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SCRUTINY | RCM Kicks-Off A Surreal Online Beethoven 250 Festival With Adrianne Pieczonka And The COC Orchestra

By Paula Citron on December 6, 2020

A very strange thing happened when Maestro Johannes Debus began to conduct the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra in Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont which opened the RCM concert at Koerner Hall. Paula Citron explains.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | You Will Either Love Or Hate John Luther Adams’ ‘The Become Trilogy’

By Norman Lebrecht on December 4, 2020

Love it or hate it, the music of John Luther Adams is inspired by 'the subtle resonances of the northern soundscape’. 
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SCRUTINY | Syreeta Hector’s ‘Black Ballerina’ Is On Point

By Paula Citron on November 29, 2020

Many forces have gone into the making of Syreeta Hector, all of which play a part in her heart-felt solo Black Ballerina.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Why I’m Holding Back One Star For The Oslo Philharmonic

By Norman Lebrecht on November 27, 2020

The Oslo Phil play with passion and Petrenko conducts with fervour, tempered by restraint in this recording of Prokofiev and Miaskovsky symphonies.
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SCRUTINY | Factory Theatre’s Superb 'acts of faith' Delivers Live Theatre’s Energy

By Paula Citron on November 26, 2020

Imaginative writing and staging, and über-talented actor Natasha Mumba make 'acts of faith' a delightful livestream theatre experience.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Arvo Pärt’s Choral Devotions Occupy A Space All Their Own

By Norman Lebrecht on November 20, 2020

Alternately hypnotic and uplifting, this recent release spotlights Arvo Pärt's choral work.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Daniil Trifonov’s Silver Age Is A Must Hear

By Norman Lebrecht on November 13, 2020

With a nonchalant denial of difficulty and wondrously 21st century approach, Daniil Trifonov's new release is a must hear.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Look At Nadia Boulanger As Composer

By Norman Lebrecht on October 30, 2020

A new album pays tribute to influential teacher Nadia Boulanger, who counted Copland, Philip Glass and many other luminaries among her students.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Benjamin Britten For The Edge Of Your Seat

By Norman Lebrecht on October 23, 2020

Benjamin Britten’s often overlooked Sinfonia da Requiem gets a hypertense new recording by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Two New Classical Persuasions For Younger Folks

By Norman Lebrecht on October 16, 2020

New music from Eighth Blackbird and Navarra String Quartet offers classical persuasions for younger folks.
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