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“Duo the cream of the crop”
Steven Fielder, Barrie Examiner (Oct. 2015)
first Barrie Concert of the 2015 season -- the Double
Double Duo on Saturday -- turned all these pre- and misconceptions
of both the compositions of classical composers and their
21st-century classical music performers on their ears.
The entire evening was, quite simply, superbly professional,
relaxed and fun.
first concert of the Barrie Concerts series played to
a packed house at what is arguably the best concert venue
in Barrie, Hi-Way Pentecostal Church, and it was an incredible
evening. It was billed as a "Double Double Duo, from
Bach to Benny" featuring music from Bach to the present,
and featuring accordionist Michael Bridge and clarinetist
Read on, and join the 21st century.
duo presented a wonderful evening of music (either their
own transcriptions or on-the-spot improvisations) from
the music of Bach, Scarlatti, Tchaikovsky, Paganini, Bechet,
Balkan folk tunes, Brahms, Benny Goodman, de Abreu, Rossini
and Acker Bilk.
And their performances were fresh, exciting and fun, dispelling
any of the old preconceptions about classical music being
stuffy and outdated. This duo brought every composition
from the past to 21st century to life. It was a great
performances by Michael Bridge on the Roland digital accordion
throughout were exciting, superbly performed, and perhaps
his solo performance of the 1812 Overture (Tchaikovsky),
complete with bells and cannon (yes, from his accordion)
was the most eye-opening of what this new instrument could
one thing to have 21st-century technology available in
the instrument, but it's quite another to have an extremely
talented young musician like Mr. Bridge to make use of
technology and to explore it's possibilities for the future.
Did I happen to mention he was just having fun in his
Kornel Wolak was superb, and showed why he is one of the
best clarinetists of our time. His duo and solo performances
were exciting, subtle and so sensitive, his improvisations
were exquisite. He is a brilliant performer.
Double-Double Duo was the best of new, young "classical"
musicians opening the windows to fresh air and bringing
their own style of intellect, expertise, talent and just
plain fun to a new 21st century audience.
audience at this concert enjoyed every minute. A great
start to the Barrie Concerts series.”