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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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SCRUTINY | Rite of Spring Gives A One-Two Punch to the Gut

By Michael Vincent on March 28, 2015

Driven under the dancing baton of visiting conductor Krzysztof Urbański, it’s not hard to see how the Rite provided a way out of the “theatre of the mind.”...
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CONCERT REVIEW: Toy Piano Composers and Cellophone are Pleasantly Gritty

By Tyler Versluis on January 30, 2015

In general, I find the best concert-going experiences are when not only the music is excellent but when the experience delivers a revelation. A presumptuous attitude, perhaps, but I feel this is what divides an entertaining experience from an artistic one...
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Concert review: Toronto Symphony makes Messiah magic at Roy Thomson Hall

By John Terauds on December 18, 2012

The Toronto Symphony and its many guests on stage had earned every single one of the hundreds of loud shouts of Bravo! that rang out after the music stopped.
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Keyboard Thursday album review: Garrick Ohlsson convincingly presents merits of composer Charles Griffes

By John Terauds on May 9, 2013

American pianist Garrick Ohlsson is one of the greats — as he reminded everyone present at Koerner Hall two weeks ago. So when he turns to something obscure, we need to see and hear what he’s up to.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Two Delightful Voices At Play In Dual Release

By Norman Lebrecht on August 11, 2017

There are many dichotomies at play on this dual release, as soprano and tenor navigate well-trodden and less unfamiliar opera arias.
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The ghost of J. S. Bach plays nasty trick on Passion-inspired improvisers AAO and Nicole Lizée

By Michael Vincent on April 17, 2014

The fad started the early 1990’s, and quickly sputtered out when people started to realize that the idea of genre, rather than an artful use of a specific musical style as a mater of depth, doesn’t really hold much water. It’s an empty statement that poses itself as an answer rather than a question.
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Concert review: A night of fine Russian chemistry from Toronto Symphony and Kirill Gerstein

By John Terauds on May 15, 2013

The Roy Thomson Hall audience was warmly appreciative of Gerstein’s easy virtuosity and lyrical playing. He made this old warhorse sound fresh and full of life.
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Keyboard Thursday album review and the burden of choice: Janina Fialkowska vs Inon Barnatan vs Franz Schubert

By John Terauds on September 26, 2013

This situation includes two worthy new albums of piano sonatas by Franz Schubert (1797-1828): One by Inon Barnatan on the Avie label featuring two of the composer’s last three — C minor (D958) and A Major (D959) — plus the sweet Op. 90 No. 3 Impromptu; and an ATMA Classique release by Janina Fialkowska of the No. 13 in A Major (D664) and No. 18 in G Major (D894).
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Opera review: A clever blend of Baroque and modern in A Synonym for Love at the Gladstone Hotel

By John Terauds on August 20, 2012

Fortunately for the clever troupe of singers, actors and orchestra musicians having the dramatic time of their lives at the Gladstone Hotel until Aug. 31, their modern English adaptation of George Frideric Handel’s 1707 cantata Clori, Trisi e Fileno, renamed A Synonym for Love, is an unqualified success.
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