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Daily album review 1: Richard Danielpour's evocative, approachable new music

By John Terauds on November 2, 2013

Faced with the fall deluge of new releases, it’s time to bring back the daily album review from now until mid-December:
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SCRUTINY | A Rewarding Song Journey Opens Mazzoleni Songmasters Season

By Joseph So on November 14, 2018

The duo recital opening the Mazzoleni Songmasters with Canadians‚ soprano Joyce El-Khoury and mezzo Beste Kalender, highlights Turkish and Lebanese songs.
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Album review: Jean-Baptiste Robin brings out the full glory of the American symphonic pipe organ

By John Terauds on January 28, 2014

When the Ohio city’s exuberant Art Deco train station was handed a new life by preservationists as the Cincinnati Museum Center, the building also received a massive, new pipe organ, cobbled together from two instruments built in the 1920s by E.M. Skinner, the United States’ equivalent of Canada’s top builder, Casavant Frères.
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REVIEW | Toronto Symphony Orchestra resurrects Elgar’s the Dream of Gerontius

By Michael Vincent on November 3, 2014

Arguably Eglar’s strongest work, the Dreams of Gerontius is a kind of sacred cantata-oratorio conjured up from the depths of pre-world War I turmoil. It is an important creative triumph for Elgar, and proved he could write religious music on par with the greats, such as Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven and Verdi.The piece is rarely heard outside of Europe, and seeing it on the Toronto Symphony Orchestra season’s line-up against the usual pork and beans repertoire is pleasant surprise for those of us who would like to hear more than his Pomp and Circumstance Marches or Enigma Variations.
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Today: Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi makes semi-finals at Montreal International Musical Competition

By John Terauds on May 10, 2013

The 24-year-old Chooi has spent the last few years polishing his craft at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and now at the Juilliard School. He has already begun a concert career, interspersed with competition entries.
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SCRUTINY | Quirky COC Marriage Of Figaro Highlights The Eternal Struggle Of Desire Vs. Reason

By Joseph So on February 6, 2016

COC's Marriage of Figaro an interesting twist to this beloved Mozart and an unusual evening at the opera.
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SCRUTINY | Snow Storm Hinders An Otherwise Rocky Tafelmusik Messiah

By Brian Chang on December 17, 2016

Even a snow storm couldn't stop Handel's Messiah performed with Tafelmusik's elite brand of authentic musicianship.
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Daily album review 24: Violinist Hilary Hahn's 27 encores a tribute to magnetic diversity

By John Terauds on November 28, 2013

This is so because this album is magnetic — in Hahn’s playing as well as in the diversity of excellent pieces written for her.
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SCRUTINY | Choral Splendor Marks TMC’s The Creation at Koerner Hall

By Joseph So on April 29, 2016

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir celebrates spring with Haydn's The Creation at Koerner Hall.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | La Capella Ducale's St John’s Passion Doesn't Get Liftoff

By Norman Lebrecht on July 6, 2018

Did you know Handel wrote a St John’s Passion? Me, neither, and I’m still not convinced.
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