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CD REVIEW | Grigory Sokolov's Deutsche Grammophon Debut: A Wonder to Hear

By Paul E. Robinson on May 31, 2015

Grigory Sokolov's debut recital on Deutsche Grammophon: some of the finest piano recordings one could ever hope to hear.
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SCRUTINY | Canadian Opera Company Closes Season With The Best Anna Bolena It Can Muster

By Joseph So on April 30, 2018

In a season of superlatives, the Canadian Opera Company saves the best for last, in its season-ending production of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Boston Symphony's Shostakovich Is A Revelation

By Norman Lebrecht on August 24, 2018

Two problematic symphonies by a tortured composer are despatched by the Boston Symphony and its Latvian conductor with near-nonchalance.
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SCRUTINY | Blythwood Winds Shows Off Five Female Composers On The Rise

By Sara Schabas on June 12, 2017

It is no secret there is a crisis surrounding gender balance in classical music composition. But in Toronto’s Heliconian Hall Saturday night, the scales were tipped, at least temporarily.
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Review: Christopher Alden puts bats in Canadian Opera Company Die Fledermaus belfry

By John Terauds on October 4, 2012

Make no mistake, Alden’s interpretation of Johann Strauss Jr’s most popular comic operetta — one long accepted on fine, serious opera stages everywhere — has a great concept, a brilliant set design by Allen Moyer, Constance Hoffman’s colourful costumes and some of the finest operatic lighting (by Paul Palazzo) that I’ve seen in a long time.
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Album review: Peter Longworth, Johannes Brahms and the art of making difficult sound easy

By John Terauds on March 1, 2013

Peter Longworth is, I would like to argue, Toronto’s most accomplished collaborative pianist right now. It sometimes looks like there’s nothing he can’t do. So it’s particularly worth paying attention to his first solo album.
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Concert appreciation: A particularly eclectic evening of cabaret by Toronto Masque Theatre

By John Terauds on February 7, 2013

Billed as a Parisian soirée, the programme featured art song, poetry, film, modern music for piano, baroque-era chamber music and a sacred detour into the Lamentations of Jeremiah complete with interpretive dance.
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Album reviews: George Frideric Handel is a composer who never, ever disappoints

By John Terauds on July 30, 2013

The German-speaking law-school dropout with a talent for writing opera arrived in England on the coattails of an unpopular German-born king (George I, the first of the Hanover monarchs, who later Anglicised themselves as Windsors) in the mid-1710s.
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SCRUTINY | Adrianne Pieczonka Impresses Despite Uneven Program

By Michael Vincent on September 30, 2015

Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and Kristina Szabó contend with George Crumb and a few missteps at Soundstreams 2015/16 season opening.
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Concert review: Toronto Symphony Mozart fest closer a bit less than sum of promising parts

By John Terauds on January 19, 2012

Here is a copy of what I filed to the paper last night:
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