The 19 Rhapsodies are barely heard in their entirety, perhaps because of the extreme technical demands made upon the performer. But Tchaikovsky Competition award winner Misha Dichter is convinced that we gain a much deeper understanding of Liszt's keyboard genius if we move beyond the familiar barnstorming of the Second to the last four rhapsodies, with their far-reaching harmonic implications. The booklet notes by Dichter offer a guide to the style required for the interpretation of the works and a personal memoir of the pleasure he took in recording them.
Violinist Julia Wedman is a member of several notable Canadian ensembles, including Tafelmusik, The Knights, the Eybler String Quartet, and I Furiosi. Her first solo outing takes on the rollercoaster of emotion that is Heinrich Biber's Mystery Sonatas, conceived as meditations on the joyful, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries of the Roman Catholic Rosary.
Rossini's six String Sonatas, composed in three days when the composer was just 12 years old, display a sound grasp of the music of Haydn and Mozart. Each player is given his own voice, and each work poses considerable difficulties for the players, especially the second violin part, which Rossini wrote for himself. The emotional depth found in these works is astonishing-especially considering the age of the composer.
June 26-July 2
This month, we're celebrating modern film music to honor a pioneer of film music.
Symphonic themes from film and stage influenced by the folk music of the Celtic lands-Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle Of Man, Cornwall, Brittany, and Galicia-are performed by The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Highlights include James Horner's heart-wrenching themes to Braveheart and Titanic, Howard Shore's Academy Award-winning music from The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, the chilling lament "Women Of Ireland" from Barry Lyndon, and "The Donnybrook" from The Quiet Man.