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Concert review: Conductor Douglas Boyd makes Toronto Symphony Orchestra sing

By John Terauds on October 17, 2012

It began with a crimson-hued romp through the Overture to Roman Carnival by Hector Berlioz and ended with a magnificently sculpted performance of an underappreciated epic, Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2.
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Concert review: Montreal's Ensemble Paramirabo liven Heliconian Hall with sounds of Toy Piano Composers

By Margaret Lam on March 24, 2013

The idea for Ensemble Paramirabo to take the works by Toy Piano Composers on tour after a February residency in Banff came from a conversation between Paramirabo artistic director Jeffrey Stonehouse and Toy Piano Composer Chris Thornborrow after the latter’s doctoral recital at the University of Toronto.
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SCRUTINY | Melody Is King In 2016 Westben Arts Festival Opener The Pencil Salesman

By Joseph So on June 27, 2016

The Pencil Salesman, albeit a bit of a work in progress, is a welcome addition to the Canadian canon of contemporary music drama.
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Concert review: Mixed pleasures from Eybler Quartet and baritone Brett Polegato

By John Terauds on January 18, 2014

The big draw on the programme was Eybler Quartet violist Patrick Jordan’s arrangement of the piano part from Robert Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Loves) for string quartet, double-bass and guitar.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Best And The Worst Classical Music Albums Of 2016 (Alternative Cuts)

By Norman Lebrecht on December 9, 2016

And the best classical music album of the year is...
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Concert review: New violinist Mark Fewer helps St Lawrence String Quartet chemistry bubble along

By John Terauds on January 9, 2014

Founding violinist Geoff Nutall and violist Lesley Robertson, with Fewer and cellist Chris Costanza vividly demonstrated in a meaty programme that the St Lawrence continues to be about intensely committed performances that are more than fine balance, heaps of technique and great communication.
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Album review: Violinist Rachel Barton Pine powers down in 25 intimate lullabies

By John Terauds on April 30, 2013

American violinist Rachel Barton Pine is a powerhouse, in the best possible sense. But her first taste of motherhood reminded her of the appeal of music as a pacifier, not just goosebump-raiser. She channelled that realisation into a wonderful album of 25 lullabies culled from the surprisingly vast repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries.
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SCRUTINY | Letters from Munich: La Juive

By Joseph So on July 11, 2016

Munich Opera offers a soul-searching "La Juive" with husband and wife team of Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kursak.
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SCRUTINY | Broadway Hit 'Dear Evan Hansen' Is A Class Act, From Start To Finish

By Paula Citron on March 29, 2019

Nominated for nine Tony Awards, winning six including Best Musical and Best Score, Toronto gets a turn with Dear Evan Hansen and won't be disappointed.
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SCRUTINY | Slava’s Snowshow A Metaphor For The Cold Wide World

By Paula Citron on December 9, 2018

Slava’s Snowshow returns to Toronto, and draws us into their world, at once childlike with wonder but tinged with anxiety.
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