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SCRUTINY | Warsaw Silver Winner Charles Richard-Hamelin Is In Sterling Form

By Arthur Kaptainis on May 5, 2017

Toronto audience marvels at Charles Richard-Hamelin's classy playing from beginning to end.
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SCRUTINY | Louis Riel Holds Its Own

By Arthur Kaptainis on April 24, 2017

While some observers have looked warily on this 50-year-old collaboration of two white guys, the perspective is favourable to the cause of human rights and critical of the establishment.
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SCRUTINY | Esprit Orchestra Gets Spring Fever At Season Closer

By Arthur Kaptainis on April 3, 2017

“Contemporary pops” is not a concept with much currency, but this is not a bad description of the program the conductor Alex Pauk put together to end the 2016-17 Esprit Orchestra season in Koerner Hall on Sunday night.
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SCRUTINY | A Distinctively Boston Berlioz In The Big Smoke

By Arthur Kaptainis on March 6, 2017

Boston Symphony Orchestra keeps the audience on tenterhooks with Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique at Roy Thomson Hall.
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SCRUTINY | NACO Is Welcome Anytime, But Easy On The Walton

By Arthur Kaptainis on February 26, 2017

A Walton heavy program meets some resistance at the annual visit by National Arts Centre Orchestra with classical guitar legend Pepe Romero.
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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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