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SCRUTINY | Messiah Vs. Messiah: TSO Beats Tafelmusik This Year

By Michael Vincent on December 18, 2014

TSO Messiah, Philippe Sly (Photo: Malcolm Cook )

[Originally Published in the Toronto Star]

Like tree-lighting ceremonies, Santa Claus parades and yuletide office parties, George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” is, for many, a tradition without which Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir have always delivered the most popular Messiahs in town, but they differ widely.

The TSO presents a new interpretation with a fresh guest conductor every year, whereas Tafelmusik approaches it with a historical eye for detail. The ensemble also sticks with the same conductor, Ivars Taurins, who has been at the helm for more than 30 years…

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. He has worked as a senior editor for over fifteen years and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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Michael Vincent

Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. He has worked as a senior editor for over fifteen years and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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By Paula Citron on August 26, 2019

Shaw Festival's complete production of Man and Superman pays due respect to Shaw’s wit and wisdom in the most engaging way.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | With 'Time and Eternity', Patricia Kopatchinskaja Is Proving That The Concept Album Still Works

By Norman Lebrecht on September 6, 2019

The playing of Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Camerata Bern captures the ear and suspends disbelief. No living violinist comes close to this scale of adventure. 
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SCRUTINY | Shaw Festival's Victory Is Challenging And Raw, But Says What It Means

By Paula Citron on September 3, 2019

Victory: Choices in Reaction is a risky play to put on any playbill, and kudos to the Shaw Festival for taking the chance.
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