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RECORD KEEPING | Louis Lortie And Hélène Mercier: Rachmaninoff/Poulenc

By Paul E. Robinson on January 23, 2016

Most of the music on these two new CDs by Louis Lortie And Hélène Mercier is repertoire that the average music-lover will rarely encounter in a lifetime of concert-going. And what a loss! This is glorious music for the most part, that has given me enormous pleasure over the years.
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RECORD KEEPING | Soprano Layla Claire's Debut Album A Hit And Miss Affair

By Paul E. Robinson on May 30, 2017

Soprano Layla Claire's album debut features many fine performances, but it is not without a few quibbles.
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RECORD KEEPING | Disbanded Cypress String Quartet Goes Out With Brahms

By Paul E. Robinson on March 7, 2017

The Cypress String Quartet wraps a 20-year career with a modern, but cold approach to Brahms' String Sextets featuring violist Barry Shiffman and cellist Zuill Bailey.
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RECORD KEEPING | Two Sopranos Take On Handel And Seize His Heart

By Paul E. Robinson on February 5, 2017

Two recordings by Canadian Julie Boulianne and Russian Julia Lezhneva offer a fascinating look into the diverging approaches to the baroque voice.
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RECORD KEEPING | New Toronto Choir Opus 8 Impresses In Multifaceted Debut Album

By John Terauds on March 30, 2017

Toronto's Opus 8 choir breaks through with a debut album featuring a patchwork quilt of eras, moods, and styles.
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RECORD KEEPING | Pianist Stewart Goodyear Channels The Spirit Of Ravel In New Solo Album

By John Terauds on April 21, 2017

In his first recording for the London, England-based label Orchid Classics, Goodyear lays out the substantive core of Ravel’s output for solo piano.
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RECORD KEEPING | Simon Rattle's French Venture into London Symphony Orchestra Territory

By Paul E. Robinson on August 29, 2017

The conductor gives a taste of his upcoming tenure at the LSO, blending accessibility with imaginative programming and execution.
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RECORD KEEPING | Is There Anything Pinchas Zukerman Can't Play Well?

By Paul E. Robinson on October 9, 2016

Two releases by the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra show Pinchas Zukerman can play just about anything.
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RECORD KEEPING | Enjoying Every Minute Of The Dover Quartet

By Paul E. Robinson on December 11, 2016

The Dover Quartet make their recording debut with an all-Mozart album on Cedille Records and it's absolutely stunning.
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RECORD KEEPING | Why Mess With Handel's "Messiah"?

By Paul E. Robinson on December 28, 2016

Sir Andrew Davis' re-orchestration of Handel's "Messiah" leaves reviewer Paul E Robinson with a bone to pick.
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