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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 | Batsheva Dance Company Draws Out The Curious With Decadance 2017

By Melanie Zuzarte on January 15, 2017

Choreographer Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company invite Toronto to look through the human lens in "Decadance 2017".
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Yevgeny Sudbin: Medtner & Rachmaninov (Bis)

By Norman Lebrecht on February 16, 2016

Most concert pianists are like modern tennis players. They know that only two or three men and women are ever going to win the major tournaments, which leaves all the rest working harder each day in vain pursuit of an inhuman perfection and an inexhaustible hope.
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SCRUTINY | Warsaw Silver Winner Charles Richard-Hamelin Is In Sterling Form

By Arthur Kaptainis on May 5, 2017

Toronto audience marvels at Charles Richard-Hamelin's classy playing from beginning to end.
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SCRUTINY | The Man Who Married Himself An Emotionally Distant Take On Narcissism And Gender Identity

By John Terauds on March 11, 2017

The Man Who Married Himself speaks to our times, from narcissistic male leadership to the fluidity of gender identity.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Arnold Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder (Chandos)

By Norman Lebrecht on October 7, 2016

Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder is a hulking work requiring a large chorus, six soloists, and a full orchestra. Is this new Chandos release up to the task? Norman Lebrecht listens.
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Daily album review 1: Amici Chamber Ensemble eloquently straddles the Bosphorous in Levant

By John Terauds on November 16, 2012

Most of the music on the latest album by Toronto’s Amici Chamber Ensemble is not well known. But thanks to brilliant, affecting performances, there isn’t a single piece among the 10 works represented that doesn’t deserve our attention.
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Album review: Pianist Jeremy Denk's remarkable, colourful Goldberg Variations

By John Terauds on October 1, 2013

J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, written for a two-manual harpsichord nearly three centuries ago, are musical and artistic ballbreakers on many levels that include Glenn Gould’s two iconic recordings which no one on earth has been able to ignore. The Goldbergs are incredibly addictive for the listener as much as the interpreter, which has prompted so many others to try recording them — each with utterly different results.
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Album review: Pianist May Phang an excuse to celebrate the real heroes of the musical world

By John Terauds on January 30, 2014

For most concert presenters and record label managers, familiarity breeds content, meaning that it sells. But in the wider world, there are musicians as well as listeners who welcome a nice stretch of the imagination every now and again.
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SCRUTINY | Opera Atelier Teases Excellence Out Of Mozart’s Youthful Lucio Silla

By John Terauds on April 8, 2016

Cast your doubts aside: Mozart’s Lucio Silla, as brought to life by Opera Atelier and Tafelmusik Baroque orchestra.
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