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Concert review: Chopin a real presence in Jan Lisiecki piano recital at Koerner Hall

By Margaret Lam on March 3, 2013

On Sunday afternoon in Koerner Hall as part of the Invesco Piano Concerts, Jan Lisiecki performed both the Op. 10 and Op. 25 Études by Frédéric Chopin, the romantic master of the piano, with great subtlety and charm. This was a concert to be savoured by those who love piano music from the romantic period in general, and Chopin’s works in particular.
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CD Review: Jonathan Swartz finds beguiling Bach voice with his violin

By John Terauds on March 27, 2012

JONATHAN SWARTZ
Suite Inspiration (Soundset Recordings)
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Album review: A fine sampler of music by hot young American composer Mohammed Fairouz

By John Terauds on May 28, 2013

Although he is only in his late-20s, American composer Mohammed Fairouz has already written prolifically for chamber and symphonic collaborators. He has even written an opera. Thanks to a recent release by Naxos, we can sample some of his chamber music through some fantastic interpretations.
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Contact festival finale: Patent Pending leaves us in satisfying shadows of doubt

By John Terauds on May 31, 2013

If you’re reading this early enough, there are two showing remaining tonight — at 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.
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RECORD KEEPING | It's All In The Oboes

By Paul E. Robinson on March 15, 2017

Albrecht Mayer offers a well-chosen selection of compositions near flawlessly executed by one of the foremost oboists of our time.
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CD Review | Cecilia Bartoli Sheds Light On Old Russia

By Paul E. Robinson on December 19, 2014

Just a few weeks ago, I was standing in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg admiring its vast holdings of mostly European art, pondering the vision of the great Eighteenth Century tsaritsas, especially Catherine the Great (1729-96) who made it all possible. Now comes this imaginative CD researched and performed by mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, celebrating the music from this period. I was primed and ready, you might say, to enjoy this new release and it didn’t disappoint me...
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FITS & BURSTS | Jan Lisiecki’s star shines brightly with TSO: review

By Michael Vincent on November 14, 2014

A symphony concert featuring Beethoven and Mozart is as regular as regular gets. But when you combine it with the young piano dynamo Jan Lisiecki, visiting Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard and clinch it with Carl Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony, you have something much more interesting.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Sarah Connolly's "Come To Me In My Dreams" A Lullaby Album For Grownups

By Ludwig Van on June 29, 2018

Dame Sarah Connolly's "Come to me in my Dreams" avoids the typical art song pitfalls, and delivers a confidential recital of songs from the vaults of the Royal College of Music.
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BOOK REVIEW | Play Life More Beautifully: Conversations with Seymour

By Robin Roger on February 12, 2016

Over 245 pages, Seymour and Andrew explore debate, and banter about the a diverse and rich range of shared matters of urgent importance to them, including their personal histories, spiritual quests, notions of the divine, being learners and teachers and their feeling about creativity, solitude, relatedness to animals and more.
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Concert review: Alisa Weilerstein soars above under-rehearsed Toronto Symphony Orchestra in season-opening performance

By John Terauds on September 18, 2013

The cellist delivered; the orchestra and music director Peter Oundjian less so.
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