Classical music to start 2022 with sweet sounds

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A number of top broadcasters will start 2022 with impressive programs in Vancouver.

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The (very) first Viennese school

When: January 7, 7:30 p.m.

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Or: Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street, Vancouver)

Tickets: $32.25 to $64.50 at Early Music Vancouver, earlymusic.bc.ca

Peter Moore, trombone | James Baillieu, piano

When: January 23, 3 p.m.

Or: Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton Street)

Tickets: $25 to $60 at the Vancouver Recital Society, vanrecital.com

Gerald Finley, bass-baritone | Julius Drake, piano

When: January 30, 3 p.m.

Or: Orpheum Theater (601 Smithe Street)

Tickets: $25 to $85 at the Vancouver Recital Society, vanrecital.com

The history of the Madrigal

When: February 4, 7:30 p.m.

Or: Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street, Vancouver)

Tickets: $32.25 to $64.50 at Early Music Vancouver, earlymusic.bc.ca

Steven Osborne, piano

When: February 13, 3 p.m.

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Or: Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton Street)

Tickets: $25 to $85 at the Vancouver Recital Society, vanrecital.com

Han Finckel Setzer Trio

When: February 15, 7:30 p.m.

Or: Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton Street)

Tickets: $15 (student), $50 (adult) at Friends of Chamber Music, friendsofchambermusic.ca


It normally takes a few weeks to clean the worst of Musak from our ears before the classic events give a fresh start to the new year.

That’s not the case in January where a number of major broadcasters will start 2022 with impressive programs.

Of course, the complexity of bringing top international artists to town has been a medical and political issue – and maybe still is. But Early Music Vancouver, the Vancouver Recital Society and Friends of Chamber Music look set to get back to doing what they do best at the start of the new year.

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Even before the dismantling of the holiday decorations, Early Music Vancouver (EMV) plans to host the American ensemble Quicksilver, which will present a program of music associated with 17th century Vienna. The band made their Canadian debut here as part of EMV’s 2012 summer festival, and it will be a special pleasure to catch up with them a decade later.

The Vancouver Recital Society (VRS) had an excellent, albeit truncated, fall series and intends to build on that beginning January 23 with a trombone and piano recital, among other things.

Trombonist Peter Moore.
Trombonist Peter Moore. Photo by Kaupo Kikkas

Peter Moore is that rare phenomenon – a brass player with a recital career. What does a trombone virtuoso play? Everything from a Beethoven sonata originally written for cello to songs by Gershwin.

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The VRS offers a lieder recital on January 30: bass-baritone Gerald Finley, the eminent Montreal singer, is here with his favorite co-recitalist Julius Drake.

They are on a North American tour with songs by Schubert and Wolfe, and as the first release of new songs by Marc-Anthony Turnage using texts by Shakespeare. VRS fans may recall hearing the contemporary British composer’s Duetti d’Amore a few seasons ago from Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti; more recently, Turnage made headlines with his football-inspired orchestral piece Up for Grabs.

Early February sees the return of Profeti della Quinta in a show called L’Histoire du madrigal.

Founded in Israel by vocalist/harpsichordist Elam Rotem, the band is currently based in Switzerland.

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They made their Vancouver debut in 2014 with Il Mantovano Hebreo, Italian madrigals and Hebrew prayers by Salomone Rossi; this time around, the all-male ensemble will present mostly 16th and early 17th-century Italian repertoire, including a piece by the infamous prince and murderer Carlo Gesualdo – perhaps the most eccentric of all madrigalists.

Steven Osborne interprets Debussy and Rachmaninoff for the VRS.
Steven Osborne interprets Debussy and Rachmaninoff for the VRS. Photo by Benjamin Ealovega

Pianist Steven Osborne makes his final visit to the Playhouse on February 13. He is a superlative artist who consistently delivers exceptional programs that are often out of the ordinary. His recital is a provocative pairing of Debussy’s too seldom heard Etudes (1915) with Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Sonata (1908).

These two major works were created almost at the same time but in different musical universes – even galaxies – by composers who prided themselves on the infinite possibilities of the modern piano.

Finally, Friends of Chamber Music launches its 2022 offerings on February 14 with a performance by the popular Han Finckel Setzer Trio.

Recognized for their commitment to the masterpieces of the trio’s repertoire, the Trio begin their final visit to Vancouver with something outside of their usual playlist, African Dances for Violin and Piano, Opus 58 by late British composer- romantic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) .

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