Monthly Archives: July 2012


It’s hot in Ontario.  But then again it’s hot everywhere nearby.  New York? Hot.  Quebec? Not precisely chilly.  You get the picture. Going for a drive in the countryside might seem like a strange thing to do on a hot … Continue reading

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Magic Helmet

This isn’t one of those stories constructed using “emotion recollected in tranquility” (to use Woodsworth’s charming phrase).  I am shaken by what I’ve seen, my hands still shaking a bit. It’s almost 7:15 as I type this in Word (and … Continue reading

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Numbers game

Is opera a numbers game?  It depends who you ask. Statistics can describe aspects of any art form.  For example: Guernica is 3.49 meters by 7.76 meters (more than 11 feet by over 25 feet) Syberberg’s film Our Hitler is over 7 hours … Continue reading

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Ten greatest

Limelight magazine supposedly polled “modern day masters” of the piano, to identify the ten greatest pianists of all time. Here’s their list of ten: 1. Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) 2. Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) 3. Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997) 4. Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982) … Continue reading

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If you were to ask a Canadian to name the best hockey film, they’d have a fairly short list to work with.  Where baseball has generated a fairly long list of films, some sentimental, some colourful, portraying various aspects of … Continue reading

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Goodyear—Beethoven I

To begin the voyage through Stewart Goodyear’s set on Marquis of the complete Piano Sonatas of Beethoven, I took two CDs, and listened to each one multiple times.  While I seem to be jumping in at either end (CD #1 … Continue reading

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Wakowski Bros

It’s July in Toronto, which means it’s time for the Fringe Festival, the grand-daddy of them all. Whether we’re talking about Summmerworks, Rhubarb, The Fringe, or one of the others (forgotten by my heat-addled brain) the premise is largely the … Continue reading

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