As I prepare for 10 days of staring mindlessly at (and, hopefully, splashing joyfully in) the Atlantic, I've done a quick perusal of what's available and what's coming up.
There's no lack of choice for people looking for quality classical programming at no cost, which can be enjoyed from the air conditioned comfort of home or (if you have a data plan) the mobility of your favourite portable electronic device.
For the true, live experience, check out the Toronto Summer Music Festival. If I were in town, I definitely wouldn't want to miss pianist André Laplante's Chopin and Liszt programme on Aug. 3 at the MacMillan Theatre.
I'll be back on Aug. 10.
-There is a long list of concerts available for listening, a mix of popular core repertoire with new British music.
- In a light vein, coming up on Saturday is Sondheim at 80, featuring Bryn Terfel.
- The full listings for the week of Aug. 2 are here. Aug. 8 features a visit by Canadian pianist Louis Lortie, playing Mozart in a programme that also includes some Messiaen, Elgar and Brahms, conducted by Andrew Davis.
Verbier Festival on medici.tv:
-There is much to choose from in the video-on-demand section.
-Coming early Saturday morning is a solo piano recital by Nicholas Angelich, who is always a treat.
-Sunday afternoon's festival-closing closing presentation is Richard Strauss's Salome, conducted by Valery Gerghiev, and featuring Deborah Voigt in the title role.
If you feel like something a bit more hip, check out Arte Lounge (for which Torontonian Measha Brueggergosman has done several introductory interviews). It is a much more adventurous counterpart to Bravo! TV's Live at the Rehearsal Hall.
-My revelation was young pianist Martin Helmchen. You can catch clips of "Regard des anges" from Olivier Messiaen's Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus, as well as a hyper-articulated "Courante" from J.S. Bach's Keyboard Partita No. 6.