Hjalmar Frey News
From mid-February to late June, three Montreal musicians undertake a journey through J.S. Bach’s greatest works for solo instruments. The midweek webcasts will be based on performances recorded in the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul. On Tuesdays, Elinor Frey will play the complete Suites for solo cello. On Wednesdays, organist Jonathan Oldengarm plays [...]
[…] However, Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) was very prolific, composing a large body of both sacred and secular works, and was enormously popular during his lifetime--as well as a major influence on J.S. Bach. After hearing Pachelbel’s Magnificat Fugues for organ--which number over 90 in all, each just one to two minutes long--cellist Amanda Keesmaat was inspired to arrange a number of the fugues for three cellos. Keesmaat, director of Space Time Continuo, invited fellow cellists Elinor Frey and Camille Paquette-Roy to join her in performing these premiere arrangements, along with Luc Beauséjour (organ) and Sylvain Bergeron (archlute) for additional music by Pachelbel, including transcriptions of his Violin Sonatas and, yes, the famous Canon.--Shira Gilbert PRLara Downes Launches Rising Sun Music Celebrating Black ComposersInspired by her own mixed-race heritage and career-long engagement with diverse musical traditions, pianist Lara Downes creates and curates a new digital recording venture, Rising Sun Music, that sheds […]
...out of silence: Louth Contemporary Music Society launches its new series with Linda Catlin Smith's Meadow
[…] that Smith, in amongst her studies, attended lectures by Morton Feldman. The three performers seem finely attuned to Smith's music and the 30-minute span of the work (there are no subdivisions) sees the three functioning as a seamless whole, weaving the aural image of the meadow in our ears. Looking ahead, future releases in the series will present music by the South African-born Irish composer Kevin Volans and the Swiss master of unexpected simplicity Jürg Frey, with whom the Louth Contemporary Music Society has over several years developed a close relationship. Linda Catlin Smith (born 1957) - MeadowMia Cooper (violin)Joachim Roewer (viola)Bill Butt (cello)Louth Contemporary Music SocietyLOUTH CONTEMPORARY MUSIC SOCIETY LCMS20201 1CD [32:25] Available from Proper Music, from Amazon.