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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Prokofiev: Violin Concertos (Bis)

By Norman Lebrecht on September 16, 2016

★★★★ (out of five) "Gluzman plays dangerously close to the edge of possibility," says Norman Lebrecht.
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Our music is not Canadian, just made in Canada

By John Terauds on October 18, 2012

In saying this, I don’t want to belittle Keillor’s magnificent accomplishment in putting together this album. But all that playing and listening inspired a lot of thinking.
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Concert review: Violinist Rachel Podger lights up Tafelmusik's Baroque celebration

By John Terauds on May 3, 2012

One of the joys of small period-performance ensembles is seeing a soloist also take on the role of leader or conductor. When all the parts of a programme align properly, it can make for powerfully unified performances, as was the case at this week’s Tafelmusik Baroque celebration.
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Opera review: Verdi's transformative Falstaff hits all right notes with Opera Hamilton

By Open Submission on October 23, 2013

Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff is popping up all over the place this season. In Toronto, New York, at Opera Hamilton and elsewhere, companies are choosing the maestro’s final work to salute his bicentenary.
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SCRUTINY | Tafelmusik’s Bach Tapestry A Remarkable Musical Tribute

By John Terauds on February 10, 2017

Tafelmusik weaves together an imaginative cross-section of Bach’s creations for an evening of musical tapestries at Jeanne Lamon Hall.
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SCRUTINY | Imaginary Anthropologies Funny But Not For Everyone

By Joshua Denenberg on August 14, 2016

Dharmoo’s energetic and at times acrobatic performance, combined with genuinely impressive vocal range, made Imaginary Anthropologies memorable.
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Benjamin Britten at 100 Part VII: An uncanny way of marrying words, meaning and music

By John Terauds on April 7, 2013

As with Britten’s opereas, this carefully selected set of 17 works for liturgical contexts speaks directly to English-speaking listeners without the need for understanding a single thing about the meaning of either the text or the music.
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Concert review: Radvanovsky and Noseda behind a cathartic night with Toronto Symphony

By John Terauds on April 11, 2012

The opera singer chose to make her long-overdue Toronto Symphony début with two signature arias that highlighted her powerful, dramatic voice, and even more potent ability to imbue every note and every phrase with meaning and purpose: “Mercè, dilette amiche” (Thank you, dear friends) from I vespri siciliani, by Giuseppe Verdi; and the “Letter Scene,” from Peter Ilytch Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
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Review: Spirit of shared pleasure marks Aldeburgh Connection anniversary gala

By John Terauds on February 19, 2012

On stage were 16 fantastic singers, sensitively accompanied by Aldeburgh’s founding co-artistic directors, Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata. There were two hosts introducing a masterfully arranged programme that seamlessly integrated words and music as it moved from theme to theme.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Lang Lang: New York Rhapsody (Sony Classical)

By Norman Lebrecht on September 23, 2016

How New York is this album? About one star’s worth, says Norman Lebrecht.
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