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Daily album review 26: Violinist Tomas Cotik's passionately personalized view of Astor Piazzolla

By John Terauds on November 30, 2013

Now based in Miami, Argentinian-born violinist Tomas Cotik came to embrace the music of his birthplace reluctantly — as an adult. He wanted to be — and has become — a classical violinist. He completed his graduate work in Germany, in the very heart of the European art music tradition.
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FROM THE ROAD | Spoleto Festival's Porgy & Bess

By Paul E. Robinson on June 9, 2016

Musical Toronto visits Charleston, South Carolina for the 40th-anniversary of the Spoleto Festival, including their first-ever production of Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess.
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Onomatopoeia: The Thin Edge New Music Collective Sounds Off

By Open Submission on May 10, 2014

The programme featured a number of guest artists, including guest vocal ensemble GREX, guest conductor, Patrick Murray, and guest performers Jason Sharp and Kaie Kellough, whose extra presence managed to completely fill the well-attended Arrayspace venue on Thursday night.
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Concert review: James Ehnes boosts impressive Toronto Symphony Orchestra season opener

By John Terauds on September 20, 2012

The programme, which repeats on Saturday, is a strange match musically. But mixing a 19th century opera overture (from Giuseppe Verdi’s La forza del destino) with a warhorse solo showcase from the same period (Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto) and a late-20th century masterwork (Adams’ Harmonielehre, from 1985), ensured there was something to hear for nearly every taste.
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Two CD releases show off the art of composer Camille Saint-Saëns

By John Terauds on August 14, 2012

French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, who bridged the Romantic and Modern eras thanks to an 86-year lifespan, was treated as a relic of a bygone age by his obituarists and university lecturers.
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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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SCRUTINY | National Ballet's Streetcar Named Desire Stands the Test of Time

By Stephan Bonfield on June 8, 2017

Each of us has known trauma in our many relationships with others. But it takes a John Neumeier to show exactly what that looks like and the brilliance of the National Ballet to perform it.
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SCRUTINY | Love Spits Fire In COC’s Carmen

By Michael Vincent on April 13, 2016

COC presents Bizet's Carmen with Direction by Joel Ivany. "I might love you, and if I do, beware." — Those are the words of Carmen, played by mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, and she means it.
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Album reviews: The operatic passions of Karina Gauvin, Marie-Nicole Lemieux and William Christie

By John Terauds on October 23, 2012

The history of opera is an ongoing pendulum swing that began with the dramatic simplicity of the text at the start of the 17th century in Italy, and gradually became more vocally and instrumentally embellished, then was confronted with a back-to-basics movement in the mid-18th century.
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CD Review: A satisfying loll in the languors of Franz Schubert's final compositions

By John Terauds on April 19, 2012

Volume 6 of German baritone Matthias Goerne’s remarkable repeat journey through the Lieder of Franz Schubert has arrived at the 14 songs assembled after the composer’s death in 1828, and named Schwanengesang (Swan Song).
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