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COOL STUFF #4 | A Pocket Sized Black Moleskine Music Notebook

By Musical Toronto on March 4, 2015

Since the late 19th-century Moleskine have been a favourite of artists like Oscar Wilde, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Henri Matisse. They are always are very high quality, and printed on acid-free paper. They now have a special Moleskine for musicians, perfect for jotting down harmonies, melodies and musical ideas...
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CRITIC’S PICKS | Ten Musical Outings You Absolutely Must Do This Week

By Michael Vincent on March 4, 2015

Musical Toronto’s weekly Critic’s Picks are a fully curated list of some of the best concerts happening now through the end of the week. Of course this is not to say we are the provocateurs of taste, but simply seek to provide a good weekly summary. For a look at the full breadth of what’s available in and around Toronto, check out the comprehensive concert listings from our friends at Wholenote Magazine...
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CONCERT REVIEW | Marc-André Hamelin Turns the Keys into Silk at Koerner Hall

By Robin Roger on March 2, 2015

Marc-André Hamelin’s piano program for his afternoon concert at Koerner Hall on March 1 began with a piece by the highly seminal but under performed composer, John Fields, without whom we would not have the nocturne...
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CD REVIEW | Gerhaher Shines in Neglected Schumann

By Paul E. Robinson on March 2, 2015

German baritone Christian Gerhaher recently performed in Toronto and those who heard him won’t have to be told what a fine artist he is. This new recording provides even more evidence, as if it were needed, of the beauty of his voice and the keen intelligence with which he uses it. This is somewhat esoteric repertoire, but the collaboration between Gerhaher and conductor Daniel Harding is consistently compelling...
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OPERA REVIEW | David Lang's Tiny and Fragile Whisper Opera

By Michael Vincent on February 27, 2015

The visual art world has been exploring the role of the Internet in our lives for over a decade but, in music, the concept has been slower to catch on...
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CONCERT REVIEW | Christian Gerhaher Warms Up a Blustery Winterreise

By Colin Eatock on February 27, 2015

Once in a blue moon, I hear a song recital that makes me question the purpose of all other forms and genres of music...
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COFFEE BREAK | Pen Beats

By Michael Vincent on February 27, 2015

It’s amazing what you can do with just two pens, a ruler, and a little bit of musical imagination.
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ULTIMATE MAVERICK | Interview with Composer Andrew Norman: Video

By Musical Toronto on February 26, 2015

Being a composer in the 21st century is no easy task, and despite composing a work declared by some to be, "the best orchestral work that the 21st century has seen thus far", we learn that a composers process is often rife with internal struggles...
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COFFEE BREAK | Sh*t Classical Musicians Say

By Michael Vincent on February 25, 2015

If you are a classical musician, or know one, you will have heard of few of these doozies...
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CRITIC’S PICKS | Ten Musical Outings You Absolutely Must Do This Week

By Michael Vincent on February 25, 2015

Musical Toronto’s weekly Critic’s Picks are a fully curated list of some of the best concerts happening now through the end of the week. Of course this is not to say we are the provocateurs of taste, but simply seek to provide a good weekly summary. For a look at the full breadth of what’s available in and around Toronto, check out the comprehensive concert listings from our friends at Wholenote Magazine...
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CLASSICAL LEXICON | Scherzo

By Musical Toronto on February 25, 2015

Scherzo | Noun | ˈskeət.səʊ | (plural scherzos or scherzi) | a fast-moving humorous composition that originated from the early 17th century in various musical forms, but made famous by Beethoven as an alternative to the minuet in symphonies, sonatas and other instrumental forms...
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Q&A | 6 Questions for Alexander Shelley

By Lev Bratishenko on February 23, 2015

Interview with Alexander Shelley, announced as NAC Orchestra Music Designate in October 2013.
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