May 3 to 6 at Koerner Hall
“Weil and [Tafelmusik] players convince us that Beethoven can sound as radical in the 21st century as he must have done in the 19th.”
Toronto, April 3, 2018 … The 2017/18 season wraps up with a remarkable program that brings together long-time Tafelmusik collaborator Bruno Weil as conductor, Music Director Emerita Jeanne Lamon as concertmaster, and Music Director Elisa Citterio as violin soloist. From May 3 to 6, 2018 at Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Weil conducts the orchestra in performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral.” The thrilling culmination of this program features Elisa Citterio’s much anticipated solo performance in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, and marks Tafelmusik’s debut performances of one of the world’s best-known concertos.
Completed just days before its tenuous 1806 premiere, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto languished in relative obscurity for decades. Today it is considered one of the iconic works of the violin concerto repertoire. Almost 45 minutes in length, the concerto is also technically demanding for the soloist. In keeping with tradition, Elisa Citterio will provide her own cadenza for the concerto.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral” premiered in 1808, and couldn’t be more of a contrast to the tense brooding mood of the composer’s Symphony No. 5. In his program notes for these concerts, Tafelmusik cellist Allen Whear invites us to “savour the symphony’s opening, the composer’s expression of his love of nature: ‘Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arrival in the countryside.’ With soft dynamics, droning fifths in the bass, and simple harmonies, Beethoven invites us to relax from the outset, as if taking us by the hand and sharing his delight.”
Tafelmusik is no stranger to the music of Beethoven and has performed and recorded all nine symphonies under the direction of Maestro Weil. In 1999, for the first time, Toronto audiences heard Tafelmusik perform these works on the instruments for which they were written. Those ground-breaking concerts garnered acclaim from critics, and paved the way for a fruitful artistic collaboration that has continued for more than 25 years. “Conductor Weil … simply brings out the best in this orchestra … Weil is so sure in his interpretations, so clear in his direction, that the musicians of the orchestra seem to feel an abandon in their playing that is rare, even for them” (The Globe and Mail).
Audience members are invited to join Tafelmusik celllist Allen Whear for a free pre-concert chat one hour before each performance. Following the Thu May 3 concert, the audience is welcome to a free informal post-concert discussion with our musicians and guest artists.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
BRUNO WEIL, conductor
Bruno Weil is one of the leading conductors of music of Viennese Classicism. Born in Germany, he was a master student of Hans Swarowsky and Franco Ferrara. A prize winner of several international competitions, positions have included General Music Director of Germany’s City of Augsburg and the City of Duisburg, Music Director of California’s Carmel Bach Festival, and Artistic Director of the Klang und Raum Festival, at which Tafelmusik was orchestra-in-residence. He is currently Music Director of Cappella Coloniensis and continues his longtime collaboration with Tafelmusik. Numerous recordings have been released under the Sony Classical, BMG, and Tafelmusik Media labels, including the complete Beethoven Symphony cycle with Tafelmusik.
ELISA CITTERIO, violin soloist
The brilliant violinist Elisa Citterio joined Tafelmusik as Music Director this season. In her native Italy she divided her artistic life between orchestral work and an intense schedule as a chamber musician. She has recorded and toured, often as leader, with such ensembles as Dolce & Tempesta, Europa Galante, Accademia Bizantina, Accordone, Zefiro, La Venexiana, La Risonanza, Ensemble 415, and Il Giardino Armonico. From 2004 she was a member of the Orchestra del Teatro della Scala di Milano. Elisa studied violin and viola at the L. Marenzio Conservatory in her hometown of Brescia. Post-graduate work included baroque violin studies with Enrico Onofri, Luigi Mangiocavallo, and Chiara Banchini. Her discography includes more than 35 recordings of Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Corelli, Monteverdi, and Haydn.
JEANNE LAMON, concertmaster
Music Director of Tafelmusik from 1981 to 2014, Jeanne Lamon has been praised by critics in Europe and North America for her strong musical leadership. She has won numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from York University, Mount Saint Vincent University, and University of Toronto, and the prestigious Molson Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2000, Jeanne Lamon was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2014, a Member of the Order of Ontario. She is in demand as guest director of symphony orchestras in North America and abroad. She is an enthusiastic teacher of young professionals, which she does as Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. Jeanne is the Artistic Director of the Health Arts Society of Ontario, an organization dedicated to providing seniors in long-term care and retirement homes with quality concerts, a project to which she is passionately devoted.
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 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.
2017/18 SEASON PARTNERS
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, Margaret and John Catto, Margaret and Jim Fleck, The Pluralism Fund, 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 All-Beethoven Season Finale