April 5–8 at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall
April 10 at George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts
“The music of this supreme Mass and its performance were simply out of this world.”
– The Globe and Mail (on Tafelmusik’s 2011 performance)
Toronto, March 12, 2018 … Ivars Taurins directs the combined forces of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir in Bach’s B-Minor Mass, a profound work of transcendent spirituality and one of the great masterpieces of Western art music. The choir and orchestra will be joined by a stellar cast of soloists, including Dorothee Mields, soprano; Laura Pudwell, mezzo-soprano; Charles Daniels, tenor; and Tyler Duncan, baritone, for five performances: April 5–8 at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, and April 10 at George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts.
Towards the end of his life, Johann Sebastian Bach compiled a series of masterworks which would represent the culmination of almost four decades of compositional activity. The last of these was the B-Minor Mass — a work that was never performed in its entirety in Bach’s lifetime. Though in large part a compilation of meticulously reworked movements Bach had composed much earlier, the B-Minor Mass is a coherent, monumental work of great dramatic impact.
“Directing the B-Minor Mass is like a journey,” say Tafelmusik Chamber Choir director Ivars Taurins. “There are many moments along the way where you think you have arrived at Nirvana. And then Bach manages to overwhelm you again and again, in different ways and with different emotions.”
Tafelmusik last performed the B-Minor Mass in Toronto in 2011, receiving widespread critical acclaim that resonates to this day. “Tafelmusik’s previous Mass in B Minor was my first concerted introduction to the beauty of Bach’s choral music, and it remains one of my favourite and most emotionally moving live musical experiences.” (Matthew Whitfield, The Wholenote, March 2018).
Tafelmusik’s 2009 performance in Montreal was directed by Kent Nagano, which led to the orchestra’s first invitation to the Maestro’s inaugural Reate Festival in Italy.
Over the years Ivars Taurins and the choir have developed a quality of sound, intonation, word painting, and colour that brings a freshness and directness to the music they perform. Music critics have acknowledged this in countless reviews, including one from the 2011 performance of the B-Minor Mass: “If Bach, who never heard the B-Minor Mass in his lifetime, could choose a performance to listen to, this one by Tafelmusik would have been worth his while.” (The Globe and Mail).
Audience members are invited to join soprano Ann Monoyios for a free pre-concert chat one hour before each performance.
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.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir presents Bach B-Minor Mass, directed by Ivars Taurins with soloists Dorothee Mields, soprano; Laura Pudwell, mezzo-soprano; Charles Daniels, tenor; and Tyler Duncan, baritone.