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Is disappointment the jet fuel of creativity?

By John Terauds on November 24, 2012

This little bit of interview conversation by Cate Blanchett contains what I think could possibly be the kernel of the whole artistic impulse.
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Classical Music 101: Pemi Paull's viola cam proves best listening is behind the conductor

By John Terauds on April 7, 2012

Violist Pemi Paull set up a viola cam during rehearsals for yesterday’s performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion by Ensemble Caprice at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in downtown Montreal.
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Classical Music 101: What does period performance mean?

By John Terauds on February 22, 2012

Nearly every instrument in an orchestra has changed over the past three centuries. Some differences are obvious: a harpsichord, in which the strings are plucked by a mechanical quill, evolved into a piano, where the strings are struck by a felt-padded hammer; the French horn sprouted valves; the bassoon grew larger.
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Classical Music 101: What came before is contained in how we play and what we hear today

By John Terauds on February 7, 2013

The question completely broadsided me, because the idea of a world without Early Music seems as bereft as a world without Renaissance history, with the paintings of Titian banished to decommissioned nuclear bomb shelters, and St Mark’s Church in Venice hidden behind tall plywood hoardings.
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How to enjoy opera without trying too hard: a simple guide for the curious

By John Terauds on October 1, 2012

Sometimes we get caught in a vicious circle where people are intimidated by classical music or opera and, in return, those who love it try too hard in the wrong way to find the right introduction.
I was reminded of this yesterday over the course of two hours with Canadian Opera Company music director Johannes Debus in a Q&A session for the Toronto Opera Club.
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Classical Music 101: What is a prepared piano?

By John Terauds on February 10, 2012

This does not mean a quick polish or two-hours of warmup, or even a last-minute tuning.
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Take a moment to smell the polyphonic roses with English Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis

By John Terauds on August 11, 2013

Tallis’s music has had a small bump in notoriety over the past couple of years as that motet, Spem in alium, is also part of the soundtrack to amorous adventures in Fifty Shades of Grey.
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Choosing the right instrument is much easier and much more difficult that many people believe

By John Terauds on September 29, 2013

Sherkin’s was a Steingraeber & Söhne baby grand, a high-end piano packed with goodies to raise the highest of brows. Thanks to his sponsor, Grand Piano House Inc., he will have a full concert-size instrument to work with whenever he plays at the Jane Mallett Theatre this season.
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Album review: Beethoven symphonies even more present and insistent with period instruments

By John Terauds on May 28, 2013

Anyone with even a glancing knowledge of Western music history knows that Beethoven first rattled the cage of Classical form, then demolished it with oupourings of emotion using then-unconventional means. But so much of the Beethoven we hear on symphony stages sounds so tame. Is this really the music that shocked listeners 200 years ago?
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Video: Kristian Bezuidenhout explains the differences between the fortepiano and modern piano in Toronto

By John Terauds on December 5, 2013

Ahead of the first of four concerts with Tafelmusik in his Toronto début this week, fortepiano master Kristian Bezuidenhout eloquently answered questions about what makes his instrument different from a modern concert grand.
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