Tafelmusik Blog

Oct 15, 2012

A blending of styles - October 15, 2012

Marco Cera (oboe, baroque guitar & ciaramella)

Oct 10, 2012

Nostalgic for Napoli - October 10, 2012

Marco Cera (oboe, baroque guitar & ciaramella)

May 24, 2012

Beethoven Eroica - May 24, 2012

Edwin Huizinga (violin)

I’m wondering what all the clicking noise is by my feet and realize my flip flops are flopping around in excitement. Yay yay, I’m a little boy waiting for something exciting to happen! Well, kind of – except I just showed up at work with Tafelmusik and Bruno Weil is about to give the downbeat to Beethoven’s Third Symphony. It’s going to be a good day!

May 3, 2012

Bach and the Violin - May 3, 2012

Patricia Ahern (violin)

We had our first performance of the Rachel Podger programme last night, and it was great fun! From the very first notes of the Bach's E major violin concerto, Rachel happily and energetically led us with all the same brilliance and detail that we worked on in rehearsals. Our recorder/flute soloists Alison Melville and Matthias Maute were virtuosic and a treat to hear in a Telemann concerto and then also in Brandenburg Concerto #4.

Apr 30, 2012

Bach and the Violin - April 30, 2012

Patricia Ahern (violin)

We just finished our first rehearsals of the Rachel Podger programme. It was a full day of 6 hours of rehearsal, and yet the time just flew! Rachel is so friendly and sweet, but she is very detailed in all her requests, bringing out nuances and phrasing in every suggestion.

Mar 30, 2012

Choral Spectacular - March 30, 2012

Tannis Sprott (soprano)

We returned to our home turf of Trinity-St. Paul’s Thursday night for our second “opening”. Although we couldn’t wave back, we did see all sorts of friends and family waving and cheering us on. The church is an intimate enough setting I recognized many regular subscribers, even though we have never met.

Mar 28, 2012

Choral Spectacular - March 28, 2012

Tannis Sprott (soprano)

It’s Wednesday morning, and as I start in on my second cup of coffee of the morning, I’m reflecting on last night’s opening concert at George Weston Recital Hall. It was an amazing evening, with an incredibly warm and receptive audience to accompany us on our musical journey.

Mar 26, 2012

Choral Spectacular - March 26, 2012

Tannis Sprott (soprano)

We began our Saturday rehearsal on an introspective note. Our former rehearsal accompanist, Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill, passed away unexpectedly last week. Even in a city the size of Toronto, the musical community is a small one, and he had many friends among the choir who wished to attend the funeral. It leant a special resonance and poignancy to our rehearsal of the Bach funeral anthem Der Gerechte kommt um. Music encapsulates all of life’s journeys, and our choral program encompasses them all.

Mar 23, 2012

Choral Spectacular - March 23, 2012

Will Johnson (tenor)

On Monday Evening this week we rehearsed our 20th century repertoire at Bloor Street United Church, which is just down the street from our regular venue at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre. We started the rehearsal working through a setting of the Gloria from the Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin, moved on to the Lauridsen: La rose complète, and then onto our Poulenc motets. As we try to remain as authentic as possible to the texts, our Poulenc Latin pieces are sung using French pronunciation. One of the tricky things about singing French Latin is the nasalized vowels.

Mar 13, 2012

Choral Spectacular - March 13, 2012

Will Johnson (tenor)

Bach, Handel, Frank Martin, Poulenc, Tavener, Whitacre – Our 30th anniversary concert is quite a diverse program! It’s very exciting to sing these classic motets and mass settings. As a primarily baroque choir it’s both refreshing and challenging to sing 20th Century music – it certainly keeps us on our toes.