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SCRUTINY | The Young And The Restless Reign Over The TSO

By Arthur Kaptainis on February 16, 2017

Canadian piano sensation Jan Lisiecki and guest conductor Jakub Hrůšadraw draw poetry from Schumann’s ardent Piano Concerto at Roy Thomson Hall.
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THE SCOOP | TSO Thinking Canadian — And Big — In Oundjian's Final Season

By Arthur Kaptainis on January 25, 2017

Toronto Symphony Orchestra release details on Peter Oundjian's final season as Music Director with the TSO.
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SCRUTINY | TSO Drops A Quarter Into The Canadian JukeBox For Launch Of Canada Mosaic

By Arthur Kaptainis on January 22, 2017

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra launched Canada 150 celebrations this weekend with some former favourites from the classical Canadian top 40 at Roy Thomson Hall.
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RECORD KEEPING | Naxos Die Walküre May Rank As One Of The Best Ever

By Arthur Kaptainis on January 15, 2017

Naxos raises the bar with Wagner Die Walküre release featuring Petra Lang, Heidi Melton, Michelle DeYoung, Stuart Skelton, and Matthias Goerne.
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SCRUTINY | TSO Bring Gravitas To Magnificent Mozart With Two Young Canadian Prodigies

By Arthur Kaptainis on January 12, 2017

The TSO highlight Mozart's genius with a program featuring 14-year-old Canadian Leonid Nediak, and 20-year-old Canadian violinist Kerson Leong.
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SCRUTINY | The Met's Manon Lescaut Sounds Like A Masterpiece

By Arthur Kaptainis on December 1, 2016

What a disappointment. I travel all the way to New York to see a widely condemned updating of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, complete with a jumble of sets pointlessly evoking Nazi-occupied France — and I kind of like it.
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SCRUTINY | Long Yu, TSO Get To The Heart Of Shostakovich

By Arthur Kaptainis on November 28, 2016

Guest conductor Long Yu pulls an extraordinary Shostakovich from the Toronto Symphony.
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SCRUTINY | Van Zweden Comes On Strong In New York Philharmonic Appearance

By Arthur Kaptainis on November 18, 2016

First, the Berlin Philharmonic, and now the New York Philharmonic, Arthur Kaptainis (our man about town) gets no peace from blockbuster orchestras.
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SCRUTINY | Toronto Smolders After Two Days With The Berlin Philharmonic

By Arthur Kaptainis on November 17, 2016

There is nothing quite like the real thing, as Torontonians were made aware this week with the Berlin Philharmonic at Roy Thomson Hall.
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SCRUTINY | TSO Decades Concert Could Use Another Day

By Arthur Kaptainis on November 10, 2016

Whatever its box office appeal, the so-called Decades Project puts the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in the interesting position of needing to assemble works predominantly from one 10-year window of the 20th century.
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