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SCRUTINY | TSO Lets Berlioz Do The Talking In Season Opener

By Paul E. Robinson on September 21, 2018

Despite some welcome repertoire by Jacques Hétu and Hector Berlioz, the TSO's 2018/19 season opener offered some mixed results.
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RECORD KEEPING | Even Yannick Nézet-Séguin Can't Make Us Love Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito

By Paul E. Robinson on September 6, 2018

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Rolando Villazón, and Joyce DiDonato do their best to convince us that La Clemenza di Tito is a masterpiece.
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RECORD KEEPING | Giovanna d’Arco With Anna Netrebko Explains Why The Best Operas Survive

By Paul E. Robinson on August 30, 2018

Riccardo Chailly combined with the artistry of Netrebko, saves this La Scala production of Verdi's Giovanna d’Arco from over-the-top silliness.
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RECORD KEEPING | Boston Symphony Hits The Shostakovich Bullseye (Again)

By Paul E. Robinson on August 15, 2018

Just when you thought you've heard the best, the Boston Symphony may have just set a new standard for Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4.
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RECORD KEEPING | TSO's Triumphant Vaughan Williams Album Is First-Class Music Making

By Paul E. Robinson on July 30, 2018

This notable release, not least of all because it is Peter Oundjian’s last recording as music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, is a real triumph.
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RECORD KEEPING | OSM Releases Bernstein's A Quiet Place, But Will It Win New Friends?

By Paul E. Robinson on July 15, 2018

Marking Bernstein 100th-anniversary year, the Montréal Symphony's new recording of A Quiet Place is played with care and authority, but its structural problems are difficult to surpass.
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RECORD KEEPING | 85 Hours Of Rafael Kubelík Should Keep You Busy For A Good Long While

By Paul E. Robinson on July 4, 2018

At last, Deutsche Grammophon has done the right thing and released a box-set of complete recordings dedicated to Rafael Kubelik, one of the greatest Czech conductors of all time.
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SCRUTINY | Jaap Van Zweden Leaves The Dallas Symphony Orchestra With An Emotional Final Bow

By Paul E. Robinson on June 4, 2018

Jaap van Zweden is on his way to the Big Time, and while we are sure the Dallas musicians and audience members wish him well, a period of either stasis or re-building likely lies ahead.
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RECORD KEEPING | Alexei Ogrintchouk Provides A Convincing Argument For Late Era Richard Strauss

By Paul E. Robinson on May 30, 2018

This new recording with Alexei Ogrintchouk, principal oboist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, accompanied by colleagues from the RCO and conducted by Andris Nelsons. offers a detailed and intense performance of Richard Strauss later works.
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RECORD KEEPING | New Biography From Bernstein's Valet Casts Light On His Hard Living Years

By Paul E. Robinson on May 23, 2018

"Please look after my music" — Leonard Bernstein last words to his long-time assistant Charlie Harmon, who has finally broken his silence in a tell-all biography extolling the challenges of living with a genius on the cusp of legacy.
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