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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Bach Prescription For Choosy, Stressed Out Ears

By Norman Lebrecht on May 18, 2018

Two new Bach releases by Thomas Bowes and Peter Hill offer prompt and gentle relief for Norman Lebrecht's week of frazzled nerves.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Federico Colli Goes Loud And Proud In New Scarlatti Release

By Norman Lebrecht on May 11, 2018

The fact that a pianist at the start of his career is prepared to defy the rule makers and play Scarlatti on a modern concert grand restores our faith in musical free-thinkers.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Arvo Pärt's The Symphonies Is Classical Music For Quiet Rebels

By Norman Lebrecht on May 4, 2018

All four of Arvo Pärt’s symphonies, newly recorded under the direction his tintinnabulation co-conspirator, Tõnu Kaljuste, are labours of love for a composer that continues to walk his own path.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Andris Nelsons' Latest Bruckner For An Orchestra That May Have Fallen Asleep

By Norman Lebrecht on April 27, 2018

The Gewandhaus can play this stuff in their sleep and sometimes it sounds as if that’s just what they are doing.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Finally, Music Suitable For A Blind Buy

By Norman Lebrecht on April 20, 2018

How many times have we told you not to buy a record for its cover? Well, this one justifies the purchase.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Road Test With Unfamiliar Berlioz

By Norman Lebrecht on April 13, 2018

Playing Berlioz, grand master of the art of orchestration, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and soloist Lawrence Power come through with maximum points in all departments.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Piano Duo The World Was Waiting For

By Norman Lebrecht on March 30, 2018

Music does not get more exciting in modern times than Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan on opposing pianos.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Nemtanu Sisters Give Us Another Reason To Get Into Martinu

By Norman Lebrecht on March 23, 2018

Sisters Deborah and Sarah Nemtanu, two French Romanians with geographic roots close to the composer, give us a reason why fall in love with Martinu all over again.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | An Hour Of Harp Music With String Quartet? Surprisingly Yes

By Norman Lebrecht on March 16, 2018

The frontline intensity and no holds barred approach by the Varian Fry Quartet and Marie-Pierre Langlamet treats Mozart as weapons-grade music.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Geraldine Mucha Was A Real Talent But From The Wrong Time

By Norman Lebrecht on March 9, 2018

A new album by the daughter-in-law of Alfons Mucha, one of the greatest figures in the European Art Nouveau movement, offers a glimpse into one of the most obscure composers of her generation.
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