LEBRECHT LISTENS | Polish Violin Concertos (Naxos)
★★ (out of five) Piotr Plawner and the Kammersymphonie Berlin offer safe but anonymous interpretations of rarely heard Polish Violin Concertos.
Words of Wisdom: Craig Rutenberg Teaches a Masterclass At Toronto Summer Music
By Joseph So on July 15, 2016
Toronto Summer Music kicks-off with a masterclass by American pianist–vocal coach Craig Rutenberg.
FIVE MINUTES | With Toronto Composers: An Introduction
Five Minutes is a new weekly series that seeks to pry into Toronto’s best composers' creative practice.
THE SCOOP | Tenors Member Fired After Getting Political At MLB All-star Game
The Tenors issue apology for changing lyrics of O Canada at MLB all-star game.
SCRUTINY | Letters from Munich: La Juive
By Joseph So on July 11, 2016
Munich Opera offers a soul-searching "La Juive" with husband and wife team of Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kursak.
RECORD KEEPING | Leonard Bernstein: Larger Than Life (DVD)
Leonard Bernstein: Larger Than Life aims to capture the true Leonard Bernstein, but is only modestly successful.
LISZTS | Top 10 Composers From Toronto To Follow On Soundcloud
It's no secret Toronto is home to an incredible amount of music. But did you know Toronto has one of the highest concentrations of composers in Canada? Here are our picks for the top ten composers from Toronto that you should follow on SoundCloud.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Felix Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words, Books 5-8 (Bis)
★★★★ (out of five) Ronald Brautigam perfectly captures that make-do intent of Felix Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words.
THE SCOOP | Esprit Orchestra Announces 2016–17 Season With A Nod To R. Murray Schafer
Toronto-based Esprit Orchestra has announced its 2016-17 season full of new and returning Canadian repertoire.
SCRUTINY | Letters from Munich: La bohème
By Joseph So on July 5, 2016
Munich offers a bread and butter production of La bohème with soprano Sonya Yoncheva.
THE SCOOP | Powering On: R. Murray Schafer Works Through A Major Health Challenge
Composer R. Murray Schafer writes string quartet inspired by his personal struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
SCRUTINY | Letters from Munich: Lohengrin
By Joseph So on July 4, 2016
Bayerische Staatsoper's Lohengrin, an unalloyed delight.