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LINES OF ENQUIRY | A Cathedral for Cathodes: J'Acousmatic Vol. 2 Lights Up Ottawa's Electroacoustic Scene

By Curtis Perry on September 25, 2014

Jeff Morton greeted the supportive and sizeable crowd on the evening of Saturday September 13th at the University of Ottawa’s Freiman Hall in an appropriately mixed combination of grey blazer with dirty red sneakers. “There’s a lot to be seen on this stage, but there’s a lot of mystery too,” he enthused, before promptly giving way to the music.

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FITS & BURSTS | Toy Piano Composers Open a Quirky Pandora’s Box

By Michael Vincent on September 23, 2014

The turnout was good, and even the Music Gallery’s exceedingly uncomfortable pews didn’t detour a wholehearted gathering.

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CD Review | Wagner: Die Walküre

By Paul E. Robinson on September 23, 2014

Wagner: Die Walküre
Anita Välkki/Hans Hotter/Jon Vickers/Rita Gorr/Claire Watson
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Georg Solti
Live performance October 2, 1961

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THE MORNING AFTER | Hello, Isabel

By Lev Bratishenko on September 22, 2014

All this matters because I really could not have discovered Kingston’s new concert hall, or the Afiara quartet, in a fouler or less generous mood. Despite this spectacular prejudice, the building and their performance completely charmed me. I don’t know Kingston and I can’t say if they need the hall—The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, it is much more than a hall, it is a statement about the arts at Queens University—but I am sure that Canada does. It’s Snøhetta’s first project here, and the Norwegian firm famous for the Oslo Opera have worked with Ottawa-based N45 Architects to produce a serene and unpretentious building; let it be an example to others.

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CD reviews: The Hindemith 50th Anniversary

By Paul E. Robinson on August 28, 2014

Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by C.M. von Weber/Violin Concerto/Concert Music for Strings and Brass Op. 50

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CD review: Oundjian and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra make their debut on Chandos

By Paul E. Robinson on August 22, 2014

Chandos CHSA 5145 (45:20)

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CD review: Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5/Piano Concerto No. 3

By Paul E. Robinson on August 17, 2014

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5/Piano Concerto No. 3
Denis Matsuev, piano
Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev
 
Mariinsky Label SACD MARO549 (70:38)

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MIMC Spanish Fiesta serves up sweet musical desserts

By Michael Vincent on August 17, 2014

The annual summer Montreal International Music Competition dinner-concert has become a genuine summer hot spot for Quebec’s classical music community.

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CD review: Stokowski: A Renaissance and Baroque Concert

By Paul E. Robinson on August 14, 2014

Music by Bach, Vivaldi, Cesti, Lully, Frescobaldi, Palestrina and Gabrieli arranged and conducted by Leopold Stokowski with his Symphony Orchestra
Original recordings made by RCA Victor in 1950 and 1952 and restored by producer and audio restoration engineer Mark Obert-Thorn
Pristine Audio PASC 391 (75: 40)

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Emerson clears the air at Toronto Summer Music Festival opener

By Michael Vincent on July 24, 2014

 

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THE CLASSICAL TRAVELER | Riccardo Muti’s Magical Mahler

By Paul E. Robinson on July 19, 2014

Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major D. 485 (1816)
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major
Chicago Symphony/Riccardo Muti
Orchestra Hall, Chicago Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Alice Through the Looking-Glass

By Paul E. Robinson on July 18, 2014

Story by Lewis Carroll
Adaptation for the stage by James Reaney

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