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RECORD KEEPING | Paul Merkelo/Montreal Symphony Orchestra

By Paul E. Robinson on February 13, 2016

With his colleagues in the MSO, under the direction of Kent Nagano, Merkelo delivers near-definitive performances of three classics of the Twentieth Century trumpet repertoire, with rich and detailed sound quality provided by Analekta.
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LISZTS | Ten Composers Who Didn't Quit Their Day Jobs

By Michael Vincent on February 13, 2016

Did you know Vivaldi was a priest, and Holst was a high school teacher? Ten composers who didn't quit their day jobs.
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COFFEE BREAK | The Mysterious Tearjerker Behind Brahms' Lullaby (Video)

By Musical Toronto on February 12, 2016

The story behind "Brahms's Lullaby" is one of the great stories of classical music lore. This must see video tells it beautifully.
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BOOK REVIEW | Play Life More Beautifully: Conversations with Seymour

By Robin Roger on February 12, 2016

Over 245 pages, Seymour and Andrew explore debate, and banter about the a diverse and rich range of shared matters of urgent importance to them, including their personal histories, spiritual quests, notions of the divine, being learners and teachers and their feeling about creativity, solitude, relatedness to animals and more.
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THE SCOOP | Soundstreams And Massey Hall Announce Steve Reich Line-Up

By Michael Vincent on February 11, 2016

Soundstreams announces the artists who will be joining Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich on April 14, 2016, at Massey Hall.
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SCRUTINY | Ensemble Studio Artists Shine In The Marriage Of Figaro Preview

By Joseph So on February 11, 2016

In recent seasons, the format was changed to a single performance of one opera in the current season on the Four Seasons Centre mainstage, La clemenza di Tito, Cosi fan tutte and Il barbiere di Siviglia come immediately to mind. This season it’s The Marriage of Figaro.  Sadly, there won’t be an Ensemble performance in this format next season. So the Feb. 22 show is not to be missed. Based on the preview yesterday, it will be a terrific show.
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COFFEE BREAK | The Incredible Sound Of The Last Stradivarius Guitar

By Musical Toronto on February 10, 2016

To think that this guitar has been around for over 300 years, surviving countless hands, wars and even time itself.
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THE SCOOP | Conductor Jordan de Souza Named Head Of Music At Komische Oper Berlin

By Michael Vincent on February 10, 2016

Tapestry New Opera resident conductor Jordan de Souza has been appointed as Studienleiter (Head of Music) at Germany's Komische Oper Berlin (KOB), beginning August 1, 2016.
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SCRUTINY | Christopher Purves: The Art of Song

By Joseph So on February 10, 2016

Christopher Purves: The Art of Song. The British bass-baritone dazzles audiences in Handel and Mussorgsky.
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THE SCOOP | Warner Seeks Settlement In Historic Happy Birthday Copyright Dispute

By Michael Vincent on February 10, 2016

After raking in millions of dollars in royalty payments for the commercial use of the Happy Birthday Song – which a court ruled in September they don't own – Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. has offered to settle the case for approximately $14 million. The money is offered in compensation for licensing fees illegally charged since 1988 to the tune of $56 US million.
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COOL STUFF #12 | 120 Year Old Singing Bird Machine

By Musical Toronto on February 9, 2016

This one-of-a-kind mysterious copper mechanical birdsong mechanism was found in Paris, France. It is believed to be made by Blaise Bontems, a well-known maker of bird automata.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Bela Bartók: 44 Duos (Decca)

By Norman Lebrecht on February 9, 2016

It has been an age since I looked to my shelves for a work by a major composer and found that, after 40 years of building a library, I don’t have it. Nor, so far as I recall, have I ever heard it, either in concert or on radio (though a few recordings do exist)...
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