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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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INTERVIEW | After A Debilitating Injury, Classical Guitarist Miloš Returns All The Better For It

By Anya Wassenberg on September 13, 2019

With traditional classical guitar works and covers of Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Portishead, Miloš returns with a new perspective on music. His new album "Sound of Silence", is out now.
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THE SCOOP | How A Toronto Children's Choir Wound Up On Taylor Swift's New Album

By Anya Wassenberg on August 30, 2019

It’s nice to have friends in high places, as students and faculty of Toronto’s non-profit Regent Park School of Music found out August 23, 2019.
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CRITIC'S PICKS | 10 Concerts You Absolutely Need To See In Toronto This Week (Sept. 14 – 22)

By Joseph So on September 12, 2019

Classical music and opera events happening in and around Toronto for the week of September 14 – 22.
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