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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Violinist Jennifer Pike Brings Little Known Gems To Life In ‘The Polish Violin Vol. 2’

By Norman Lebrecht on October 15, 2021

Violinist Jennifer Pike performs gems of repertoire from Polish composers both familiar and revelatory on this release.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Spooky Five-Star Release For After-Dark

By Norman Lebrecht on October 8, 2021

It’s razzle dazzle entertainment from four crack musicians who play standing up and are forever pushing out boundaries.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Beethoven And Birtwistle: A Bag Of Bagatelles

By Norman Lebrecht on October 1, 2021

Hodges makes Beethoven sound so much like Birtwistle and vice versa that you, the listener, never know quite where you are.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Renée Fleming Is A Voice of Nature

By Norman Lebrecht on September 24, 2021

Renée Fleming sings out full and flamboyant in this set of nature-themed songs that came together during her daily walks in the COVID lockdown.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Compelling 100 Years Of Piazzolla

By Norman Lebrecht on September 17, 2021

Astor Piazzolla's work elevates tango from the dance floor to the art museum.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Solem Quartet: Frontrunners For Best New Talent 2021

By Norman Lebrecht on September 10, 2021

A fresh idea from Solem Quartet, with little to fault in the playing and much to anticipate in this group’s emergence.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Paderewski & Stojowski: Convincing Obscurities

By Norman Lebrecht on September 3, 2021

This pairing of violin-piano sonatas by the two Poles comes close, at times, to revelation.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Nikolai Kapustin: Writing Against His Own Times

By Norman Lebrecht on August 27, 2021

Listening to Nikolai Kapustin in 2021 is an act of nostalgia, a gesture of defiance to the dictates of fashion.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Erno von Dohnányi: Music That Fusses More Than It Fizzes

By Norman Lebrecht on August 20, 2021

Dohnanyi's music fusses more than it fizzes, brilliantly played by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Robert Paternostro.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Alice Sara Ott's Chopin Is A Dazzling Experiment That Almost Works

By Norman Lebrecht on August 13, 2021

Alice Sara Ott gives the preludes of Frederic Chopin a contemporary twist by interleaving them with some of her favourite modern composers.
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