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SCRUTINY | Toronto Dance Theatre’s House Mix Is A Tour De Force

By Paula Citron on February 12, 2020

In summary, House Mix is a monumental tour de force of dance, TDT’s final presentation at the Fleck Dance Theatre under the artistic directorship of Christopher House who is stepping down in August.
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SCRUTINY | Remount Of Kushner’s ‘Caroline, Or Change’ Is An Electrifying Hit

By Paula Citron on February 9, 2020

In truth, there isn’t a weak link on stage for Obsidian Theatre and Musical Stage Company's remount of Kushner's 'Caroline, or Change'.
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SCRUTINY: NACO And Joshua Bell Offer Luscious Interpretations Of Morlock, Mendelssohn And Boulanger

By Stephan Bonfield on February 7, 2020

The National Arts Orchestra of Canada (NACO) and Joshua Bell served up stunning work with Morlock, Mendelssohn and Boulanger - so good they made up for a misstep with Debussy.
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SCRUTINY | The COC’s Hansel And Gretel Is An Urban Retelling Of An Iconic Fairy Tale

By Joseph So on February 7, 2020

All in all, the COC's production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is a feel-good show ideal for the dreary Toronto winter.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Missing Voice In Modern Polish Music Is Female

By Norman Lebrecht on February 7, 2020

Every work of Grazyna Bacewicz informs us that her life was hard and her freedoms limited. But once the conversation starts, you really don’t want it to end.
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SCRUTINY | Peter Sellars' Take On 'Lagrime di San Pietro' A Moving Ode To A Life Lived In Regret

By Stephan Bonfield on February 2, 2020

Under the vision of legendary director Peter Sellars, Los Angeles Master Chorale sang Lasso's Lagrime di San Pietro to perfection.
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SCRUTINY | ‘The Lost Karaoke Tapes’ Takes You Down An Enjoyable Rabbit Hole Of 80s Pop Culture

By Hye Won Cecilia Lee on January 31, 2020

Nicole Lizée’s Karappo Okesutura Vol III: The Lost Karaoke Tapes is a striking mashup of live music and technology, full of emotion and whip smart humour.
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SCRUTINY | Toronto Symphony Orchestra Falls Back On Three Nationalist Favourites With Aziz Shokhakimov

By Stephan Bonfield on January 31, 2020

TSO guest conductor Aziz Shokhakimov and cellist Joseph Johnson wins the audience over with luscious, coherent harmony from Smetana, Dvorák, and Mendelssohn.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Deutsche Grammophon Should Rethink Language For Holocaust Memorial Release

By Norman Lebrecht on January 31, 2020

The appearance in Holocaust Memorial Week of an album of synagogue music on the Deutsche Grammophon label is a milestone of sorts, perhaps a first step towards a reckoning with the German company’s complicated past.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Luigi Cherubini And Beethoven's Shadow

By Norman Lebrecht on January 26, 2020

Cherubini's D major symphony has big gestures and a few half-tunes, but nothing nutritious for the audience mind that Beethoven was awakening.
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