Samedi 2 novembre 2013 / Saturday 2nd November 2013 16h 30 / 4:30 pm - Le Hautbois de Benjamin Britten / Benjamin Britten's Oboe

Concert Review 
Many thanks to Olivier Barrier, oboe, and friends for a superb L'Oasis Musicale concert last Saturday. What a great opportunity they gave the audience to hear, in this the centenary anniversary year, the complete chamber works for oboe written by Benjamin Britten. In the solo Metamorphoses after Ovid, Olivier vividly evoked the varied ancient Roman characters of each myth, and then in the Insect Pieces he and pianist Polina Minatcheva brought to life the leaping grasshopper and stinging wasp. Olivier and Polina followed this with the Temporal Variations, relishing its wide range of feeling from the dramatic declamatory oration to the whimsical waltz. The concert was rounded off with the Phantasy Quartet in which Olivier was joined by Emily Redhead, violin, Amina Tébini, viola and Eli Weinberger, cello who together produced sensitive and exciting ensemble playing. Bravo!
Samedi 2 novembre 2013 / Saturday 2nd November 2013
16h 30 / 4.30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal
Ste-Catherine / University. Metro McGill

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Le Hautbois de Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Benjamin Britten's Oboe

Six Metamorphoses after Ovid op. 49 for solo oboe (1951)

I. Pan, who played upon the reed pipe which was Syrinx, his beloved.

II. Phaeton, who rode upon the chariot of the sun for one day and was hurled into the river Padus by a thunderbolt.

III. Niobe, who, lamenting the death of her fourteen children, was turned into a mountain.

IV. Bacchus, at whose feasts were heard the noise of gaggling women's tattling tongues and shouting out of boys.

V. Narcissus, who fell in love with his own image and became a flower.

VI. Arethusa, who, flying from the love of Alpheus the river god, was turned into a fountain.

Two Insect Pieces (1935)

I The Grasshopper      II The Wasp

Temporal Variations (1936)

1 Theme      II Oration  III March   IV Exercises   V Commination  

VI Chorale   VII Waltz   VIII Polka  IX Resolution

Phantasy Quartet op. 2 (1932)

Olivier Barrier, oboe
Polina Minatcheva, piano

Emily Redhead - violin / violon

Amina Tébini - viola / alto

Eli Weinberger - cello / violoncello

Saturday 26th October, 4.30pm / samedi 26 octobre, 16h30 - Chamber Music Without Borders / Musique de Chambre Sans Frontières

Concert Review 
A huge thank you goes to the trio of very talented young musicians from Chamber Music Without Borders who presented a wonderful L’Oasis Musicale concert last Saturday. Ellen Kogut violin and Philip Chiu piano gave a mesmerizing interpretation of Shostakovich’s Sonata for violin opus 134, showing a huge expressive range in their playing, from the searingly percussive to the hauntingly barren. Kunal Lahiry also gave a very mature performance of Chopin’s piano sonata No 2 in bflat minor opus 135 evoking the sombre bleakness of the funeral march and also the sparkling virtuosity of the presto finale. Bravo, Chamber Music Without Borders, and we eagerly await your next visit to L’Oasis Musicale!

Samedi 26 octobre 2013 / Saturday 26th October 2013
16h 30 / 4.30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal
Ste-Catherine / University. Metro McGill

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Chamber Music Without Borders

Sonata no. 2 in b flat minor, op. 35                                        Frederic Chopin

I. Grave--Doppio movimento
II. Scherzo
III. Marche funèbre: Lento
IV. Finale: Presto
Kunal Lahiry, piano
Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 134                                  Dmitri Shostakovich
I. Andante
II. Allegretto
III. Largo – Andante
Ellen Kogut, violin
Phil Chiu, piano

Saturday 19th October, 4.30pm / samedi 19 octobre, 16h30 - L'Histoire du Soldat (Concert Suite)

Concert Review
Thank you to Chad Heltzel and his septet of fine musicians for a riveting performance of Igor Stravinsky's concert suite version of L'Histoire du Soldat at last Saturday's L'Oasis Musicale's concert. The musicians fully captured the quirky spirit of Stravinsky's score as they took the audience on a journey with Joseph the Russian soldier and his fateful encounter with the devil. The instrumentalists (Tim Yung, clarinet; Katerine Rousseau, bassoon; Etienne Massicotte, cornet; Matthew Russell, trombone: Bryn Lutek, percussion; Katherine Dennis, violin and Joel Kerr, bass) excelled both in their frequent solos and also their ensemble playing and the performance was led with great sensitivity and musicanship by director Chad Heltzel. Thank you all! 
samedi 19 octobre 2013 / Saturday 19th October 2013
16h 30 / 4.30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal
Ste-Catherine / University. Metro McGill

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L’Histoire  du Soldat -(Concert Suite) 
Igor Stravinsky

Chad Heltzel directeur/conductor

Tim Yung, Clarinet
Katerine Rousseau, bassoon
Etienne Massicotte, cornet
Matthew Russell, trombone
Bryn Lutek, percussion
Katherine Dennis, violin
Joel Kerr, bass

Saturday 12th October 4.30pm / samedi 12 octobre 16h30 Rencontres à L´Oasis, Tangere Trio

samedi 12 octobre 2013 / Saturday 12th October 2013
16h 30 / 4.30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal
Ste-Catherine / University. Metro McGill

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Tangere Trio
Marc Djokic, violin,
Jérôme Ducharme, Louis Trépanier, guitars
Les Guitares Bien Tempérées Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)
             24 Préludes et Fugues pour 2 guitares, Op. 199                           
                   iv.  Prélude et Fugue en Mi majeur

Suite Bergamasque                                                         Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
                  i. Prélude                                                           arr. Louis Trépanier
                  ii. Menuet
                  iii. Clair de Lune
                  iv. Passepied
Three Short Stories                                                             Christine Donkin (1978-)

        i. Moody   ii. Peaceful, expressive  iii. Agitated

Sonate #6   (dedicated to A Manuel Quiroga)            Eugene Ysaye  (1858-1931)

Romanian Folk Dances                                                         Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
i.Bot tánc / Jocul cu bâtă (Stick Dance)                          arr. Sergio Assad                               ii. Brâul (Sash Dance)
iii. Topogó / Pe loc (In One Spot)
iv. Bucsumí tánc / Buciumeana (Dance from Bucsum)
v. Román polka / Poarga Românească (Romanian Polka)
vi Aprózó / Mărunțel (Fast Dance)