Introducing Wolfgang’s Tonic, the new digital music magazine of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. Get the latest classical music news, reviews, new music videos, concert photos, playlists, and culture commentary – featuring criticism by Richard Todd.
Angela Hewitt, “the pre-eminent Bach pianist of our time” (The Guardian), returns to Chamberfest for a sumptuously intimate recital of the Baroque master’s colourful Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829; Liszt’s chef-d’oeuvre, Années de pèlerinage: deuxième année: Italie; and Beethoven’s deeply profound Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110. Expect, as well you might, a performance of magnificent poise, immaculate precision, and graceful tone.
Chicoutimi-based Alcan String Quartet has developed a well-earned reputation for excellence, both in Canada and abroad, since its founding 25 years ago. Alcan’s originality, contagious enthusiasm, unique sonority, and remarkable cohesion have all contributed to its immense popularity and success. Critics agree: both on stage and in the recording studio, this remarkable ensemble possesses qualities that characterize the best of its kind: a recognizable personality, a homogeneous sound, and elegant style.
Supervirtuoso Marc-André Hamelin joins “the best early-music ensemble in North America” (Washington Post), Les Violons du Roy, for a breathtaking programme of works by Rameau, Haydn and Mozart. The remarkable artistry of this Baroque and early-Classical chamber group, paired with the fiery brilliance of one of the world’s greatest pianists, make for a revelatory evening you’ll not soon forget.