This was an exceptional year for classical music in
Winnipeg, with a blend of internationally-acclaimed
artists and homegrown talent that, in my opinion, very few places in can
is such a culturally-rich city that it’s impossible to see everything, but I
still managed to attend quite a few concerts, the best of which are listed below. Winnipeg
Best Solo & Duo Concerts
4. Brian Yoon, cello (Women’s Musical Club ofYoon – one of
Nov. 25th 2012) Winnipeg
3. Chris Donnelly and Kornel Wolak, piano and clarinet (Women’s Musical Club, April 7th 2013)One of the most enjoyable concerts I went to this year. The overall tone was buoyant and a little bit sly, but grounded in impeccable musicianship: take, for instance, the duo’s rendition of Allegro assai from Bach’s Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major with Wolak on clarinet and Donnelly on spoons. I also liked Donnelly’s solo piece Henry’s Song and Dance, about a real-life jazz club owner who booked Donnelly for a gig, went bankrupt and then disappeared.
2. Sonia Chan, piano (Virtuosi Concerts, March 2nd 2013)I always look forward to solo piano concerts, but Chan’s performance was extraordinary, perhaps even near-transcendent at times. She took pieces already charged with emotion, such as Chopin’s Ballade no. 1 and Schubert’s Sonata in G major, and made them her own with passionate interpretations that spellbound all in attendance. See my review here.
LeBlanc and Taylor are two of the most in-demand Canadian vocalists here and abroad, and the duo’s performances of arias, both alone and together, were stunning from the concert’s start. However, it was
Head below the break for the Best Trio, Quartet, Choral Ensemble and Orchestra Concerts.