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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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SCRUTINY | Old Pro Zukerman Makes Real Music With The TSO

By Arthur Kaptainis on January 18, 2019

No one would award the TSO subscription concerts this week a prize for originality, but a few honours for burnished tone and old-fashioned musicality would not be amiss.
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SCRUTINY | 21C Music Festival: Goodyear Concerto Has The Sound Of A Winner

By Arthur Kaptainis on January 17, 2019

Virtuoso technique sees a confident start to the 21C Music Festival with Stewart Goodyear and the TSO in tow.
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SCRUTINY | Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Makes Handel's Messiah Shimmer With The TSO

By Arthur Kaptainis on December 18, 2018

Conductor Johannes Debus, four strong soloists, and a responsive TSO were great, but it was the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir under David Fallis that made this Handel's Messiah truly special.
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SCRUTINY | Thomas Søndergård Means Business At TSO

By Arthur Kaptainis on October 19, 2018

Half empty or half full? This depends, on your point of view, but if the quality of music-making is factored in, the latter descriptor applies to Roy Thomson Hall on Thursday and a concert by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
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