October 16, 2015
Elizabeth Dolin, cello; Laurence Kayaleh, violin; Claire Ouellet, piano
- Schumann (1810-1856) - Five Pieces in Folk Style, op. 102 for cello and piano
- Schumann (1810-1856) - Sonata for violin and piano in A minor, no. 1 op. 105
- Beethoven (1770-1827) - "Archduke" Trio no.7 in B flat major, op. 97
Beethoven's Archduke Trio is without controversy the most famous of his piano trios. There's a sad note to its first performance; Beethoven already quite deaf insisted on playing himself and as the famous violinist Louis Spohr wrote: "...on account of his deafness, there was scarcely anything left of the virtuosity of the artist which had formerly been so greatly admired". There will be no lack of virtuosity in this performance of the trio as we welcome the return of three of Montreal's best chamber musicians. Also on the program a set of five lovely pieces for cello and piano by Schumann as well as his beautiful sonata for violin and piano.
November 13, 2015
Trio Lajoie: Ariane Lajoie, violin; Julie Hereish, cello; Akiko Tominaga, piano
- W.A. Mozart (1756-1791) - Divertimento in B flat Major, K. 254
- Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) - Piano Trio No. 2 in D Minor, H327
- Anton Arensky (1861-1906) - Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32
In a well anticipated return performance of Trio Lajoie we will have the pleasure to hear Mozart's very first piano trio, the Divertimento in B flat Major, where between the two fast movements lies a beautiful adagio where Mozart's genius for melody is unquestionably evident. Then Martinu's second trio in D minor with its brilliant third movement, followed by Arensky's trio no.1. Op.32 in D minor written in memory of legendary Russian cellist Karl Davidov where one can hear the influence of Tchaikovsky.
December 11, 2015
Krista Martynes, clarinet; Emily Westell, violin; Philip Chiu, piano
- Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) - Suite for clarinet, violin, and piano, Op. 157b, after incidental music for "Le voyageur sans baggage"
- Bela Kovács (1937-) - Homage to Manuel de Falla for Solo Clarinet
- Poulenc (1899-1963) - Sonata for clarinet and piano, FP 184
- Brahms (1833-1897) - Hungarian Dances for clarinet, violin, and piano
- Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) - Trio for clarinet, violin and piano in G minor
Another welcome return, pianist Philip Chiu, who will enchant our audience with his witty comments and charming personality in a stunning performance, along with virtuoso clarinetist Krista Martynes and violinist Emily Westell. They will entertain us with an eclectic program in a wide range of styles, from Brahms to Khachaturian, as well as Darius Milhaud's short but delightful trio for clarinet, violin and piano.
January 22, 2016
Gerald Morin, cello; Sylvia Bruns, piano; Stephanie Morin, flute
- Beethoven (1770-1827) - Sonata for cello and piano Op.5 no.1 in F major
- Pierre Sancan (1916-2008) - Sonatine for flute and piano
- Gaubert (1879-1941) - Trois Aquarelles - flute, cello and piano
- Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) - Trio for flute, cello and piano in G minor, opus 63
Flute lovers will be delighted to hear Dutilleux and Gaubert's exquisite works; Trois Aquarelles is Gaubert's attempt to "translate water color into sound with beautiful and novel textures and colors." Beethoven's well-loved first sonata for the cello and piano is historically important as it was the very first sonata for these two instruments where they were given unprecedented equality and where by his technical demands Beethoven elevated the cello to new musical frontiers. For this splendid program we welcome three exceptional performers from the same family.
February 19, 2016
String Quartet: Roman Fraser, violin; Maïthéna Girault, violin; Giulia Pozzi, viola; Joshua Morris, cello
- Haydn (1732-1809) : String Quartet Op. 50 No.6
- Webern (1883-1945): Langsamer Satz
- J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Suite No. 4, BWV 1010
- Beethoven (1770-1827): String Trio Op. 9 No. 3
Haydn's string quartet Op. 50 no. 6, nicknamed The Frog, is the most famous of a set of six dedicated to the king of Prussia. Langsamer Satz (Slow Movement) is an early work by Webern, written when he was only 22, and deeply rooted in post-Brahmsian romanticism and tonality. Marina Thibeault will give us the opportunity to hear the rich tones of the viola in two movements of Bach's Suite No. 4. This concert will end with Beethoven's trio Op. 9 No. 3, according to his own words, one of his favorite works.
March 11, 2016
Pallade Musica: Tanya Laperrière, violin; Elinore Frey, cello; Mark Edwards, harpsichord; Esteban LaRotta, theorbo
- An evening of Baroque Music
For the last concert of the season Pallade Musica offers us an evening of baroque music with a dazzling display of virtuosity. We will have the opportunity to see and hear unique baroque instruments, and among these a wonderful 5 string cello especially made for Elinor Frey. The members of Pallade Musica appear regularly with leading early music ensembles all over the world while pursuing successful careers as soloists and teachers.