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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 | 10 Concerts You Need To See In Toronto This Week (Oct. 29 – Nov. 4)

By Joseph So on October 29, 2018

Classical music and opera events happening in and around Toronto for the week of October 29 – November 4.
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OPEN LETTER | COC's Production Of Hadrian Is Dangerously Close To Being Anti-Semitic

By Joseph Glaser on October 29, 2018

Montreal-based composer Joseph Glaser pens an open letter about the COC’s staging of Hadrian and anti-Semitic sentiment in line with the Pittsburgh attack.
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SCRUTINY | Limp Production Ails Factory Theatre's 'The Men in White'

By Paula Citron on October 21, 2018

While funny at times, abrupt pacing and a lack of depth takes the zip out of the Factory Theatre's 'The Men in White'.
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