A highlight was seeing Ensemble Made In Canada at the Solstice Festival’s opening concert. This piano quartet, made up of high-powered solo instrumentalists, will be playing the final concert of this year’s Victoria Summer Music Festival on Tuesday, August 6.
Just as they did when they were part of VSMF’s 2016 season, EMIC opened their Edmonton concert with Mozart’s piano quartet in E-flat Major and ended with a Faure quartet—No. 1 in C Minor. The middle work was Frank Bridge’s Phantasy for Piano Quartet in F-sharp Minor. EMIC gave a riveting performance and is as precise and engaging as it was on its Victoria visit.
Unfortunately, Audrey did not arrive in time for EMIC’s noon-hour concert at the Edmonton Art Gallery, where they were playing some of the pieces from their Mosaïque Project, which they will be performing for the VSMF audience on August 6. The word from those who did attend is that the suite of newly composed piano quartets by composers from a range of musical genres (classical, jazz, electronic, folk, Indigenous) is evocative and entertaining. Tickets are still available for the VSMF concert, but don’t wait too long to get yours.
A side note: clarinet recitals seem to be all the rage this summer. The final Summer Solstice concert featured clarinetist James Campbell, who performed Mozart’s trio for clarinet, viola, and piano, and Weber’s clarinet quintet in B-flat Major. The program notes listed “the three uncontested masterpieces for clarinet quintet genre (namely those of Mozart, Weber, and Brahms),” and Audrey is looking forward to hearing Brahms’s masterpiece in the VSMF opening concert on Tuesday, July 23, with Jose Franch-Ballester and the Pacific Quartet.