RECORD KEEPING | Brahms' Heart And Soul With A Canadian Twist
For many Canadian music-lovers, clarinettist James Campbell will be the main attraction on this new Naxos CD.
SCRUTINY | Rite of Spring Gives A One-Two Punch to the Gut
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.”...
CONCERT REVIEW: Toy Piano Composers and Cellophone are Pleasantly Gritty
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...
Concert review: Toronto Symphony makes Messiah magic at Roy Thomson Hall
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.
Keyboard Thursday album review: Garrick Ohlsson convincingly presents merits of composer Charles Griffes
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.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Two Delightful Voices At Play In Dual Release
There are many dichotomies at play on this dual release, as soprano and tenor navigate well-trodden and less unfamiliar opera arias.
The ghost of J. S. Bach plays nasty trick on Passion-inspired improvisers AAO and Nicole Lizée
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.
Concert review: A night of fine Russian chemistry from Toronto Symphony and Kirill Gerstein
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.
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).
Opera review: A clever blend of Baroque and modern in A Synonym for Love at the Gladstone Hotel
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.