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SCRUTINY | Toronto Summer Music: Appl & Rieger Recital One For the Ages

By Joseph So on July 13, 2022

Monday evening’s Liederabend by German baritone Benjamin Appl and pianist Wolfram Rieger will stay in the memory bank for a very long time.
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SCRUTINY | Pianist Nicolas Namoradze Stages Second-Half Toronto Summer Music Comeback

By Arthur Kaptainis on July 9, 2022

The Georgian-born pianist Nicolas Namoradze performed a good night on balance, despite stuffy air quality in Walter Hall at Toronto Summer Music.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Nico Muhly’s ‘Stranger’ Creates A Fusion Entirely His Own

By Norman Lebrecht on July 8, 2022

Nico Muhly offers quiet empathy more than overwhelming emotion on this release, which may be just right for this interim moment.
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SCRUTINY | Stratford’s Fresh Take On ‘Hamlet’ Will Get You To See It Anew

By Paula Citron on July 4, 2022

Polish director Peter Pasyk has given Stratford a modernist production that is articulated, thoughtful, and perhaps, most importantly, fresh.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Magnificent, Committed Performance Draws Out The Spirit Of Messiaen’s Score

By Norman Lebrecht on July 1, 2022

This is a more convincing and optimistic account of Messiaen's quartet than you will hear on record from many more famous soloists.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Nash Ensemble Prove Ferdinand Ries Is More Than A Forgettable Curiosity

By Norman Lebrecht on June 24, 2022

Overshadowed by his contemporary, Beethoven, Ferdinand Ries was not a major composer, perhaps, but certainly more than a forgettable curiosity.
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SCRUTINY | Cahoots Theatre ‘Three Ordinary Men’ Offers Strong Performances, Brilliant Design

By Paula Citron on June 23, 2022

Civil rights drama 'Three Ordinary Men' is another production to add to Cahoots Theatre's distinguished repertoire.
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SCRUTINY | Soulpepper ‘Where The Blood Mixes’ Powerful, Moving Theatre

By Paula Citron on June 21, 2022

Kevin Loring’s 'Where the Blood Mixes' is not a new play, but it is an important one.
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SCRUTINY | All-Star Canadian Cast, Spectacular Stagecraft In A New Harry Potter Story

By Paula Citron on June 21, 2022

Marvellous technical wizardry, a stellar all-Canadian cast, and an interesting new story make 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' a hit.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Have Ralph Vaughan Williams, Will Travel

By Norman Lebrecht on June 17, 2022

Oenologists tell me there is no obvious reason why some fine wines travel, and others don’t. It’s the same with symphonic composers.
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