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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Daniil Trifonov Gets Dark With 'Destination Rachmaninov'

By Norman Lebrecht on September 21, 2018

"This recording stands with the greats" — Daniil Trifonov interprets Rachmaninov at his most morose with of Concertos 2 & 4 from Deutsche Grammophon.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Saint-Saëns: Who Wore It Better — Louis Lortie Or Bertrand Chamayou?

By Norman Lebrecht on September 14, 2018

Canadian pianist Louis Lortie and the young Frenchman Bertrand Chamayou kick off cycles of the Saint-Saëns concertos on their respective labels.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Vilde Frang: Come For The Bartók, Stay For The Enescu

By Norman Lebrecht on September 7, 2018

The first Bartók concerto, a youthful effusion of innocent love, is not going to change our lives. The Geroge Enescu Octet, on the other hand, might.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Joyce Didonato's "Into the Fire" Does No-One Any Favours

By Norman Lebrecht on August 31, 2018

An album release of Joyce Didonato at Wigmore Hall recital might have seemed a good idea at the time, but its lack of personality cannot be overlooked.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Boston Symphony's Shostakovich Is A Revelation

By Norman Lebrecht on August 24, 2018

Two problematic symphonies by a tortured composer are despatched by the Boston Symphony and its Latvian conductor with near-nonchalance.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Treat Yourself To Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari

By Norman Lebrecht on August 17, 2018

The two trios, dating from the turn of the century when Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari was in his twenties, will give you an instant summer smile.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Case For Clementi On A Hot Summer’s Night

By Norman Lebrecht on August 3, 2018

Clementi on a modern piano with Stefan Chaplikov is enough to engage the ear while easing the mind on a hot summer’s night.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Alisa Weilerstein's "Transfigured Night" Should Be A Top-Drawer Recommendation

By Norman Lebrecht on July 27, 2018

Weilerstein’s first album with Pentatone and the Trondheim Soloists should be a top-drawer recommendation, but it lacks the power needed for a convincing exploration of Viennese musical heritage.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Are Bernstein’s Three Symphonies Redeemable From Their Fatal Flaws?

By Norman Lebrecht on July 20, 2018

Along with Leonard Bernstein’s centennial year, comes a new attempt to redeem Leonard Bernstein’s three symphonies.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Steven Osborne's Etudes-Tableaux Shows He's Is Our Kind Of Pianist

By Norman Lebrecht on July 13, 2018

Steven Osborne's latest Rachmaninov: Etudes-tableaux album puts the pathological scrutiny back into these amazing sets of piano sketches.
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