Monthly Archives: January 2014

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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