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