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RECORD KEEPING | Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow

By Paul E. Robinson on July 28, 2016

"It is clear that the symphonies of Shostakovich have found their near-ideal interpreters." Andris Nelsons / Boston Symphony Orchestra: Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow.
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FEATURE | COC Opera Chorus Sing Along Separates The Karaoke Crowd From The Opera Lovers

By Robin Roger on November 2, 2016

When I arrived early for the COC Opera Chorus Sing-Along, several opera lovers were already occupying the benches around the perimeter of the Four Seasons Box Office, chatting about their opera going experiences, their singing backgrounds, nervously asking each other whether they’d done this before, whether they’d had voice lessons, and pre-emptively asserting their lack of ability....
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SCRUTINY | Handel's Ariodante Gets The PostModern Treatment

By Arthur Kaptainis on October 17, 2016

"Handel lives. The larger question: Will he survive," asks critic Arthur Kaptainis.
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SCRUTINY | Barbara Hannigan Shines With The TSO

By Michael Vincent on January 28, 2016

With a brew of composers rarely mixed, soprano Barbara Hannigan joined the Toronto Symphony last night to perform Henri Dutilleux's "Correspondances" – a 22-minute song cycle which she has remained loyal since first recording it with Esa-Pekka Salonen, in 2013.
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PROFILE | COC Debut Artist Bass-Baritone Josef Wagner

By Joseph So on February 1, 2016

In a wide-ranging interview, the Austrian bass-baritone talks about his life and his career.
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COFFEE BREAK | The Mysterious Tearjerker Behind Brahms' Lullaby (Video)

By Ludwig Van on February 12, 2016

The story behind "Brahms's Lullaby" is one of the great stories of classical music lore. This must see video tells it beautifully.
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RECORD KEEPING | Paul Merkelo/Montreal Symphony Orchestra

By Paul E. Robinson on February 13, 2016

With his colleagues in the MSO, under the direction of Kent Nagano, Merkelo delivers near-definitive performances of three classics of the Twentieth Century trumpet repertoire, with rich and detailed sound quality provided by Analekta.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Wihan Quartet: Dvořák/Janáček (Nimbus Alliance)

By Norman Lebrecht on February 2, 2016

It must be something in the plum juice that produces, generation after generation, a cluster of distinctive string quartets from the country constituted as the Czech Republic. There is nothing like a Czech string quartet. It’s a generic school of ensemble playing that aligns all the right accents to a witty, virile expressiveness and an almost effortless panache.
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THE SCOOP | Canadian Government Opens Its Wallet To National Youth Orchestra Of Canada

By Michael Vincent on August 15, 2016

Canadian Heritage announces $525,000 in funding for NYO Canada as part of Canada 150.
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CRITIC'S PICKS | Six Amazing Concerts You Should Absolutely See This Week

By Joseph So on June 6, 2016

Critic’s Picks for classical music and opera events in Toronto for the Week of June 6 to 12.
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