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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Murray Perahia Creates A Joyous Self-reinvention

By Norman Lebrecht on October 14, 2016

Like Horowitz before him, Murray Perahia has found a fine and final home with Deutsche Grammophon.
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CONCERT REVIEW | KahaneSwensenBrey Trio Struggle During Toronto Performance

By Robin Roger on March 9, 2015

The onset of daylight savings time is usually a bit disorienting but it has been particularly peculiar since 2007, when it was moved to the second Sunday in March . In Toronto this means a misfit between late afternoon and early evening light that evokes a sense of summer (or used to) occurring when the weather remains frigid. One might call this climactic dissonance...
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Keyboard Thursday album review: Jon Kimura Parker's remarkable Stravinsky transcriptions reframe the relevance of a bygone art

By John Terauds on April 25, 2013

Great artists have obsessive personalities, and pianist Jon Kimura Parker is no exception. His weakness? The angular, visceral ballet scores of Igor Stravinsky. And what better time than the spring The Rite of Spring turns 100 to show off Parker’s (literal) handiwork in impersonating a symphony orchestra.
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CMIM 2018 | Day Three: Lucky Dozen Moves On To CMIM Arias Semifinals

By Joseph So on June 1, 2018

After burning the midnight oil at CMIM 2018 last evening, Ludwig Van weighs in on the jury panel’s 12 choices to move on to the semifinals.
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Feeling Apocalyptic? Art of Time Ensemble's War of the Worlds is here to oblige

By John Terauds on October 29, 2012

Seán Cullen replaces Don McKellar from the original cast but otherwise the show should be much as it was in March, 2011, when I reviewed its premiere.
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SCRUTINY | Two COC Ensemble Artists Bid A Fond Farewell

By Joseph So on May 11, 2016

Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Artists Aviva Fortunata (soprano) and Iain MacNeil (bass-baritone) make a memorable farewell at COC Vocal Series.
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Keyboard Thursday album review: The many charms of Honens Winner Pavel Kolesnikov

By John Terauds on April 11, 2013

Kolesnikov has poise and polish, but there’s a lyricism to his playing that makes it stand out from the exceptionally high baseline of the average 21st century would-be professional pianist.
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Concert review: Euphonia finds right mix and balance at Lula Lounge concert series

By John Terauds on August 12, 2013

The 14 musicians and their conductor filled the club with the sounds of the classical era as they offered up a late-18th century programme featuring the music of Giovanni Paisiello, Antonio Salieri, Mozart and Joseph Haydn.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | "How Will I Ever Find ‘Impromptu’ Again"?

By Norman Lebrecht on May 12, 2017

"A fabulous pianist, incapable of touching an ugly note, Wosner interleaves miniatures of Schubert with matching — at times, surprising — snips by Dvorak, Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, Gershwin and Charles Ives," say Norman Lebrecht.
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Album review: The MP3 shuffle and serendipity align Nick Storring and George Frideric Handel

By John Terauds on January 21, 2014

Yesterday, I was on the fifth or sixth listen of Bespoken plays Nick Storring & Daniel Brandes, released a couple of months ago by Halifax label Divorce records, when my careless setup caused iTunes to insert the Allemande from a Handel keyboard suite into the mix.
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