and the Age of Reason
and the Age of Reason
Goethe once described chamber music, an invention of the Age of Reason, as “rational people conversing.” And arguably no chamber music is as orderly and dialectical as the great works of the baroque and classical eras.
At our October concert, the MCO performs three masterworks from these periods with the help of two gifted soloists: violinist Aisslinn Nosky (“Toronto’s Eric Clapton of the violin,” Toronto Star) and violist Max Mandel, who is one of most acclaimed chamber musicians of the day. What a musical exchange it will be!
The concert begins with a piece by the father of modern chamber music, Joseph Haydn. Composed at the tail end of the Enlightenment, his highly emotive 44th symphony is a masterpiece of classical counterpoint, an elaborate conversation between instruments with hints of the Romanticism that would flourish in the following decades.
Next up is Telemann’s popular Viola Concerto in G Major, a synthesis of baroque and galant style. Then onto Oesterle’s Snow White; a musical ode to mathematician Alan Turing, commissioned by Tafelmusik. Musical Toronto describes the remarkable work as “a showpiece for Nosky, written so that she was constantly playing.”
Finally, our two rational interlocutors will take the stage to perform a duet together: Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra. The iconic work has been described as a constant dialogue between viola and violin, with each instrument given the same importance throughout.
It is, certainly, among Mozart’s most beautiful in an oeuvre that has become synonymous with musical beauty itself.
Aisslin and Max
Recognized as one of today’s foremost baroque violinists, Aisslinn Nosky is also immediately recognizable for her stylish red locks. A fan of Metallica, a player of the banjolele (a cross between the banjo and the ukulele), and a champion of contemporary music, Aisslinn reminds the world that baroque ain’t broke. Max Mandel, who like Aisslinn has a long history with Tafelmusik, is principal violist of the UK’s Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He comments: “One of the challenges of our art is that it happens over a given period of time and then disappears. That’s one of the reasons it’s so magical.”
The concert begins at 7:30 pm on October 17th in Westminster United Church, 745 Westminster at Maryland. Tickets, at $35 for adults, $33 for seniors and $15 for students and those under-30 (incl. GST), will be available 28 July 2017, at McNally Robinson, the West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice at Sherbrook), Organic Planet (877 Westminster Ave) or MCO’s Ticketline (204-783-7377).
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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Anne Manson, Music Director
Karl Stobbe, Concertmaster
Westminster United Church
17 October 2017
Aisslin Nosky, violin
Max Mandel, viola
Symphony No. 44 in E minor, ‘Trauer-Symphonie’ (Hob. I/44)
Georg Philipp TELEMANN
Viola Concerto (TWV 51:G9)
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART
Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major (K. 364/320d)