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Concert review: Larkin Singers provide exceptionally eloquent survey of Benjamin Britten's choral music

By John Terauds on November 23, 2013

Their founder and leader, Matthew Larkin, guided the youthful women and men through a survey of the choral music of Benjamin Britten, in honour of the 100th anniversary of his birth, which fell on Friday.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | If You Don't Know The Name "Mieczyslaw Weinberg", You Should

By Norman Lebrecht on January 20, 2017

Today, thanks largely to proselytism by Gidon Kremer and his friends, Mieczyslaw Weinberg is no longer obscure but a musical giant, waiting to be discovered.
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THE MORNING AFTER | Is she a swine?

By Lev Bratishenko on November 17, 2014

It is a mystery why Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is performed so rarely. This wild opera was written in 1932 and it only premiered at the Met in 1994 with a production by Graham Vick that returned last Monday. The production remains silly, the opera magnificent.
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Album review: Spectacular Rossini arias from Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak

By John Terauds on April 17, 2013

There is even a bit of Polish content in the music — in an aria from Rossini’s Sigismondo, a reportedly unstageable affair from 1814 about the King of Poland.
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SCRUTINY | YOA Orchestra of the Americas Capture The Moment

By Michael Vincent on July 22, 2015

Toronto Summer Music Festival: YOA Orchestra of the Americas with Carlos Miguel Prieto (conductor) Ingrid Fliter (piano) and Orchestre de la Francophonie, Tuesday, Koerner Hall.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Composers In Dispair: Schoenberg And Shostakovich

By Norman Lebrecht on November 4, 2016

No musical household should be without these two works of genius. You never know when you will need one or other in an emergency.
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RECORD KEEPING | Ashkenazy A Split Musician In Recent Releases

By Paul E. Robinson on August 8, 2017

Two sides to Ashkenazy: how does he fare in his foray into Bach, put head-to-head with his latest Tchaikovsky collaboration with Esther Yoo?
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Daily album review 6: Nothing exceeds like Marc-André Hamelin's Busoni excess

By John Terauds on November 7, 2013

But there’s a lot more to this pianist-teacher-composer.
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SCRUTINY | Tafelmusik Delivers Musical Thrills With Baroque Diva Karina Gauvin

By John Terauds on March 24, 2017

Tafelmusik Orchestra’s “Baroque Diva” concert program at Koerner Hall a many layered thrill.
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Concert review: An impressive season start for Ontario Philharmonic with Shlomo Mintz

By John Terauds on November 6, 2012

Born as the Oshawa Philharmonic in 1957, the recently renamed Ontario Philharmonic has been building its ambitions since the start of the 21st century, first partnering with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in its hometown to become the principal musical tenant at the Regent Theatre. For each of the last two seasons, the Ontario Philharmonic has travelled to Toronto to present a single concert at Koerner Hall.
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