Author Archives: Stanley Fefferman

Five Stars for Soundstreams Four Seasons Reviewed by Stanley Fefferman

The first and brightest star is for Montreal composer Paul Frehner who makes amazing music out of imagining extremes of weather. In 2004 Frehner was inspired by reports of the Indian Ocean tsumani: a couple of years later, he produced … Continue reading

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John Scofield Uberjam Band: Mainstage.  Thu Jun 26 8:00pm  

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Melodies of Marco Polo Dance into Your Body: A CD review by Stanley Fefferman

The Musical Voyages of Marco Polo. Kyriakos Kalaitzidis: Harmonia Mundi/ World Village. Release: 2014-03-11 The title tells you about the historical Silk Route journey concept of this project, so let me tell you how it sounds. The music of composer Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, based … Continue reading

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Catherine Russell’s CD BRING IT BACK is Aged and Mellow

What do you do when the thrill is gone? Bring it Back. What Katherine Russell brings back on her fifth album is the thrill of  ‘Swing’. Behind her direct and warm stylings you get into hearing echoes of Roy Eldridge’s … Continue reading

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Pieczonka Proves the Power of Forgiving in The Canadian Opera Company’s A Masked Ball

February 5, 2014. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto. Verdi’s A Masked Ball is a blend of splendid elements. It has romance: Riccardo, the Governor of Boston and Amelia are in the toils of an irresistible attraction.  It … Continue reading

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Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov Play Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Passion Tempered by Gentleness

January 24, 2013. Koerner Hall, Toronto. When Tolstoy listened to Beethoven’s “Kreutzer Sonata,”  he imagined a crime of passion. Tolstoy wrote a story about a performance of this violin sonata that drives a husband  to kill his wife  after hearing … Continue reading

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Atom Egoyan hits Trifecta with Cosi Fan Tutte in Toronto reviewed by Stanley Fefferman

  January 18, 2014. Four Season’s Centre, Toronto. Cosi Fan Tutte is Mozart putting it all on the line. He gambles on the unattractive premise of Lorenzo Da Ponte’s book: that women are all the same: treacherous—not one can be … Continue reading

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Ignat Solzhenitsyn Lights Up Toronto’s 10th Mozart Festival

  January 11, 2014. Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto. He conducts the orchestra as if he were playing the piano; his playing is a dance, and beyond that when he speaks, Ignat Solzhenitsyn reveals the writer in his blood. Because of the … Continue reading

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