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RECORD KEEPING | Lawrence Wiliford's Pitch-Perfect 'O Gladsome Light' Shines The Way

By Paul E. Robinson on February 20, 2018

One could hardly imagine a better performance than the one on this album, with Canadian tenor Lawrence Wiliford offering pitch-perfect intonation and beautiful tone.
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RECORD KEEPING | Two New Albums That Remind Us There's More To Sibelius

By Paul E. Robinson on February 11, 2018

Two new albums from Gerald Finley and Anne Sofie von Otter offer are a stark reminder of how much repertoire from Sibelius is still waiting to be re-discovered.
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RECORD KEEPING | A Top Shelf Nielsen From Dausgaard And The Seattle Symphony

By Paul E. Robinson on February 5, 2018

While there have been other fine recorded performances of Nielsen’s Fourth, Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony, combining virtuosic playing with the flying by the seat of your pants abandon of a live performance, give us one that ranks right up there with the best of them.
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RECORD KEEPING | One Orchestra, Two Very Different Conductors

By Paul E. Robinson on January 29, 2018

Two resurrected favourites emerge this week, with Guido Cantelli and Herbert von Karajan both heading the Philharmonia Orchestra.
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RECORD KEEPING | The Amici Chamber Ensemble Capture The Spirit Of Canada

By Paul E. Robinson on January 19, 2018

Despite its shortcomings, this new album by Toronto's Amici Chamber Ensemble is an imaginative contribution to the celebration of Canada.
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RECORD KEEPING | Jane Coop Handles Prokofiev With Ease In Re-Issue With The Calgary Phil

By Paul E. Robinson on January 11, 2018

Given the diminished state of the classical recording business today, even the most distinguished artists have a tough time putting out concerto recordings. Jane Coop has done the next best thing in re-issuing recordings by the now-defunct CBC Records.
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RECORD KEEPING | Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 1 Is Making A Comeback For 2018

By Paul E. Robinson on January 4, 2018

"This is music of tremendous intensity." The latest from Philharmonia Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy has got our attention this week.
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RECORD KEEPING | Lulu and Girl Crazy Belong To Barbara Hannigan

By Paul E. Robinson on December 30, 2017

Hannigan navigates her way through this contrapuntal labyrinth with total mastery and her musicians play superbly.
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RECORD KEEPING | After A Long Wait, Tafelmusik's Tales Of Two Cities Gets Immortalized

By Paul E. Robinson on December 13, 2017

"Beautifully realized and enormously inspiring." Tafelmusik's Tales Of Two Cities draws attention to what we have shared for centuries.
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RECORD KEEPING | Nézet-Séguin's "Duets" Is Beautiful And Great, But... We're Not Surprised

By Paul E. Robinson on December 7, 2017

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain are getting into legend territory with new Album of Duets with Rolando Villazón and Ildar Abdrazakov.
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