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Prodigious Elisa Citterio at Tafelmusik

Prodigious Elisa Citterio at Tafelmusik

Prodigious Elisa Citterio at Tafelmusik

by Sebastiano Bazzichetto

TORONTO – It was the 17th of July 1717 – a kabbalistic date, some astronomers said – when Händel’s “Water Music” was premiered on the River Thames to satisfy the request (and obey the order) of King George I, to please his majesty and a handful of aristocrats sailing to Chelsea.

Last performed as part of the ensemble’s debut at Carnegie Hall in 2009, Tafelmusik kicked off its season with Händel’s masterpiece last Thursday. For our Italian pride, outstanding violinist Elisa Citterio, who returned following her stunning Tafelmusik debut last November (also in conversation with us on these pages last year), was guest directing the entire concert.

Thanks to her brio and unmistakable musical attitude, the audience enjoyed a night of great music with firework-like (another Händel’s masterpiece) notes. Citterio will be back in Toronto at the beginning of May 2017 to co-direct Mozart’s “Mass in C minor”. Some of Tafelmusik’s new season highlights feature a series of unmissable concerts.

In December, “A Grand Tour of Italy” will take us back to the days of Corelli, Uccellini and Vivaldi, whereas in the spring we’ll be able to enjoy some concerts by the Bach family thanks to Italian oboist Alfredo Bernardini and his daughter, Cecilia, a renowned violinist.

At the end of March, “The Baroque Diva” will thrill our ears with the enthralling arias composed for 17th century virtuosos, before yielding to Mozart and his genius, grand Mass.

(For more information, tafelmusik.org)

(Thursday 29 September 2016)

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