Jan 13, 2016

Tafelmusik Comes Full Circle with Beethoven’s 9th Live Recording and Concerts Feb. 4 – 7

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“ … Weil and his [Tafelmusik] players convince us that Beethoven can sound as radical in the 21st century as he must have done in the 19th.” — Gramophone

January 13, 2016 … Tafelmusik celebrates a major milestone — 18 years in the making — with four performances and a live recording of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under conductor Bruno Weil, thereby completing its cycle of recordings of all nine Beethoven symphonies. The concerts take place February 4 through 7, 2016 at Koerner Hall, and feature the combined forces of the orchestra, choir, and guest soloists Sigrid Plundrich, soprano; Mary-Ellen Nesi, mezzo soprano; Colin Balzer, tenor; and Simon Tischler, bass-baritone. Audiences for these concerts will watch Tafelmusik make history, as it becomes the first North American orchestra to record all nine Beethoven symphonies on period instruments.

The first half of the concert features the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir in three a cappella choral works directed by Ivars Taurins including Valediction, a new commission by Canadian composer Jeffrey Ryan; Abendliedby Rheinberger; and Warum ist das Licht gegeben by Brahms. A post-performance Talkback (Q&A) takes place after each concert, and Tafelscene will host a 35 & under intermission party on Saturday, February 6.

Beethoven’s 9th is one of the pinnacles of the symphonic repertoire and marks the first time that the human voice was woven into the texture of a symphonic score. The 9th is a celebration of the human spirit, culminating with the exhilarating “Ode to Joy” — a melody that has been widely adopted around the world, from becoming the official anthem of the European Union to marking the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

The 9th Symphony recording marks the 25th anniversary of Tafelmusik’s first collaboration with Maestro Weil, who said, “We approach the Beethoven concerts and recording as if they were the very first performance, as though the music had been composed yesterday. This is the real thing — there’s no sense of routine with Tafelmusik musicians and everybody’s playing with a full heart and a full soul and spirit. That is the secret to a great performance.”

Since 1998 Tafelmusik has recorded eight of the Beethoven symphonies on the Tafelmusik Media, Analekta, and Sony Classical labels. Acclaim for Tafelmusik’s Beethoven concerts and recordings has continued to build over almost two decades, with critics remarking on the orchestra’s ability to reveal new textures in these well-known works: “Pungent natural horns, soft-edged woodwinds, and the fragile earthiness that comes from gut strings tuned to a lower-than-modern pitch made Tafelmusik’s spirited readings feel like a tour of so many secret gardens.”  (The Globe and Mail)

Listing Information:   Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir presents Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with guest director Bruno Weil |All-choral first half directed by Ivars Taurins

Dates + Times:

Thurs Feb 4, Fri Feb 5, Sat Feb 6, 2016 at 8 pm
Sun Feb 7 at 3:30 pm




Jeffrey Ryan



Warum ist das Licht gegeben, op. 74


Symphony no. 9

Ticket Prices:

Start at $48| 65+: Start at $38 | 35 & Under: $26 - $91


Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning,
273 Bloor Street W.

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