Tag Archives: Gustav Mahler

I love dogs & The Post

Living through the daily assault upon one’s sensibility leads one to take protective measures.  Whatever does get you through the night? I vacillate between truth and escapism. Truth consists of various sorts of political content, whether on a news network … Continue reading

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mahler 10

I will put aside the question of the new Orchestre Métropolitain recording of Mahler’s 10th Symphony (Deryck Cooke version) for the moment, to talk about Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who conducts. Is Nézet-Séguin the most successful conductor Canada has ever produced? That … Continue reading

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Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony with the TSO

It’s been a long time between Mahler 2nds with the Toronto Symphony. I heard Andrew Davis lead them with Maureen Forrester in Massey Hall, one of several cherished memories from the old days on Shuter Street, aka the 1970s. Given … Continue reading

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Singing the Earth: The Old & The New

Today is a day of contrasts.  The morning paper brought more revelations about Toronto’s Mayor, while this afternoon’s social media story was the passing of Nelson Mandela.  While Mandela seems to embody the possibilities for heroic activism nothing suggests that  … Continue reading

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5 for All Saints

Halloween (or “all hallows even”, on October 31st) is the day preceding All Saint’s Day (November 1st).  Depending on your faith background, the two days are understood as inter-connected celebrations.  I am no expert. But this is the other half … Continue reading

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Gustav vs Alma

I’ve been listening to Julie Boulianne’s 2011 CD Mahler Lieder, in the aftermath of a week contemplating the works of Frida Kahlo at the AGO.  The show reminds us of the changing role for women in the creative world of … Continue reading

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Wyers subjectivities

I posted a piece about painter Brian Wyers November 29th, and knew I’d have more to say.  This is a continuation. I am again fascinated by a Wyers painting that’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen.  Perhaps painters or art-critics would … Continue reading

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