August 3 2013 - Alex Ross, organ

Thank you to everyone who came to Alex Ross's excellent organ recital yesterday. We hope you enjoy this review from an impressed audience member. (If you would like to do a concert review, please email l'!)

Concert Review
Montreal is the North American city, more than any other, where the pipe organ is king. Buxtehude, Bach and Messiaen are the crown princes. Alex Ross, organ scholar at Christ ChurchCathedral, did the occasional organ concert-goer a service this past Saturday by introducing us to some other members of the royal family. Perhaps we have heard Langlais but who among us peasants ever thought that even Amadeus composed for the organ king. Alex, student turned teacher, started us off with the virtuosity of Joseph Bonnet, the opening passage, a brief toccata clearly indebted to Bach, and, after Bonnet, Alex skillfully led us through Karam, Lübeck and Langlais to the complexity of Mozart. We were in turn surprised by Bourgeois’ Serenade composed in 11/8 and 13/8 time as a lively postlude for Bourgeois’ own wedding. The closing work was Jehan Alain’s Litanies in which the comic is eventually resolved into the serious and reason gives way to faith. Bravo, bravo, Alex, arcibravo! Evviva the King of Instruments!
samedi 3 août 2013 / Saturday 3rd August 2013
16h 30 / 4.30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal

Alex Ross, organ  / orgue
'The King of Instruments / Le Roi des instruments'
Variations de concert op. 1 (1906)
          I. Introduction et thème
          II. 1er variation
          III. 2me variation
          IV. 3me variation
          V. 4me variation et finale                                                                Joseph Bonnet  (1884–1944)

Divertimento (1959)                                                                           Frederick Karam (1926–1978)

Præambulum in E-Dur LübWV 7                                                        Vincent Lübeck (1654–1740)

Suite médiévale: Méditation sur ubi caritas et Jesu dulcis memoria (1950)       
                                                                                                                        Jean Langlais (1907–1991)

Fantaisie en fa mineur K. 594 (1790)
          I. Adagio
          II. Allegro
          III. Adagio                                                                                            W. A. Mozart (1756–1791)

Serenade op. 22 (1990)                                                                               Derek Bourgeois (n. 1941)

Litanies JA 119 (1937)                                                                                     Jehan Alain (1911–1940)

July 27 2013 - Agape Trio

Congratulations to the Agape Trio for a wonderful concert last Saturday. The early Shostakovich trio (written when he was just a teenager) was a revelation, the Mozart breezed along like a sunny summer's afternoon, and the Beethoven Ghost Trio slow movement held us all in stillness and awe as the beautiful music floated over us, way up into the cathedral's painted ceiling. Thank you Haruyo, Flaviu and Loredana, and we look forward to having you back again at L'Oasis Musicale.

samedi 27 juillet 2013 / Saturday 27th July 2013
Christ Church Cathedral
16h30 / 4:30 PM

Agape Trio


Piano Trio in C major, K. 548  
W.A. Mozart (1756-1791) Allegro, Andante cantabile, Allegro

Piano Trio no.1 in C minor, Opus 8
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, Opus 49                                                     
Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
Molto allegro ed agitato, Andante con moto tranquillo

Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace, Finale: Allegro assai appassionato 

July 20, 2013 - Patrick Wedd, organ

Concert Review
Patrick Wedd, organist and music director of Christ Church Cathedral, had barely touched the keys and pedals of the 1980 Wilhelm organ unleashing the Toccata and Fugue in D-minor and it was as if it were he who had cut through the heat and humidity under which Montreal had laboured for days. The bolt of lightning and long roll of thunder that marked the opening of the toccata would in moments surrender to the logic, balance and sonority that mark the resolution of the fugue.  The storm had passed.  No need now for the flutter of fans as Patrick deftly led the programme through a collection of Bach’s best-loved melodies that brought smiles of recollection from even the most casual of tourists who had stumbled by accident upon the Saturday afternoon recital.

Patrick Wedd organ / orgue
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)  His best-loved Melodies / Ses plus belles mélodies

samedi 20 juillet 2013 / Saturday 20th July 2013
16h30 / 4:30 PM at Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal. (Ste-Catherine/University, Métro McGill)

Toccata und Fuge in d, BWV 565

Air, Orchestersuite in D, BWV 1068

Fuge in g, BWV 578

Largo, Klavierconcert 5 in f , BWV 1056

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147

Praeludium und Fuge in Es, BWV 552

July 13, 2013 - Linda Brady, piano

Concert Review
Congratulations to Linda Brady for a beautiful recital last Saturday! An intimate appreciative audience was genuinely moved by her insightful and sensitive interpretations. Linda has been a regular guest in  the recital series over the years, and we look forward to hearing her again at L’Oasis Musicale very soon!

samedi 13 juillet, 16h 30 / Saturday July 13th at 4.30pm
Linda Brady, piano

Sonata in C minor D 958  Franz Schubert (1797- 1828)
Allegro, Adagio, Minuetto and Trio, Allegro
Spanish dance no 2 in C minor
                  Enrique Granados (1867 – 1916)
Les collines D'Anacapri Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
Ondine                                  (Préludes, Livre 2)

July 6, 2013 - Duo Rêverie, Celtic harp and flute duo

 samedi 6 juillet 2013 / Saturday 6th July 2013
16h30 / 4:30 PM
                                       Duo Rêverie

Airs folkloriques du Royaume Uni et d’Irlande

Traditional folk melodies from the United Kingdom and Ireland
Hannah Roberts Brockow  - harpe celtique / Celtic harp
Jonathan Bailey - flûte

Royal Dream
Prelude I
Three Sea Captains
Loch Lomond
Water Spirit ( harpe solo)
Cró Chinn t-Sáile
Rory Dall’s Sister’s Lament
Roualeyn’s Plaid
Down by the Salley Gardens
Bluebells of Scotland
The Galway Piper
Syrinx (flûte solo)
Jerry hornpipe
I Leave You in Sadness