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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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FEATURE | Classical Music For A Spooky Mood

By Anya Wassenberg on October 29, 2020

We’ve looked at the obvious and the more obscure, pieces both centuries old and new, to come up with a list of musical suggestions for getting into the spooky spirit of Halloween.
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THE REMOTE PODCAST | Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser On The Cultural Changes Taking Place In Orchestras

By Michael Zarathus-Cook on November 23, 2020

Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser joins us this week to chat about his journey thus far as a black, gay conductor at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and beyond.
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SCRUTINY | Factory Theatre’s Superb 'acts of faith' Delivers Live Theatre’s Energy

By Paula Citron on November 26, 2020

Imaginative writing and staging, and über-talented actor Natasha Mumba make 'acts of faith' a delightful livestream theatre experience.
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