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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Whatever Became Of The Great American Symphony?

By Norman Lebrecht on February 21, 2020

Whatever became of the Great American Symphony? Aspects of America: Pulitzer Edition on the Pentatone label keeps the tradition alive.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Mahler 8 Doesn't Go Far Enough

By Norman Lebrecht on February 14, 2020

Mahler's 8th carries a gigantic size and cost that make performances a rarity and good performances a dream. But even under the masterful baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, this isn't the one we were hoping for.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Missing Voice In Modern Polish Music Is Female

By Norman Lebrecht on February 7, 2020

Every work of Grazyna Bacewicz informs us that her life was hard and her freedoms limited. But once the conversation starts, you really don’t want it to end.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Deutsche Grammophon Should Rethink Language For Holocaust Memorial Release

By Norman Lebrecht on January 31, 2020

The appearance in Holocaust Memorial Week of an album of synagogue music on the Deutsche Grammophon label is a milestone of sorts, perhaps a first step towards a reckoning with the German company’s complicated past.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Luigi Cherubini And Beethoven's Shadow

By Norman Lebrecht on January 26, 2020

Cherubini's D major symphony has big gestures and a few half-tunes, but nothing nutritious for the audience mind that Beethoven was awakening.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Vaughan Williams’ Pastoral Symphony Is More Relevant Now Than Ever

By Norman Lebrecht on January 17, 2020

With Australia in flames, Italian cities choked by smog and parts of Canada enjoying an unseasonal thaw, I’m listening to Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Pastoral Symphony, a lament for pre-1914 rhythms of life.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Riccardo Muti Clearly Gets Shostakovich’s Babi Yar

By Norman Lebrecht on January 10, 2020

Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony are totally convincing in this recording of Shostakovich: 13th Symphony ‘Babi Yar’.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | New Year Listening With Poulenc And Koechlin

By Norman Lebrecht on January 3, 2020

No happier way to start a year than Francis Poulenc, few grimmer than Charles Koechlin; Poulenc captivates, but tepid Koechlin is the sort of thing the BBC used to play to fill time up to the news.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Bedbug: Young Shostakovich Lets Rip With Irreverence And Invention

By Norman Lebrecht on December 20, 2019

Music by the young Dmitri Shostakovich, a dazzling talent strutting his stuff in the first decade of a revolution when all seemed possible and available — jobs for all, free meals at work, free love.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Mining The Corners Of Beethoven’s Chaotic Work Desk

By Norman Lebrecht on December 13, 2019

British pianists Peter Hill and Benjamin Frith reveal the genius in some of Beethoven's lesser known works on this Delphian release.
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