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Musical Toronto: RECORD KEEPING | Danse Macabre marks a golden age for the OSM

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The Orchestre symphonique de Montreal's (OSM) Decca recordings enjoyed great acclaim during Charles Dutoit's tenure (1977-2002) as conductor; perhaps it can recapture its former glory under current conductor, Kent Nagano, who took over the podium in 2006. This is the OSM's second release with Decca under this new contract. The first, the rarely-heard Ibert-Honegger opera L'Aiglon, was well-received and this new CD, comprised of pieces celebrating Halloween - some very familiar warhorses as well as some novelties such as Balakirev's Tamara and Charles Ives' brief Hallowe'en - is first-rate in nearly every respect.

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