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COFFEE BREAK | Amici Chamber Ensemble's Version Of "Hallelujah" Will Break Your Heart

By Ludwig Van on February 12, 2018

A new video of a performance by Amici Chamber Ensemble of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” has just been released on their Facebook page, and it is too good not to share.

Amici’s powerful musical tribute to singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who left us in 2016, shows just how well the song works in the classical tradition. The end of the last verse is particularly special. Mireille Asselin’s voice curls up like smoke above her shoulder — and is powerful stuff.

The song was arranged by Toronto-based pianist and composer Serouj Kradjian, and tempered against this brilliant performance by soprano  Mireille Asselin and the Amici Chamber Ensemble  — the result is pure magic:

 

You can hear this and more on Inspired by Canada: Notre PaysAmici’s latest disc released today. (Read our review here.)

If you’re hungry for more classical takes on Cohen’s masterpiece, check out this one from Brooklyn Duo:

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CRITIC'S PICKS | 12 Concerts You Absolutely Need To See In Toronto This Week (Jan. 28 – Feb. 3)

By Joseph So on January 28, 2019

Classical music and opera events happening in and around Toronto for the week of January 28 – February 3.
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INTERVIEW | "I went straight to Elektra": In Conversation With Soprano Susan Bullock

By Joseph So on January 24, 2019

In a wide-ranging interview, the British soprano shares her secret on maintaining a sense of artistic wonder in a long operatic journey.
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THE SCOOP | RCM 2019/20 Season Preview: “I go looking for great music” Says Mervon Mehta

By Anya Wassenberg on February 4, 2019

From Renaissance opera for the 21st century to a premiere by a Canadian jazz icon, RCM's 2019/20 season preview includes a few surprises up its sleeve.
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