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The Tuesday Blog takes a Summer Break

Before we discuss this week’s selection from the Podcast Vault, I wanted to advise the community that I’m taking a break this summer, and won’t be posting weekly as I’ve done in an uninterrupted string for three years.

Iron man no more.

As this Tuesday blog and my Friday Blog and Podcast on ITYWLTMT have become part of my routine, I am not quitting this cold-turkey, even if for a Summer hiatus. Between summery chores, and seeing kids off to new and exciting adventures, I will continue my Friday posts, though they will be “encores” of past musings I have shared over the last three years, and I will surface here in early August with another Podcast Vault contribution and news and notes to help you with Summer listening. If everything holds to plan, I will be back with bells on in September, and with a new “series” to add to our battle rhythm of the Podcast Vault, Once Upon the Internet and La Chronique du Disque.

Today, July 1st, is Canada Day and our day up here to celebrate the Maple Leaf, everything Red and White, and close things off with outdoor festivities and fireworks.

For me here on PTB, Canada Day is my opportunity to dust off a 2011 montage where every track features something Canadian: a composer or a performer. You will recognize some of my favourites in the mix, and I figure the montage speaks for itself, without a need for much set-up.

In addition to this montage, I thought I would do a quick review of “Canadian content” on PTB over the past three years, and invite you to maybe revisit some of these musings and music selections during the month of July. Here are a few to consider (entries with ** have tracks that are quickly downloaded for you to take along with you on your digital companion):

The line-up on the Friday Blog is also focusing on Canadian content with tenor Raoul Jobin singing Don Jose in Carmen (another PTB-inspired take), pianist Alain Lefèvre and conductor Mario Bernardi.

Have a great Summer and we'll see you in a few weeks.

ITYWLTMT Podcast Montage # 12 – Canada Day
(Originally issued on Friday, July 1st, 2011)

Calixa LAVALLÉE (1842 –1891)
Ô Canada (1880)
United States Navy Band

Antoine DESSANE (1826-1873)
Overture in D Major (1863)
Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal under Gilles Auger

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (selected)
[Complete Performance by Gould (1954)]
Glenn Gould, piano

Morris (Moe) KOFFMAN (1928-2001)
Swinging Shepherd Blues (AKA “Blues a la Canadiana”) (1957)
Moe Koffman, flute and studio musicians

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD (1897 –1957)
Third Movement (Allegro assai vivace) from the Concerto for Violin in D Major, op. 35
James Ehnes, violin
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under Bramwell Tovey
[Complete Performance]

Jean COULTHARD (1908-2000)
The Bird of Dawning Singeth All Night Long (1960)
Campbell Throwsdale, violin
CBC Vancouver Orchestra under Mario Bernardi

J. Bruce MATHER (* 1939)
Musique pour Rouen (1971)
I Musici de Montréal under Yuli Turovsky

Oscar Emmanuel PETERSON (1925 - 2007)
“Hogtown Blues” and “Place Saint-Henri”, from Canadiana Suite (1964), adapted for piano solo
Oscar Peterson, piano

Roger MATTON (1929 - 2004)
L'escaouette: suite for chorus and orchestra on Acadian airs (1957)
Adrienne Savoie, soprano, Catherine Sevigny, mezzo-soprano
Jean François Morin, tenor, Charles Prévost, baritone
Ensemble vocal Katimavik, Chœur Vaudreuil-Soulanges and
Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal under Louis Lavigueur

Healey WILLAN (1880 – 1968)
Centennial March, B84
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra under Uri Mayer

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
Feu d'artifice, op. 4
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under Charles Dutoit


Updated Jul-01-2014 at 14:21 by itywltmt

Classical Music , Recorded Music