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SCRUTINY | Laurie Anderson’s ‘The Art Of Falling’ Is A Beautiful Note Of Alarm

By Michael Vincent on January 19, 2020

Laurie Anderson's The Art Of Falling shows an artist coming to terms with love, loss, and the world in which we live.
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SCRUTINY | A Journey Reimagined: Philippe Sly And Le Chimera Project In Winterreise

By Joseph So on January 19, 2020

Canadian bass-baritone Philippe Sly and The Chimera Project brought their re-envisioned take on the Schubert classic to RCM’s 21C Festival last evening at Koerner Hall.
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SCRUTINY | Lucas Debargue Dazzles Sold-Out Audience In His Canadian Recital Debut

By Stephan Bonfield on January 18, 2020

French pianist Lucas Debargue thrilled the Koerner Hall audience with his unique interpretations and intriguing musical personality.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Vaughan Williams’ Pastoral Symphony Is More Relevant Now Than Ever

By Norman Lebrecht on January 17, 2020

With Australia in flames, Italian cities choked by smog and parts of Canada enjoying an unseasonal thaw, I’m listening to Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Pastoral Symphony, a lament for pre-1914 rhythms of life.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Riccardo Muti Clearly Gets Shostakovich’s Babi Yar

By Norman Lebrecht on January 10, 2020

Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony are totally convincing in this recording of Shostakovich: 13th Symphony ‘Babi Yar’.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | New Year Listening With Poulenc And Koechlin

By Norman Lebrecht on January 3, 2020

No happier way to start a year than Francis Poulenc, few grimmer than Charles Koechlin; Poulenc captivates, but tepid Koechlin is the sort of thing the BBC used to play to fill time up to the news.
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SCRUTINY | Bravissimo And Salute To Vienna The Perfect Musical Doubleheader For The Change Of Decade

By Joseph So on January 2, 2020

Crowd pleasing programs and stellar talent mark Toronto’s beloved year end/New Year classical music extravaganzas, Bravissimo and Salute to Vienna.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Bedbug: Young Shostakovich Lets Rip With Irreverence And Invention

By Norman Lebrecht on December 20, 2019

Music by the young Dmitri Shostakovich, a dazzling talent strutting his stuff in the first decade of a revolution when all seemed possible and available — jobs for all, free meals at work, free love.
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SCRUTINY | Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Mozartian Messiah Is A Unique Experience

By Joseph So on December 19, 2019

The TSO’s Mozartian version of Handel’s classic Messiah is enjoyable, bolstered by top-class Canadian soloists, and the always impressive Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
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SCRUTINY | Tafelmusik Brings A Deeply Reflective Messiah

By Michael Vincent on December 18, 2019

For those who appreciate a more reflective approach to Handel's Messiah, Tafelmusik is your band this year.
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