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Daily album review 33: Ebène Quartet's elegant take on two Fauré piano quintets

By John Terauds on December 19, 2012

What a sea change in music through that lifetime: Fauré was 4 when Chopin died and 63 when Arnold Schoenberg composed his atonal String Quartet No. 2 in 1908.
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SCRUTINY | A "Resurrection" For Small Orchestra? Believe It

By Arthur Kaptainis on August 8, 2016

Orchestre de la Francophonie make it clear that while less might not be more in Mahler’s Second Symphony, it can be enough.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Records Of The Year — The Ones We Missed

By Norman Lebrecht on December 21, 2018

Eight classical albums released in 2018 that were too good to pass unnoticed.
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Concert review: A brilliant 25th anniversary concert from Amici Chamber Ensemble and their powerful friends

By John Terauds on March 1, 2013

Two of the three core Amici members — clarinettist Joaquin Valdepeñas and cellist David Hetherington — are members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, so they know all about serious music. This sideline is about picking up some less mainstream fare with favourite colleagues.
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Concert review: Toronto Symphony makes fiery work of Manuel de Falla's opera La vida breve

By John Terauds on November 1, 2012

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra was on fire — as were its many guests, including a substantial contingent from the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Spanish conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
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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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SCRUTINY | Another Sunrise and Farewell Auschwitz Offers Dark Holocaust Humour That Makes An Impact

By Matthew Timmermans on February 15, 2018

The Electric Bond Ensemble and soprano Sara Schabas make a powerful first impression with the premiere of two original mini-operas on Holocaust.
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CD Reviews: Toronto Symphony delivers a bracing dose of symphonic Shostakovich

By John Terauds on June 19, 2012

There’s been a mini-boom of interest in the music of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich in these first dozen years of the 21st century, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has joined the recorded fray in the latest release on its in-house tsoLive label: a bracing, transparent reading of his Symphony No. 11, completed in 1957.
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CD Review: Bach and Schubert sing in pianist Simone Dinnerstein's Something Being Said

By John Terauds on February 26, 2012

I have to confess I was seduced by New Yorker Simone Dinnerstein from the first time I heard her recording of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations nearly five years ago. It hasn’t been unconditional love since, but a respect and appreciation for a musician who can bend everything she touches to suit her will.
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Concert review: Aldeburgh Connection says a golden goodbye with Benjamin Britten

By John Terauds on May 26, 2013

There was probably a misty eye or two during a programme devoted to Benjamin Britten, the composer responsible for Ralls and Ubukata meeting each other in Aldeburgh in the mid-1970s. But there were also many chuckles.
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