Volume 26 Issue 2 - October 2020

thewholenote

Following the Goldberg trail from Gould to Lang Lang; Measha Brueggergosman and Edwin Huizinga on face to face collaboration in strange times; diggings into dance as FFDN keeps live alive; "Classical unicorn?" - Luke Welch reflects on life as a Black classical pianist; Debashis Sinha's adventures in sound art; choral lessons from Skagit Valley; and the 21st annual WholeNote Blue Pages (part 1 of 3) in print and online. Here now. And, yes, still in print, with distribution starting Thursday October 1.

KANNAMMA

A CONCERT OF THANKSGIVING

PRESENTED BY THE

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

OLE CHRISTIANSEN

Top: Angela Hewitt,

Bottom: David Jalbert

March 21: harpsichordist

Charlotte Nediger played

the Goldberg Aria for

#TafelmusikTogether. You

can still listen to it online!

roster of past interpreters. Nediger reserved for herself a place so

sacrosanct for this music that its appreciation was a purely private

affair: a communion of sorts with Bach and Bach alone. Her steadfast

refusal struck me at the time as being wholly Canadian in its

reverence for this music, deferring to a performance tradition that

Gould started, now inherited by pianists such as Angela Hewitt and

David Jalbert, and a seemingly endless succession of others seeking to

ascend its heights. (The WholeNote has, to date, reviewed 22 recordings

of the Goldbergs, more than any other work.)

An extraordinary aspect of Bach’s Goldberg Variations is the way

it adapts itself to the interpreter at hand – the individual experience

of this music converges with the collective one: a formidable interpretive,

intellectual and technical task for any musician, but also

demanding personal expression, in a sense entwining the performer

who is playing them. Indeed, This aspect of the journey – or the epic

Everest climb – was an integral part of the Goldbergs and their legacy,

even before Gould’s 1955 rendering. (Consider Landowska, Rudolf

Serkin, Tureck and Kirkpatrick’s early recordings.) It is the work’s

invitation to make it an individual statement that still has us lining up

as musicians to ascend its heights, and perhaps plant a flag there that

some collective other will claim as their own.

See Lang Lang on the Goldberg trail, page 50

Join us online for a concert of

songs of thanks, gratitude

and love that span several

centuries, multiple genres

and disciplines, and cross

cultures. The TMC is joined by

20

guest curator Suba Sankaran,

musicians of the TSYO and TSO, a

visual artist, a South Indian drummer,

and an Odissi dancer for this online

musical journey.

TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR

21

SIMON RIVARD, CONDUCTOR

SUBA SANKARAN, GUEST CURATOR

SATURDAY,

OCTOBER 10, 2020

AT 8:00 PM

www.livestream.com/tmchoir/kannamma

TWO MORE 2020 CONCERTS

REMEMBRANCE DAY

with guest curator

Andrew Balfour

FESTIVAL OF CAROLS

A TMC holiday tradition

www.tmchoir.org

This is a free online

concert event.

Please donate to the TMC

in support of our online

programming.

Photo of Supriya Nayak by Ed Hanley

thewholenote.com October 2020 | 9

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines