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RECORD KEEPING | Pinchas Zukerman And Amanda Forsyth/National Arts Centre Orchestra

By Paul E. Robinson on January 16, 2016

After more than 15 years at the helm, Pinchas Zukerman recently stepped down from his post as music director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NAC) in Ottawa. Zukerman came to Ottawa as a celebrated solo violinist (and violist) and a part-time conductor of modest reputation. At the time, it was certainly considered a coup for the NAC to contract such a prestigious musician to lead its orchestra, although doubts were expressed about what he might be able to accomplish as a conductor...
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RECORD KEEPING | Daniil Trifonov: The Magic Of Music/Rachmaninov Variations

By Paul E. Robinson on January 1, 2016

Daniil Trifonov burst onto the scene a few seasons back and has quickly become the Superstar du jour. Is he the real thing or just a shooting star whose light will soon fade? Too early to tell. But these two new recordings give ample evidence of who he is now and what he is capable of doing.
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RECORD KEEPING | Jordan Pal Reckons With Rapture On "Into The Wonder"

By Paul E. Robinson on November 21, 2017

One of Canada’s most interesting young composers, Jordan Pal's first record is an expansive personal awakening.
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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 | Leonard Bernstein: Larger Than Life (DVD)

By Paul E. Robinson on July 11, 2016

Leonard Bernstein: Larger Than Life aims to capture the true Leonard Bernstein, but is only modestly successful.
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RECORD KEEPING | Nelsons Misses The Forest For The Trees With New Bruckner 3

By Paul E. Robinson on December 2, 2017

Nelsons marks his first album with Gewandhausorchester with new Bruckner-Wagner album. Unfortunately, his meticulous care for balance clouds the bigger picture.
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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 | 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 | For Jan Lisiecki Fans, New Chopin Release Is Another Winner

By Paul E. Robinson on April 5, 2017

Jan Lisiecki abandons former glories with Chopin's solo repertoire for a technically dazzling release that highlights Chopin's orchestral works.
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RECORD KEEPING | Brahms' Heart And Soul With A Canadian Twist

By Paul E. Robinson on June 7, 2017

For many Canadian music-lovers, clarinettist James Campbell will be the main attraction on this new Naxos CD.
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