Daily album review 4: Spectacular Handel Orlando includes a Canadian dream cast
The joys start with a Canadian dream cast that includes soprano Karina Gauvin (Angelica), mezzo Allyson McHardy (Medoro) and bass Nathan Berg (Zoroastro).
Album review: London Symphony and Sir Colin Davis's slow wash through Berlioz Requiem
There are many challenges to recording a large-scale work with chorus and orchestra in a vast, domed building like St Paul’s Cathedral in London. So, predictably, the sound is distant and echoey, with edges as blurred as on a watercolour painting in this new release on the LSO Live label.
Daily album review 9: A boisterous Haydn Lord Nelson Mass from Boston Baroque
Not as popular as The Creation, Joseph Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass — real title: Missa in angustiis (Mass of a Time of Anxiety) is no less thrilling, especially when presented with the verve of Boston Baroque under artistic director Martin Pearlman.
RECORD KEEPING | Lisa Batiashvili And Daniel Barenboim A Deadly Combination In New DG Release
Deutsche Grammophon releases near-definitive recordings of the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius violin concertos, with Lisa Batiashvili as soloist.
Concert review: Toronto Summer Music Festival starts on magical note with Trio Pennetier Pasquier Pidoux at Koerner Hall
The three esteemed French visitors — pianist Jean-Claude Pennetier, violinist Régis Pasquier and cellist Roland Pidoux — were opening the eighth annual Toronto Summer Music Festival, a celebration of chamber music and art song involving top professionals and talented, advanced students that runs to Aug. 3.
BOOK REVIEW | Four Last Songs: The Composer End Game
By Robin Roger on November 20, 2015
Four Last Songs: Aging and Creativity in Verdi, Strauss, Messiaen, and Britten; By Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon; University of Chicago Press.
Album review: Impeccably wrought Mahler from Kent Nagano, Montreal Symphony and Christian Gerhaher
The programme on this album — three cycles: Lieder eines Fahrenden gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the death of Children) and Rückert Lieder — covers a bit more than a quarter of Mahler’s art songs.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Ustvolskaya, Silvestrov, Kancheli: Piano and orchestra (Grand Piano)
★★★★ (out of five) The three composers tackle the late Soviet system from different angles.
Luminato review: Atom Egoyan serves up multi-disciplinary triumph with Feng Yi Ting
The wonderful, engrossing, 45-minute show is an ensemble effort on the part of some very fine musicians as well as theatre artists. It would take three quarters of an hour alone to describe the many layers of detail that work together to produce a psychologically as well as musically rich tapestry.
SCRUTINY | Whose Opera Is It Anyway Tickles The Funny Bone
Loose Tea Music Theatre plays it by ear in this improvised comic opera, where audience approval is measured in laughs.