Archive for July, 2008

CHAMBERFEST ’08 OPENING GALA by Stanley Fefferman

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Friday , June 25, 2008, Chalmers United, Ottawa.

Isabel Bayrakdarian explains the tango: it is the voice of Argentina’s poor who have only one freedom to express their hope of rising above the crush of circumstance– the tango. Isabel! Her voice is a bell that rings out freedom.

Through her singing, we are drawn into the yearning, passion and drama that live in the songs of those masters of Tango, Gardel and Piazzolla. Bayrakdarian also sings in Armenian, French, Arabic, English and German, testifying to the power of tango to expand its expressiveness world-wide.

Many of the songs are arranged by her husband and pianist Serouj Kradjian, sometimes in collaboration with virtuoso bandoneon-player Fabian Carbone. They both feature brilliantly in the Tango Notturno Ensemble which includes the skilled violinist Marie Berard, the versatile and charming bassist Roberto Occhipinti, Roman Borys of the Gryphon Trio—Chamberfest’s Musical Directors, and the soulful clarinet of Shalom Bard.

One could not hope for a more richly satisfying gala opening to this 15th feast that holds Ottawa  for two weeks in the world’s chamber music spotlight.

Christina Petrowska Quilico’s 20th CD

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

One of Canada’s foremost pianists, Petrowska Quilico is widely recognized as an innovative and adventurous artist and a leading champion of the music of our time. She has appeared in solo recitals, chamber settings and with orchestras on four continents. Much in demand as an interpreter of contemporary music, she has premiered more than 100 works, many written especially for her. A professor of piano performance and musicology at York since 1987, she frequently collaborates in live and recorded performances with her colleagues.

“Ings”, released on the Welspringe label, is a two-CD compilation of performances recorded by and broadcast on CBC Radio during the last few years.Released on the Welspringe label, Ings is a two-CD compilation of live performances recorded by and broadcast on CBC Radio during the last few years. Selections, mainly by Canadian (Ann Southam’s “Glass Houses”) and American composers – along with Messiaen and Boulez from France, England’s Gavin Bryars, and Japan’s Toru Takemitsu and Masamitsu Takahashi – range from the spiritual and sacred to blues, boogies and jazz– from Alexina Louie’s Star-filled Night to a swinging Suite by William Westcott.

Produced by David Jaeger, whose Quivi Sospiri is also featured, the CD is named for the title track, 6 Ings by American composer Henry Cowell (1897-1965). The Ings, composed in 1917, are evocative musical portrayals of Floating, Frisking, Fleeting, Scooting, Wafting and Seething.