Jan 25, 2018

Alison Melville Joins Tafelmusik for A Recorder Romp

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February 8 to 11, 2018

“Melville shapes the phrases marvellously; music, breath, and ornaments are as one. This is art beyond time—the moment might last forever.”
– Early Music America

Toronto, January 25, 2018 …  If you thought the recorder was just an instrument for school concerts, think again! Virtuoso performer Alison Melville joins a select chamber group of Tafelmusik musicians in
A Recorder Romp, a program of delightful and daring concertos that challenge preconceptions about the recorder, February 8 to 11 at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. Radiant, whimsical, melancholic, and bright— in Melville’s hands, the recorder is restored to its original glory.

“It’s always great fun to make music with such illustrious and talented colleagues, but it’s a big bonus to play with people I’ve known and worked with for many years. There’s already a musical camaraderie, as well as a shared general perspective on questions of sound, tempo, phrasing and such—so this gives us a bit of a head start, and increased potential for greater richness in interpretation,” says Melville, a long-time Tafelmusik collaborator.

A Recorder Rompfeatures the recorder in various roles—alone, as a single soloist with a small orchestra, sharing the soloist role in a double concerto, and as one of a small group in two chamber concertos. Melville opens the program on her own with Van Eyck’s charming variations from Garden of Delights for solo recorder, the perfect antidote for long winter nights, inspired by the bewitching song of the nightingale. She performs alongside orchestra members in Vivaldi’s Concerto da camera in G Minor, which is scored for a small ensemble of soloists and features several different combinations of winds and strings. Melville is also featured in two works by Telemann: the lyrical and playful Concerto for recorder and bassoon (with Dominic Teresi), and the Quartet for recorder, oboe, violin, and continuo in G Major.  

The focus shifts to strings for two works: “Spring” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, the final installation in this season’s salute to the work, with Music Director Elisa Citterio as violin soloist, and Telemann’s Concerto for 3 violins in F Major, from Musique de table.The program closes with Melville taking centre stage in Vivaldi’s pyrotechnic Concerto in G major for solo recorder accompanied by string ensemble.

“I’m looking forward to this inventive and colourful program,” says Melville. “The music has such breadth of energy and colour, and I think it’ll be a lot of fun for the audience as well.”

Audience members are invited to join soloist Alison Melville and Tafelmusik oboist Marco Cera for a free pre-concert chat one hour before each performance.


Alison Melville’s career as a performer on recorders and historical flutes has taken her across North America and further afield, most recently to Switzerland and Finland. As a member of The Toronto Consort and Ensemble Polaris and a guest with many other ensembles, she has played in venues ranging from Tokyo’s Bunkamura Hall and NYC’s Carnegie Hall to cinemas, convents, gardens, libraries, barns, ferries, school gymnasiums, and prisons. Her extensive international TV, film, and radio credits include the soundtracks of The Tudors, CBC-TV’s beloved The Friendly Giant, films by Atom Egoyan, Malcolm Sutherland, and others, and broadcasts in the UK, Iceland, and New Zealand. Alison can be heard on over 60 CDs, including several critically acclaimed solo recordings. On the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory (OH) from 1999–2010, she teaches at early music workshops across North America and at the University of Toronto. Wearing a different hat, Alison is also sometimes found making monotype and collagraph prints.


Led by Music Director Elisa Citterio, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir is one of the world’s leading period ensembles and Canada’s most-toured orchestra. Tafelmusik engages Toronto audiences with an annual season of more than 80 concerts in diverse venues across the city, as well as national and international audiences through an extensive schedule of tours and critically acclaimed recordings. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. Tafelmusik also seeks to transport audiences to the baroque and classical periods through adventurous cross-cultural collaborations, on stage with Toronto's Opera Atelier, and underground at its new Haus Musik series. The orchestra’s musicians share their knowledge and experience through artist training initiatives such as the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer and Winter Institutes. Tafelmusik's catalogue of award-winning recordings on the SONY, CBC Records, Analekta, and Tafelmusik Media labels have garnered nine JUNO Awards and numerous other recording prizes. Jeanne Lamon continues her association with Tafelmusik as Music Director Emerita.


Tafelmusik wishes to thank the following for their generous support: BMO Financial Group, TD Bank Group, RBC Foundation, Hal Jackman Foundation, KPMG, Great West Life, London Life, Canada Life, McLean Foundation, Blakes LLP, iA Securities, Stikeman Elliott LLP, John and Margaret Catto, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Classical 96.3 FM, and NOW Magazine. Tafelmusik is a proud partner of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor.

Listing information:

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra presents A Recorder Romp with guest soloist Alison Melville
Directed byElisa Citterio

Dates & Times:

Thu Feb 8, Fri Feb 9, Sat Feb 10, 2018 at 8pm
Sun Feb 11 at 3:30pm



Ticket Prices:

Regular: Start at $43 | 65+: Start at $35 | 35 & Under: Start at $19




Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto



Box Office:

Tafelmusik Box Office: (416) 964-6337




JACOB VAN EYCK The English Nightingale, from Der Fluyten Lust-Hof

ANTONIO VIVALDI Concerto for violin in E Major, op. 8, no. 1: Spring, from The Four Seasons

G.P. TELEMANN Concerto for recorder & bassoon in F Major

A. VIVALDI Concerto da camera for recorder, oboe, violin, bassoon & continuo in G Minor, RV.107           

G.P. TELEMANN Quartet for recorder, oboe, violin & continuo in G Major

G.P. TELEMANN Concerto for 3 violins in F Major

A. VIVALDI Concerto for recorder in G Major, RV 443







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