SCRUTINY | A Distinctively Boston Berlioz In The Big Smoke
Boston Symphony Orchestra keeps the audience on tenterhooks with Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique at Roy Thomson Hall.
SCRUTINY | NACO Is Welcome Anytime, But Easy On The Walton
A Walton heavy program meets some resistance at the annual visit by National Arts Centre Orchestra with classical guitar legend Pepe Romero.
SCRUTINY | The Young And The Restless Reign Over The TSO
Canadian piano sensation Jan Lisiecki and guest conductor Jakub Hrůšadraw draw poetry from Schumann’s ardent Piano Concerto at Roy Thomson Hall.
THE SCOOP | TSO Thinking Canadian — And Big — In Oundjian's Final Season
Toronto Symphony Orchestra release details on Peter Oundjian's final season as Music Director with the TSO.
SCRUTINY | TSO Drops A Quarter Into The Canadian JukeBox For Launch Of Canada Mosaic
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra launched Canada 150 celebrations this weekend with some former favourites from the classical Canadian top 40 at Roy Thomson Hall.
RECORD KEEPING | Naxos Die Walküre May Rank As One Of The Best Ever
Naxos raises the bar with Wagner Die Walküre release featuring Petra Lang, Heidi Melton, Michelle DeYoung, Stuart Skelton, and Matthias Goerne.
SCRUTINY | TSO Bring Gravitas To Magnificent Mozart With Two Young Canadian Prodigies
The TSO highlight Mozart's genius with a program featuring 14-year-old Canadian Leonid Nediak, and 20-year-old Canadian violinist Kerson Leong.
SCRUTINY | The Met's Manon Lescaut Sounds Like A Masterpiece
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.
SCRUTINY | Long Yu, TSO Get To The Heart Of Shostakovich
Guest conductor Long Yu pulls an extraordinary Shostakovich from the Toronto Symphony.
SCRUTINY | Van Zweden Comes On Strong In New York Philharmonic Appearance
First, the Berlin Philharmonic, and now the New York Philharmonic, Arthur Kaptainis (our man about town) gets no peace from blockbuster orchestras.