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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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SCRUTINY | A Jumbled Program Prevents Flight At Recital With Angela Cheng And Alvin Chow

By John Terauds on August 1, 2018

Husband and wife piano duo Angela Cheng Alvin Chow presented a muddled program that contributed to a muddled result at the Toronto Summer Music Festival.
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RECORD KEEPING | TSO's Triumphant Vaughan Williams Album Is First-Class Music Making

By Paul E. Robinson on July 30, 2018

This notable release, not least of all because it is Peter Oundjian’s last recording as music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, is a real triumph.
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SCRUTINY | Jonathan Crow Offers Powerful, Fiery Tribute To Legendary Violinist Yehudi Menhuhin

By John Terauds on July 31, 2018

Jonathan Crow and Philip Chiu leave a full house clamouring for more in a program celebrating the legacy of legendary 20th-century violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
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