Benjamin Britten was born on this day 100 years ago. To many, he is a modern musical hero. Some shrug him off as another 20th century composer too challenging to confront. Yet others call his music simplistic. In Toronto, Stravinsky sells tickets; Britten doesn’t.
What made this announcement really hurt was that he was the last out of my 12 piano students to let me know that they are not able or not interested in cultivating a one-on-one relationship with the instrument unmediated by a printed score.
"My personal ambitions never went beyond maintaining my work at the highest level. That was always my goal." MT catches up with TSO Principal Flute Nora Shulman to chat about her upcoming retirement and the road ahead.
Deezer, a music streaming and sharing service, is finally set up in Canada, and includes full integration with Facebook. There are thousands of classical albums available for listening there — but it takes a lot of digging to find stuff to listen to.