• Steve Ambler

Musica Camerata Montréal

PHOTO COURTESY HUDSON CHAMBER MUSIC

Musica Camerata Montréal trio, pictured here with their regular cellist, will be performing their Hudson show with special guest cellist, Sylvain Murray, at the upcoming concert of January 31.

The third concert of the 33rd season of the Hudson Chamber Music Series will take place January 31 at 4 p.m. in St. James Church Hall, 642 Main Road, Hudson. Members of Musica Camerata Montréal (Berta Rosenohl, piano, Luis Grinhauz, violin and Sylvain Murray, cello) present a programme of works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Granados.

The Musica Camerata Montréal is one of Canada's foremost chamber groups. Currently in its 46th season, the ensemble presents a season of concerts every year in Montreal and has toured extensively throughout Canada and in the United States, Costa Rica, and Argentina. They have released a number of recordings as a full ensemble or with selected members.

Berta Rosenohl is from Buenos Aires and studied piano and chamber music performance at Indiana University. In Montreal since 1970, she has performed often with the McGill Chamber Orchestra and Pro Arte Orchestra. Berta is a founding member of Musica Camerata Montréal and has toured extensively with the group. Her recordings have appeared on the CBC Records, SNE and Musica Camerata labels.

Luis Grinhauz was born in Entre Rios, Argentina, and studied at Indiana University on a Fulbright Fellowship. He has served as assistant principal with the MSO, has been an active teacher for 45 years, and has performed as a soloist and chamber player all over the Americas and Europe as well as recording for CBC Records, SNE and Musica Camerata.

Sylvain Murray studied at McGill University. He was a member of Les Violons du Roy from 2003-2007, touring with them throughout North America and Europe. As an active chamber musician, he has appeared at several chamber music festivals throughout Canada. Sylvain has been member of the MSO since 2007.

The programme features three works from the piano trio repertoire. It begins with the Piano Trio number 26 in C Minor by Joseph Haydn. This is a late work (composed in 1789) by the father of the classical string quartet, symphony, and piano trio. Charles Rosen in The Classical Style devoted an entire chapter to Haydn's piano trios, calling them (along with Mozart's piano concertos) the most brilliant works for piano before Beethoven. His 26th is a two-movement work, with a melancholy opening Andante followed by a more upbeat Allegro. Shostakovich's Trio opus 8 in C Major is, as the opus number suggests, an early work. Shostakovich composed it in the Crimea where he was sent to recover from tuberculosis and where he fell in love with the daughter of a Moscow professor. Its style is passionately Romantic, a style the composer would soon abandon only to return to it in many of his later works including his fifth symphony and second piano trio. The Trio in C Major opus 50 by Granados is the major work on the programme. Granados' chamber music has unfortunately been overshadowed by his well-known piano works such as Goyescas. The trio, composed in 1895, overflows with beautiful melodies, particularly for the piano part. It is a four-movement work. Spanish and Moorish folk influences can be detected, but the music is more steeped in Romanticism than in Spanish folk traditions.

As usual, patrons will be able to discuss the music with the artists over a glass of wine after the concert. Albums by the group and its members will be available for purchase. Tickets will be available at the door for $25 (seniors and students $20, children under 14 free). For more information phone (450) 458-4088 or (450) 458-5107. Further information on the Musica Camerata Montréal can be found at http://www.cameratamontreal.com/en/index.htm

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