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Friday, October 5, 2012

Anton Kuerti and Ontario Philharmonic play Brahms

A Mooredale Concerts-Ontario Philharmonic Co-Presentation

“Suddenly we were in the unmistakable presence of greatness. He was no longer playing the piano; the music was playing him, and we rode the wave too.” – The Globe and Mail

“The great imagination Kuerti brought to the works elevated the performance to an absolutely top level.  What perfection!” – Noord-Hollands Dagblad

“(Marco Parisotto) made the Montreal Symphony Orchestra sound like a artist who stands among the greatest” – Le Devoir, Montreal

Pianist Anton Kuerti, one of the world’s finest exponents of the piano music of Brahms and Beethoven, performs Brahms’ majestic Second Piano Concerto with the Ontario Philharmonic and Maestro Marco Parisotto, Tuesday, December 4, 8 p.m. at Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West. 

The concert is the third Brahms evening presented jointly by Mooredale Concerts and the Ontario Philharmonic as part of the orchestra’s “Great Soloists” series at Koerner Hall.  Tickets, $40, are available from Mooredale Concerts, 416-922-3714 ext. 103, or online at

Completing the program is Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E minor, a work with many allusions to the composer’s major influence, Beethoven.

In an electrifying first encounter in 2010-11, Anton Kuerti, Maestro Marco Parisotto and the Ontario Philharmonic performed Brahms’ first piano concerto.  The second presentation, in February 2012, featured the Toronto debut of Korean violinist Ye-Eun Choi, in the Brahms Violin Concerto in D.

Anton Kuerti comments, “The Piano Concerti are two of Brahms' most demanding, popular and thrilling works.  I truly look forward to continuing my association with Marco Parisotto and his splendid orchestra.”

(Note: There will be no Music & Truffles young people’s concert connected with this presentation.)

Anton Kuerti, artistic director of Mooredale Concerts, is one of today's most recorded artists, having put on disc all the Beethoven Concertos and Sonatas, the Schubert Sonatas, the Brahms Concertos and works by many other composers. His recordings are heard almost daily on the CBC. Soon to be released is a CD of works for piano and orchestra by Schumann, and a world premiere release of works for violin and piano by Czerny.

One of Canada's most distinguished conductors on the international scene, Maestro Parisotto has led major orchestras around the world, including the London Philharmonia, the Tokyo Symphony, and the Orchestre National de France. He recently conducted the 130th anniversary concert of Paris’ oldest and distinguished orchestra, the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux; and conducted Milan’srenowned Verdi Orchestra with great success and an invitation to return.  Marco Parisotto is the winner of seven international competitions, including the elite Besançon Competition in France.

The Ontario Philharmonic –
Founded in 1957, the Ontario Philharmonic has become a notable player in the landscape of classical music in Ontario. Comprised of players that are among the finest professional musicians in the GTA, the Ontario Philharmonic took off when Marco Parisotto was appointed as music director in 1996. In the course of its 56-year history it has evolved into one of the most exciting and respected regional orchestras in Ontario and in Canada.

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