Christmas and De Notenkraken

December 23, 2014 in Classical

Christmas is just around the corner. And Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker has become synonymous with the holiday season. There are countless interpretations, but here is Montreal-born conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra performing the classic ballet work. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Ann Southam’s Fast River #2: Christina Petrowska Quilico Live Piano Performance

December 8, 2014 in Classical

I was driving to a meeting the other day and heard this piece on CBC’s “Shift” with Tom Allen. I had to stop and listen to this amazing performance. This piece was in the back of my mind throughout my entire meeting. By the time arrived home, I immediately googled Ann Southam and found this video. Enjoy.

Lang Lang and Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C Minor

December 1, 2014 in Classical, Piano

The world-class virtuoso artist Lang Lang returns to Montreal to perform a solo recital in March 2015. Versatile and charismatic, the young pianist powerfully and expressively interprets Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C minor, K. 491.

Marc-André Hamelin- Variations on a Theme by Paganini

November 24, 2014 in Classical, Piano

He’s a fantastic CBC recording of a Montréal expat, Marc-André Hamelin performing Paganini’s Variations on a Theme. Hamelin’s technical skill is matched by his musicality.

Spanish Food and Music

July 4, 2014 in Classical, Jazz

Montreal will soon have a taste of the Catalan cuisine of maestro of avant-garde tapas Carles Abellan. The international outpost of his restaurant Tapas 24 is expected to make its highly anticipated debut this summer. Under the influence of Iberian culture and  the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, I recently stumbled upon a recording of legendary jazz artist Miles Davis interpreting Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.

Minna Re Shin – Coral (Canto do Sertão) – H. Villa-Lobos

June 26, 2014 in Classical, Piano

Summer is here finally! Here’s a video of an interpretation of one of Villa-Lobos’ pieces I recorded on a friend’s piano one Saturday afternoon.