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Program Notes: Filippo Gorini

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Johann Sebastian Bach The Art of Fugue  BWV 1080 By the 1740s Bach had largely withdrawn from composing new church music for Leipzig’s Thomaskirche, devoting his creative energies instead to a series of large-scale projects that responded more directly to … Continue reading


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Fresh off the announcement of an exciting fall season, Vancouver Recital Society is delighted to announce our recruitment drive for new members to the Board of Directors. Are you passionate about classical music and looking for ways to give back … Continue reading

Program Notes: Golda Schultz

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Clara Schumann Liebst du um Schönheit | Warum willst du andre frage | Am Strande | Lorelei Clara Schumann (née Wieck) was a major figure in nineteenth-century music. As a child prodigy, she toured Europe with her father and teacher … Continue reading

Program Notes: Steven Osborne

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Franz Schubert Impromptu No. 1 in F minor  D. 935 The impromptu is just one of a number of small-scale instrumental genres arising in the early 19th century, known under the collective title of character pieces. Cultivated by composers in … Continue reading

Program Notes: Daniel Hsu

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Robert Schumann Kinderszenen  Op. 15 The character piece, a short work expressing a single mood or illustrating an idea suggested by its titling, was a typical product of the Romantic era, and Robert Schumann was a major contributor to the … Continue reading

Program Notes: Nicolas Altstaedt

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Henri Dutilleux Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher Swiss conductor Paul Sacher (1906-1999), founder of the Basel Chamber Orchestra, was an immensely important figure in 20th-century music. With a family fortune based on a controlling share of the Hoffman-LaRoche … Continue reading

Program Notes: Evgeny Kissin

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Johann Sebastian Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor  BWV 565 (arr. Tausig) While keyboard transcription and political debate might at first blush seem to be radically different fields of endeavour, one justly famous incident on American television stands emblematic … Continue reading