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Review: Music and Beyond: A stunning night of organ music

10:38 am in Festival News, News Release

Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen

JENNIFER LOVELESS at the Organ of Notre-Dame Basilica

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13

OTTAWA — Organ recitals don’t usually attract large audiences. There are probably several reasons for that, the church association among them. The organization Pro Organo Ottawa brings some of the worlds’ best players several times each season and rarely attracts more than 50 or 60 listeners.

Thus it was gratifying that well over 200 people came to Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica to hear the Ottawa-based, international-level organist Jennifer Loveless, and that her music-making met an enthusiastic reception.

Her program opened with Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV 541. From the beginning there was great clarity of texture, an admirable quality in any music, but especially in that of Bach, and a steadiness of pulse that further underlined the music’s logic.

One of the most impressive of the evening’s offerings was the three-movement Suite, op. 5 by Maurice Duruflé. It is of a completely different character than the Bach, with a more sensual spirit and more modern notions of harmony and texture.
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Concert review: Pinnock conducts a superb evening of Bach

12:03 pm in Festival News, News Release

Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen

Trevor Pinnock and the National Arts Centre Orchestra

At Dominion-Chalmers

Saturday, July 10 at 8 p.m.

OTTAWA — Whatever issues there may have been with Trevor Pinnock’s 1991-1996 tenure as music director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, no one could deny that he was a superb performer and conductor of Baroque music, and particularly that of Johann Sebastian Bach. Founder of the English Concert and among the most esteemed harpsichordists of out time he has equally at home with modern and historical instrument Baroque ensembles over the last 40 years.

He has been back on the NACO podium several times since his departure, conducting Handel’s Messiah, among other things. And for this year’s Music and Beyond festival he was back with musicians of the orchestra to conduct two programs built around Bach’s four Orchestral Suites.

The second concert, given Sunday evening, included the even-numbered suites, those in B minor and D major. It also included Bach’s Violin Concerto in E minor and Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in C.

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