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SCRUTINY | Oundjian, TSO Reveal The Glories Of Original Bruckner 8

By Arthur Kaptainis on May 3, 2018

The Toronto Symphony throw light on the differences that have become the source of musical fisticuffs in the original 1887 version of Bruckner's 8 Symphony.
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SCRUTINY | TSO's Candide Pushes Bernstein's Wordplay A Little Too Far

By Arthur Kaptainis on April 27, 2018

The TSO offers a distraction from the horrific tragedy in Toronto this week through the music of Leonard Bernstein's Candide, with conductor Bramwell Tovey at the helm.
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CHECK IN | Is Urbański Still A TSO Maybe?

By Arthur Kaptainis on April 21, 2018

The charismatic conductor Krzysztof Urbański is a credible choice as a possible successor to the throne as Artistic Director at the Toronto Symphony. But with everyone's lips firmly sealed, we ask, is he still a contender?
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SCRUTINY | Good Vibrations At The TSO From The Boss To Be

By Arthur Kaptainis on April 6, 2018

Sir Andrew sent us home from Roy Thomson Hall in a hopeful frame of mind Thursday evening after a finely tooled performance of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony.
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SCRUTINY | Theatre Takes The Lead In The Overcoat

By Arthur Kaptainis on March 30, 2018

Even if it feels like something less than a full-blooded opera, The Overcoat is a brilliant theatrical enterprise that can be appreciated for the virtuosity with which Panych (also the director) enlivens the stage.
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SCRUTINY | Toronto Symphony Sounds Like A Virtuoso Under Stéphane Denève

By Arthur Kaptainis on March 29, 2018

He could have been a contender: Stéphane Denève, 46, can parlez-vous, which is mandatory in Montreal and not a bad thing in Toronto.
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THE SCOOP | Toronto Symphony Orchestra Announces 2018—19 Season With Cuts To Festival Programming

By Arthur Kaptainis on February 27, 2018

With the Oundjian era coming to an end, the TSO rethinks decades-long programming initiatives but adds more gender-balanced guest conductors. Still no hints on a potential successor to Peter Oundjian as music director.
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SCRUTINY | Brentano, Upshaw Sound Great In Modern Oldies 

By Arthur Kaptainis on January 12, 2018

Funny how a program made mostly of music written more than a century ago can seem avant-garde.
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SCRUTINY | Mozart In The Middle Of Winter Never Fails

By Arthur Kaptainis on January 11, 2018

One of the good things about January in the GTA is the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s annual Mozart festival. It got off to a spirited start Wednesday in Roy Thomson Hall under the direction of our winter Mozart-meister, Bernard Labadie.
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SCRUTINY | Halls Brings TSO Messiah Brilliantly Into Focus

By Arthur Kaptainis on December 19, 2017

In the age of sexed-up and dumbed-down Messiahs, it is good to be reminded how utterly self-refreshing Handel’s masterpiece is when addressed by the right personnel under a conductor with something to say.
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