Author Archives: Stanley Fefferman

Sweet Nutcracker Suites by Ellington/Strayhorn and Tchaikovsky: a CD review by Stanley Fefferman

THE NUTCRACKER SUITES:Harmony Ensemble/New York. Steven Richman. Harmonia Mundi. This is an album that asks the question—”Does the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn ‘Americanized’ version of The Nutcracker Suite give the original ‘European’ Tchaikovsky a run for its money?” I think it … Continue reading

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THE PHOENIX RISING: Tudor sacred music takes off with STILE ANTICO reviewed by Stanley Fefferman

Stile Antico: The Phoenix Rising (Harmonia Mundi) In a CD review I like to write about two things: what the music is and what it does for me. Let me begin by mixing both headings. Stile Antico is NOT music … Continue reading

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The Gryphon Trio at Music Toronto: A Night to Remember reviewed by Stanley Fefferman

December 6, 2013. Jane Mallett Theatre, Toronto. A great night to be with the Gryphon Trio. On the anniversary of their 20th year together, Jamie Parker, Annalee Patipatanakoon and Roman Borys were awarded the Canada Council’s $ 30,000 Walter Carsen … Continue reading

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Estonian Folk Hymns that Rock Like Olden Times reviewed by Stanley Fefferman

Heinavanker: Songs of Olden Times: Estonian Folk Hymns and Runic Songs. Harmonia Mundi 907488. If you have an ear for rhymes in a language you are fortunate not to understand so your mind is freed from the burden of meaning and you … Continue reading

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Brian Katz Solo Guitar Album leaves will speak

leaves will speak. Brian Katz, guitar. Lilah 0220. 69’20″ “The guitar is a quiet instrument,” said Andrés Segovia. When Brian Katz plays you hear that he is inward bound on a voyage of discovery as much for himself as for … Continue reading

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The Glamour and Glow of Miro Quartet’s Schubert at Music Toronto reviewed by Stanley Fefferman

November 21, 2013.  Jane Mallett Theatre, Toronto. The Miro Quartet played an all-Schubert program at Music Toronto last night to promote their newest recording for Longhorn Music, Schubert Interrupted. The program consisted of works Schubert wrote during transitional times in his … Continue reading

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Ramsey Lewis Quintet and Cecile McLoren Salvant honour Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughn reviewed by Stanley Fefferman

November 16, 2013. Koerner Hall, Toronto. Composer-pianist Ramsey Lewis is a jazz legend, but I came out hear Cecile McLorin Salvant sing. Lewis and the Quintet opened with the funky beat of his 1976 Earth, Wind and Fire hit, “Brazilica.” … Continue reading

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Margie Gillis Dance of Bodies THE LIGHT BETWEEN reviewed by Stanley Fefferman

November 13, 2013. Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. I am writing this in the pre-dawn darkness of the morning after witnessing The Light Between. Margie Gillis’ collaboration with Marc Daigle and Paola Styron gave me a good sleep lit … Continue reading

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