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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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SCRUTINY | TSO's Mahler Six Rates At Least A Seven

By Arthur Kaptainis on November 24, 2017

Guest conductor Donald Runnicles and a rearranged TSO pounded a Mahler 6 into submission for the first of two concerts at Roy Thomson Hall on Thursday. Here's what we thought about it...
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SCRUTINY | Operatic Dracula In Sweden More Show Than Score

By Arthur Kaptainis on November 17, 2017

The indestructible tale of the Transylvanian transplant to London has been made into a gloomily entertaining evening of music-theatre by the Royal Swedish Opera. Here's what we thought about it.
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SCRUTINY | Israel Philharmonic Under Mehta Deserves A Full House

By Arthur Kaptainis on October 29, 2017

While many undoubtedly came to support the home nation of the ensemble, they got a great night of music in the bargain.
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SCRUTINY | TSO Gives Substance To Brahms Requiem Redux

By Arthur Kaptainis on September 28, 2017

Carried with substance and moderate tempos, Russell Braun and Erin Wall pull from the heartstrings for a dressed up Brahms Requiem.
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SCRUTINY | Toronto Symphony's Gould Tribute Almost Pure Gold

By Arthur Kaptainis on September 23, 2017

Pianist Jan Lisiecki and the TSO's re-enactment of the Brahms D minor Concerto superb, but it was Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll that won us over.
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SCRUTINY | A Moving Bruckner Fifth In Many Ways

By Arthur Kaptainis on September 8, 2017

Under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the call for "all hands on deck" commanded impressive results out of the Orchestre Métropolitain.
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SCRUTINY | Music Prevails In National Youth Concert

By Arthur Kaptainis on July 26, 2017

A kaleidoscopic concert commemorating Canada's 150 years, as offered by two national youth ensembles at Toronto Summer Music.
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