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RECORD KEEPING | Heath Quartet Get Tchaikovsky Just Right With New CD Release

By John Terauds on January 17, 2017

The Heath Quartet are quickly earning a reputation as one of Britain's finest string quartets. Their new Tchaikovsky release on the Harmonia Mundi label now confirms that reputation.
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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 | Batsheva Dance Company Draws Out The Curious With Decadance 2017

By Melanie Zuzarte on January 15, 2017

Choreographer Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company invite Toronto to look through the human lens in "Decadance 2017".
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Boris Giltburg's Shostakovich's Piano Concertos "Almost Faultless"

By Norman Lebrecht on January 13, 2017

Boris Giltburg joins the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in a new Naxos release that may make you rethink the standard approach to Shostakovich's Piano Concertos.
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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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RECORD KEEPING | Gustavo Dudamel Excels With The Vienna Philharmonic In An All-Russian Recording

By Paul E. Robinson on January 9, 2017

Celebrating 10 years with Deutsche Grammophon, Gustavo Dudamel leads the Vienna Philharmonic in an all-Russian album worth your attention.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Guglielmo Ratcliff A Real Delight On Record

By Norman Lebrecht on January 6, 2017

2015 Wexford Festival Opera production of the rarely performed Pietro Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff might be a long evening at the opera but on record, time moves quickly.
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BOOK REVIEW | Above Parr: Memoirs From A Canadian Child Prodigy

By Robin Roger on January 4, 2017

Above Parr: Memoir of a Child Prodigy, Toronto pianist Patricia Parr struggles to convey her emotionally deprived but materially privileged upbringing despite a certain vacancy of memory that is the legacy of her childhood.
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RECORD KEEPING | Lisa Batiashvili And Daniel Barenboim A Deadly Combination In New DG Release

By Paul E. Robinson on January 3, 2017

Deutsche Grammophon releases near-definitive recordings of the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius violin concertos, with Lisa Batiashvili as soloist.
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SCRUTINY | Salute To Vienna Rings In 2017 With Musical Bon Bons

By Joseph So on January 3, 2017

Salute To Vienna a felicitous mix of operettas, classical ballet, ballroom dancing, ubiquitous waltzes, all enhanced by a maestro chosen for the gift of the gab as well as being an expert in this light and frothy repertoire, says Joseph So.
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