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Performer: Russell Braun

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TorontoMessiah

Handel: Messiah
Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Alexander Shelley; Jane Archibald; Emily D'Angelo; Isaiah Bell; Russell Braun

TorontoHänsel und GretelNew production

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Johannes Debus; Joel Ivany; Canadian Opera Company; S. Katy Tucker; Ming Wong; Emily Fons; Simone Osborne
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Impassioned Atlanta Mahler 8 strives to achieve balance

Robert Spano © Angela Morriss
Spano marshaled the vast forces with sensitive balance in many moments. But the difficulty of achieving a proper blend amidst the thick timbral texture prevented the performance from reaching transcendence.
***11
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Outstanding singing in COC’s Così fan tutte

Così fan tutte © Michael Cooper
Despite an abundance of incongruous symbols, this Toronto performance was remarkable for its outstanding singing.
****1
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Prom 72: A reflective War Requiem from the RSNO

Peter Oundjian © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Britten's profoundly pacifist work is given a calm reading by Peter Oundjian and the RSNO: soprano Erin Wall, the RSNO Junior Chorus and the wind players provide the high spots of the evening.
***11
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Hungarian tingle factor: Bartók and Eötvös

Simone Young © BBC | Mark Allan
In this concert, conducted by Simone Young, featuring works by Hungarians, Bartók and Eötvös,  the colour and virtuosity of both pieces was presented with an extra tingle factor.
****1
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Heroism, life and death at the Barbican

Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
Oramo and the BBCSO were dynamic in the UK première of Brett Dean's thought-provoking suite and provided a solid account of Richard Strauss' Ein Heldenleben.
***11
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