilliantly illuminating the young composer’s humanist and idealistic beliefs. Lose yourself in this unforgettable evening of music from Ludwig van Beethoven, the musical superstar of the 19th century whose work has inspired, […]

Lortie Plays Mozart | Lortie joue Mozart

ROSSINI Overture to L’Italiana in Algeri MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7  “Ah, we shall never be able to do anything like that!” Beethoven told a friend, when he first heard Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24. Grandly orchestrated, moody, and tumultuous, Mozart’s greatest piano concerto has held audiences spellbound for more than 200 years. Savour the elegant […]

Beethoven on Record

For the CBTC fall series finale on Saturday December 2, 2017: Star Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin (Silver Medalist, 2015 Chopin International Piano Competition) takes the stage with virtuoso duo partner Andrew Wan (Concertmaster, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal) for BEETHOVEN ON RECORD, featuring masterpieces for violin and piano by L. V. Beethoven shortly to be released […]

Beethoven on Record

For the CBTC fall series finale, pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin (2nd prize, 2015 Chopin International Piano Competition) and violinist Andrew Wan (Concertmaster, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal) perform Sonatas for violin and piano by L. V. Beethoven. Andrew Wan, violin Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

Concert Review: Trio Grand-Duc

Alex Binkley: “Trio Grand-Duc is a relative newcomer to [the scene] but if their performance at MacKay United Church is any indication of their potential, the three young musicians have a brilliant future ahead.”

Music for the season

There are undoubtedly many ways to celebrate the arrival of spring with music. The Divertimento Orchestra delivered an enjoyable and inspiring tribute to the end of winter at its final concert of the season April 22 and 23. It opened with Gaetano Donizetti’s Overture to Don Pasquale, a short piece that frequently changes tone and […]