Author Archives: Stanley Fefferman

Ellen Doty is good as GOLD: a CD review by Stanley Fefferman

Ellen Doty sings like a whispering canary, in the hushed, intimate manner of Peggy Lee, if you go back that far, or the ethereal Margo Timmins of the 80’s band Cowboy Junkies. Ms.Doty is an original jazz vocalist and she … Continue reading

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Bravos for The Ukrainian Art Song Project: Galicians I reviewed by Stasia Marunchak

November 2, 2014. Koerner Hall, Toronto. Thanks to bass-baritone Pavlo Hunka, a Toronto audience had the opportunity of hearing the first public performance of a unique collection of Ukrainian Art Songs.  In the Ukrainian tradition, we are used to hearing … Continue reading

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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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