An all-Bach weekend in Stratford for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Canada’s Daniel Taylor sings with Tafelmusik in Stratford on Sunday afternoon.

This year’s expanded Stratford Summer Music festival includes the local début of Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra on Saturday and Sunday at St Andrew’s Church. Continue reading

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June 11: Toronto classical concert highlights for the next seven days

Tenor Michael Ciufo sings at Hugh’s Room on Monday night (Jessica Brydson photo).

Welcome to the final instalment of Toronto concert highlights for the season. It will return in September. Continue reading

CD Review: A warm heart beats at centre of Tafelmusik Bach collection

TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE ORCHESTRA & DANIEL TAYLOR
Bach (Analekta)

Tafelmusik’s latest album from Montreal’s Analekta label, out since last October, deserves its Juno nomination as much for the quality of the interpretations as for the clever programming, which alternates two short sacred cantatas with instrumental pieces. Continue reading

Review: Tafelmusik’s House of Dreams wakes up beautiful Baroque intersections

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra presents House of Dreams. (Donald Lee photo)

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra brought 17th and 18th century music on period instruments to Toronto three decades ago, but rather than become a museum curator of old masterworks, the organization continues to find new ways of connecting audiences to its art.

Its latest creation, House of Dreams, currently on at the orchestra’s home base at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, is much more than a concert. It is an experience that transcends its many components to create a special, all-encompassing experience that makes one forget time and place for two bliss-filled hours. Continue reading

News: Tafelmusik scores massive victory over Big Old Music Labels as it reclaims access to discography

Although they play old music on period instruments, the people at Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra made a brave leap forward into the full range of digital possibilities with Thursday night’s unveiling of Tafelmusik Media.

The organization is now prepared to stream audio and video live on its site. More importantly, the moment is a triumphant regaining of control over a 78-CD recording library. Continue reading

Concert review: Tafelmusik’s Herculean effort yields exceptional night of Baroque opera

Mezzo Allyson McHardy is thrilling as Dejanira in Tafelmusik's Hercules. She returns in May to sing Juno in the Canadian Opera Company's production of Handel's Semele.

Here is a copy of my Toronto Star review of last night’s opening performance by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra of George Frideric Handel’s Hercules:

Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the latest musical presenter to embrace the popularity of opera in this city, is putting its best staged foot forward this week.

At Thursday’s sold-out Koerner Hall opening performance of Hercules, a “musical drama” from 1745 by Messiah composer George Frideric Handel, the orchestra, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, soloists and dancers were on fire. Continue reading