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Classical 101 | The Difference Between Chamber, Philharmonic, And Symphony Orchestra

By Michael Vincent on August 4, 2014

Ever wonder what the difference between a philharmonic and a symphony orchestra is? How about a chamber orchestra? Your questions answered.
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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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Toronto Mahler Society celebrates 10th anniversary of spreading Mahleria

By Open Submission on April 25, 2013

Dr Patrick P.L. Lam, a member of the Toronto Mahler Society, offers an invitation to join the organization’s 10th anniversary celebration on May 8:
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Classical Music 101: What is a symphony?

By John Terauds on February 5, 2012

This is the first installment in an occasional, indefinite series of explanations on typical things one would find at a classical music concert for people who are new to its many, many codified forms.
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Classical Music 101: A guide to the subtler charms of a string orchestra in a noisy age

By John Terauds on August 5, 2013

A visit to Bob Shingleton’s excellent blog, On an Overgrown Path, has inspired a little ode to the charms of the string orchestra, a deceptively simple-seeming collection of violins, violas, cellos and double-basses.
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Glenn Gould @ 80: Dislodging the secret of his Goldberg Variations from under all the hype

By John Terauds on September 14, 2012

There is such a fuss coming up over the next two weeks as people latch on to the Big International Brand that is Glenn Gould. In Toronto there will be concerts, lectures and all sorts of weirdness at Convocation Hall.
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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 101 | Why Is There No Saxophone In The Orchestra?

By Hye Won Cecilia Lee on August 7, 2019

With so many standard instruments included in the orchestra, where is the saxophone? The answer may surprise you.
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Sunday listening: The symphonic poetry of 20th century French composer Charles Koechlin

By John Terauds on July 14, 2013

Bastille Day is a fine excuse to spend a moment with underappreciated French composer Charles Koechlin (1867-1950), who is benefiting from some very fine new recordings, including an album by Toronto violist Steven Dann.
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Classical 101 | Castrati: The Incredible History Of The Men Who Sang Like Women

By Brian Chang on January 16, 2017

Castrati were world's first real superstars. But the history behind the men who could sing like women has an interesting twist. Brian Chang explains.
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