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

By Ludwig Van on April 14, 2019

The Amici Chamber Ensemble in Toronto has released a video of a performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, 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 it 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.

 

You can hear this and more on Amici’s 2018 recording. Inspired by Canada: Notre Pays. (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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REMOTE | Jonelle Sills: ‘There Is No Excuse For There Not To Be Diversity In Every Area Of The Industry’

By Michael Zarathus-Cook on June 8, 2020

Soprano Jonelle Sills joins us for this episode of REMOTE to discuss her experience of the pandemic thus far, and talk about building diversity from the bottom up.
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THE SCOOP | Royal Conservatory Marches Ahead With 2020-21 Season

By Michael Vincent on June 10, 2020

Unveiled yesterday during a live-streamed event online, the Royal Conservatory of Music has announced its full 2020-21 season line-up curated by master programmer Mervon Mehta.
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IN MEMORIAM | Beloved Toronto-Born Conductor Victor Feldbrill Dies Age 96

By Michael Vincent on June 18, 2020

Long-time friend to Canadian music, conductor Victor Feldbrill has died, aged 96.
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