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INTERVIEW | Talking Conductors and Composers With Hannu Lintu

By Paul E. Robinson on March 2, 2017

Paul Robinson chats with Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu about music, his training and his forthcoming appearance with the TSO.
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PROFILE | Orchestral Obsessions: In Conversation With Matthias Pintscher

By Tyler Versluis on April 26, 2016

Matthias Pintscher redefines the ego-driven approach to conducting and composition that has notoriously, and maybe unfairly, defined 20th-century classical music making.
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THE SCOOP | Video Of A Ten-Year-Old Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conducting Surfaces

By Michael Vincent on June 7, 2016

A ten-year-old Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts during an elementary school performance.
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THE SCOOP | Gemma New Announced Music Director of Hamilton Philharmonic

By Michael Vincent on May 5, 2015

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra has announced 28-year-old conductor Gemma New as their new music director.
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THE SCOOP | Janko Kastelic named Kapellmeister at Vienna State Opera

By Michael Vincent on May 19, 2015

Janko Kastelic appointed new Kapellmeister of the Wiener Hofmusikkapelle at the Vienna State Opera.
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THE CLASSICAL TRAVELER | André Previn and Elgar Well-Served in Texas (Review)

By Paul E. Robinson on April 20, 2015

Review: André Previn premieres his Double Concerto for Violin and Violoncello in Austin, Texas.
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RECORD KEEPING | Manfred Honeck Injects Fire Into Strauss Elektra Release

By Paul E. Robinson on January 24, 2017

Manfred Honeck conducts Elektra with fire and authority, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra responds appropriately; this is exciting music-making.
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THE CLASSICAL TRAVELER | A Conversation with Leon Major

By Paul E. Robinson on November 2, 2014

Many years ago, in 1979 to be exact, Leon Major and I worked together at the St. Lawrence Centre in Toronto. Leon was the General Manager and directed most of the plays, and I was the incoming director of music programming, succeeding Franz Kraemer. For me it was a great opportunity to broaden my approach to music programming. I was to continue my work as music director at CJRT-FM and as conductor of the CJRT Radio Orchestra, but with Leon I could see new challenges. Alas, it was not to be. After ten years of working together, Leon and his board were ready to part ways, and he left just after I arrived. Without Leon at the helm, the St. Lawrence Centre seemed far less idealistic and far less interested in taking artistic risks. I too soon moved on.
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FITS & BURSTS | Why Messiah - Forever and Ever?

By Michael Vincent on December 15, 2014

At any given time during the holiday season, hundreds of choirs will amass in churches and various concert halls across the world, to perform Handel’s Messiah . With the exception of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, no other choral work has been so fixed into western musical culture. In fact for many, the tradition of going to a performance of the Messiah is as dear as beautifying the Christmas tree in the family living room.But why?
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Maria João Pires faces the music as she realises she has prepared the wrong concerto

By Michael Vincent on March 5, 2014

 
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