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SCRUTINY | Halls Brings TSO Messiah Brilliantly Into Focus

By Arthur Kaptainis on December 19, 2017

In the age of sexed-up and dumbed-down Messiahs, it is good to be reminded how utterly self-refreshing Handel’s masterpiece is when addressed by the right personnel under a conductor with something to say.
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SCRUTINY | TSO Move Mountains With Mahler Symphony Three

By Joseph So on September 29, 2016

Mahler's Third Symphony just might be Peter Oundjian's crowning achievement of the season.
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Daily album review 43: Paul McCreesh's arresting Britten War Requiem

By John Terauds on December 17, 2013

For many music lovers, few works better capture the tragic contradictions inherent in our stated desire for peace versus a propensity to kill each other than Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, commissioned to dedicate a new cathedral in Coventry in 1962 — an English industrial city whose factories, homes and Gothic cathedral had been levelled in the early years of World War II.
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CD Review: A satisfying loll in the languors of Franz Schubert's final compositions

By John Terauds on April 19, 2012

Volume 6 of German baritone Matthias Goerne’s remarkable repeat journey through the Lieder of Franz Schubert has arrived at the 14 songs assembled after the composer’s death in 1828, and named Schwanengesang (Swan Song).
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Album review: Cecilia Bartoli makes compelling case for a mezzo Norma

By John Terauds on July 16, 2013

The orchestration, the tempos and keys are all based on a new critical edition of the score, with careful consideration of everything known about the opera’s birth.
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SCRUTINY | Jaap Van Zweden Leaves The Dallas Symphony Orchestra With An Emotional Final Bow

By Paul E. Robinson on June 4, 2018

Jaap van Zweden is on his way to the Big Time, and while we are sure the Dallas musicians and audience members wish him well, a period of either stasis or re-building likely lies ahead.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Yevgeny Sudbin: Medtner & Rachmaninov (Bis)

By Norman Lebrecht on February 16, 2016

Most concert pianists are like modern tennis players. They know that only two or three men and women are ever going to win the major tournaments, which leaves all the rest working harder each day in vain pursuit of an inhuman perfection and an inexhaustible hope.
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SCRUTINY | Esprit Orchestra Break Down Barriers With La Création Du Monde

By Tyler Versluis on April 6, 2016

Esprit Orchestra branches out with the Elmer Iseler Singers in La Création Du Monde.
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CD Review: Toronto Symphony aces emotionally charged Ralph Vaughan Williams symphonies

By John Terauds on January 24, 2012

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s sixth release on its own tsoLive label is its best yet.
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THE VOICE | The Toronto Consort Take Light in the Darkness (Review)

By Neil Crory on May 25, 2015

The ever resourceful The Toronto Consort outdo themselves with an engaging production of the liturgical drama, The Play of Daniel. Neil Crory reviews.
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