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CD Reviews: Nash Ensemble and Angela Hewitt offer two different takes on Robert Schumann

By John Terauds on May 15, 2012

The Mayor of Ottawa has declared this to be Angela Hewitt Week, in honour of a native daughter who has become one of the world’s most respected pianists.
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Book review: Operatic disaster is a dish Lotfi Mansouri serves hilarious

By John Terauds on October 13, 2012

The 184-page paperback contains two-dozen full-length anecdotes that are pretty much guaranteed to cause laughter. These are supplemented by assorted shorter reminiscences of gaffes, misses and near-disasters.
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SCRUTINY | Talisker Players: Spirit Dreaming

By Robin Roger on March 3, 2016

Talisker Players combine poetic and mythical traditions for an innovative concert with modern vocal chamber music.
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Review: 21C Music Festival Faster Still Anaïs Nin - forbidden desire and one sinful red couch

By Tyler Versluis on May 23, 2014

The first performance of the evening was Greek-Canadian composer Christos Hatzis’s third string quartet, The Questioning. Most of Hatzis’ recent music grapples with postmodernism, multiculturalism and its often-tenuous relationship with Western classical music.  Hatzis’ string quartet, which opens with a recording of Greek Orthodox chant, blends elements of Eastern music and contemporary classical form and techniques. Extended techniques on the strings conjured images of both contemporary classical music and non-Western instruments; expressive portamento recalled the quarter-tone slides of Eastern vocal techniques, as well as late Romantic string quartet music. The overarching form of the quartet’s three movements, though cast as a cyclical spiritual journey, ultimately recalled the traditional Western musical narrative of exposition, development and tension, and eventual resolution. Despite the extra-musical narratives of spiritual struggle, the strongest characteristics ultimately lay in the quartet’s traditional form, which produced an utmost musical clarity.
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LINES OF ENQUIRY | A Cathedral for Cathodes: J'Acousmatic Vol. 2 Lights Up Ottawa's Electroacoustic Scene

By Curtis Perry on September 25, 2014

Ottawa's electroacoustic music scene? After one discovers it exists, one realizes how vital and vibrant it is. Jeff Morton greeted the supportive and sizeable crowd on the evening of Saturday September 13th at the University of Ottawa's Freiman Hall in an appropriately mixed combination of grey blazer with dirty red sneakers. "There's a lot to be seen on this stage, but there's a lot of mystery too," he enthused, before promptly giving way to the music...
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Album review: A grandly expressive take on the St Matthew Passion from a student of J.S. Bach

By John Terauds on March 16, 2013

This particular setting of the St Matthew Passion doesn’t have a date attached to it, but it was written after Homilius (1714-1785) became a church music director in Dresden in 1755 and before Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach moved to Hamburg to take on a church music directorship in 1768.
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CD review: Is this the Schubert we should expect?

By John Terauds on June 19, 2014

Give the music too much punch and it starts to break up into ugly pieces. Don’t give it enough, and it sits limply by the wayside, like an overheated summer hiker.
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SCRUTINY: National Ballet’s Le Petit Prince Blooms Into Beautiful Sight, Sound And Movement At Its World Premiere

By John Terauds on June 6, 2016

Two hours of arresting dance with striking visuals and music to make National Ballet’s Le Petit Prince come alive.
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SCRUTINY | Toronto Symphony's Gould Tribute Almost Pure Gold

By Arthur Kaptainis on September 23, 2017

Pianist Jan Lisiecki and the TSO's re-enactment of the Brahms D minor Concerto superb, but it was Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll that won us over.
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RECORD KEEPING | Brahms' Heart And Soul With A Canadian Twist

By Paul E. Robinson on June 7, 2017

For many Canadian music-lovers, clarinettist James Campbell will be the main attraction on this new Naxos CD.
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