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SCRUTINY | Dover Quartet Does It All In Koerner Hall

By Arthur Kaptainis on July 18, 2019

The Dover Quartet's performance at Toronto Summer Music makes music criticism difficult. But that's a good thing.
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SCRUTINY | Solid Showing By Gustavo Gimeno In Suspect TSO Program

By Arthur Kaptainis on June 29, 2019

Gustavo Gimeno returned to Roy Thomson Hall Friday as music-director-to-be, handily establishing his basic qualifications, but leaving certain larger questions unanswered.
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SCRUTINY | Pomegranate Has The Makings Of An Indie Opera Classic

By Arthur Kaptainis on June 8, 2019

In an age of edgy drama and raucous music, Pomegranate, at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, makes a remarkably lyrical impression.
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SCRUTINY | Jan Lisiecki An Ideal Mendelssohnian With The TSO

By Arthur Kaptainis on June 6, 2019

Under the baton of guest conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens, Jan Lisiecki and the TSO make a convincing case for a poetic approach to Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1.
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SCRUTINY | Toronto Symphony Gets A Five Or A Six For This Mahler Seventh

By Arthur Kaptainis on May 16, 2019

The TSO's performance of Mahler’s Seventh led by Sir Andrew Davis on Wednesday night left us with more questions than answers.
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SCRUTINY | COC's La Bohème Never Lets You Down

By Arthur Kaptainis on April 18, 2019

Canadian Opera Company's revamped 2013 production of La Bohème comes equipped with an unfettered concept, fine singing, and a committed cast.
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SCRUTINY | Richard Goode Was Good Beethoven, Most Of The Time

By Arthur Kaptainis on April 8, 2019

The ingredients, Sunday afternoon, were there: Koerner Hall, a big crowd, a program of late Beethoven and an American pianist of high repute, Richard Goode, who had the wherewithal to realize the glories of this special repertory. Most of the time.
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SCRUTINY | RCM Offers Moderate Magic From Mozart's The Magic Flute

By Arthur Kaptainis on March 21, 2019

The Glenn Gould School's bare-bones production of The Magic Flute offered intermittent charm but uneven vocal quality.
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SCRUTINY | Glenn Gould Gala Does Justice To Jessye Norman

By Arthur Kaptainis on February 21, 2019

Glenn Gould Prize Gala Concert Honouring Jessye Norman a memorable experience, and a fitting tribute to musical excellence.
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SCRUTINY | Folksy Dvorák From New-look Juilliard, With Help From Hamelin

By Arthur Kaptainis on February 15, 2019

The Juilliard String Quartet and Marc-André Hamelin send a valentine to Toronto with an intimate recital at Jane Mallett Theatre.
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