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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Composer For Hard Times And Isolation

By Norman Lebrecht on April 3, 2020

In isolation, Viktor Ullmann dug deep and found wit and humour, his music persuasively interpreted in this Berlin Classics recording.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | What Can You Do With 3 Sopranos And 2 Altos? Be inventive, That’s What

By Norman Lebrecht on March 27, 2020

The all-women quintet Papagena have come up with a range of unaccompanied songs, settings and original commissions that often takes the breath away.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | One Of The Blessings Of Social Isolation Is The Time To Listen

By Norman Lebrecht on March 20, 2020

Listening carefully to the Lutoslawski symphonies brings rewards that I failed to remember from past live hearings.
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SCRUTINY | A Supremely Talented Cast And High Octane Dance Make Summer A Hit

By Paula Citron on March 14, 2020

With a supremely talented cast and high octane dance, Summer is a fitting tribute to the Queen of Disco.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Víkingur Ólafsson Is Putting Iceland On The Classical Music Map

By Norman Lebrecht on March 13, 2020

Víkingur Ólafsson has taken a pair of French composers two centuries apart and effectively melded their music into one by the simple method of interleaving short pieces across a whole album.
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SCRUTINY | Ratmansky’s Choreography And Wonderful Performances Light Up The NBC's Romeo And Juliet

By Paula Citron on March 12, 2020

Ratmansky’s choreography, Prokofiev’s glorious music, and wonderful performances by dancers Elena Lobsanova and an ageless Guillaume Côté make for pure stage magic in the National Ballet's 'Romeo and Juliet'.
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SCRUTINY | Les Ballets Trockadero Delight With Bravura Technique And High Camp

By Joseph So on March 9, 2020

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo dazzled the audience with an inimitable mix of balletic virtuosity and over-the-top comedy with an emphasis on high camp in their return to Toronto.
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SCRUTINY | James Rhodes Is The Ambassador Classical Music Needs

By Michael Zarathus-Cook on March 6, 2020

James Rhodes brings f-bombs, an irreverent approach, and sensitive and virtuosic interpretations of Beethoven's lesser known piano sonatas in his Canadian debut.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Busoni: A Tribute Album Of The Best Kind

By Norman Lebrecht on March 6, 2020

Ferruccio Busoni's often overlooked violin sonatas are performed with evident relish in a fitting homage to Johannes Brahms.
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SCRUTINY | Impressive Performances Bring Necessary Angel’s Thought Provoking ‘The Events’ To Life

By Paula Citron on March 5, 2020

Strong performances and thoughtful direction illuminate the complex and topical story of ‘The Events’ in Necessary Angel’s production.
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