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June 18   -  

We've Moved!

This blog is now retired. You can find all of the posts as well as new La Scena Musicale online content, news, and back issues at mySCENA.org.

June 10   -  

Lebrecht Weekly - Cameron Carpenter: All you need is Bach (Sony)

2/5 stars Before we go any further, let me declare once and for all that I am done with three stars. Everywhere else, critics award three stars as a kind of neutral, no-harm-done mark for something they neither love nor hate. Myself, I’ve ...

June 3   -  

Lebrecht Weekly - Feldman, Crumb: Piano pieces (Hyperion)

5/5 stars Every few months I take my ears out for a cleaning. This is not as easy as it sounds. Finding music that is original, unfamiliar, astringent, elevating and altogether uncomplacent restricts the seeker to the dustiest corners of recorded ...

May 27   -  

Lebrecht Weekly - Anonymous: Six concertos (CPO)

3/5 stars The best fun I’ve had all week is trying to identify the composers of six 18th century concertos that have turned up in the vaults of the Saxon State University library in Dresden. Five of the concertos are for flute, which suggest ...

May 23   -  

Review: Les Feluettes by Opéra de Montréal and Pacific Opera Victoria

Jean-Michel Richer (Comte Vallier de Tilly) et Etienne Dupuis (Simon Doucet)Photo, Yves Renaud Saturday night’s world premiere of Les Feluetteswas an accomplishment long in the making. A ...

May 23   -  

Cette semaine à Montréal (23 à 29 mai) / This Week in Montreal (May 23–29)

English Follows Etienne Dupuis (Simon Doucet) Photo: Yves Renaud Le War Requiem de Britten à la Maison Symphonique Kent Nagano et l’OSM, accompagnés du chœur de l’OSM, présentent le

May 20   -  

Lebrecht Weekly - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 2 and 8 (Onyx)

4/5 stars Unless you live in England – and, in most of the country, even if you do – you will have few opportunities to hear live performances of the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, the dominant national composer between Elgar and ...

May 20   -  

Review: Chants Libres - The Trials of Patricia Isasa

Rebecca Woodmass, coloratura soprano (young Patricia). Photo: Mathieu Dupuis Last night’s world premiere of Kristin Norderval’s The Trials of Patricia Isasa at the Monument-National was a ...

May 16   -  

Cette semaine à Montréal (16 à 22 mai) / This Week in Montreal (May 16–22)

English follows SMCQ – Derniers concerts de la série John Rea Dans une mise en scène de Denis Marleau, Walter Boudreau et Plaisirs du clavecin interprètent Le petit livre des Ravalet, atypique opéra signé John Rea, ...

May 13   -  

Petrenko, Thibaudet : du charme et du caractère

Vasily Petrenko, photo Mark McNulty par Jeanne Hourez S’il y avait un concert à ne pas manquer cette semaine, c’était celui que nous a offert la Maison symphonique mercredi. Fort de son choix éclectique, le programme de ...
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