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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Part Scriabin, Part Shostakovich, Let's Not Forget Fridrich Bruk

By Norman Lebrecht on February 16, 2018

Closer to Scriabin than Shostakovich, Fridrich Bruk builds a symphony out of fragmentary cultural references, assembling his shards into a structure that is at once disquieting and imposing.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaya Is A Wildfire

By Norman Lebrecht on February 9, 2018

"I can’t remember when I last heard a violin-piano recital that was as ingenious and exhilarating as this."
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Best Winterreise In Years

By Norman Lebrecht on February 2, 2018

This is a very contemporary Winterreise, thoughtful and intensely musical, its beauties so restrained that you are surprised to find tears spilling from your eyes in the closing song, "Der Leiermann", an open-ended ending that is unmatched in music until Mahler’s "Das Lied von der Erde".
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Aisslinn Nosky's Haydn Is A Salve For A Grey January Week

By Norman Lebrecht on January 26, 2018

In a grey January week, this unpretentious little album sheds fragile rays of hope.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Trouble With Telemann

By Norman Lebrecht on January 19, 2018

Never sampled Georg Philipp Telemann? It’s like Vivaldi with added carbs, or Bach at a gentle walking pace.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | You Can Hardly Tell It’s Stravinsky

By Norman Lebrecht on January 13, 2018

Not another Rite! I hear you cry. Indeed not. This immaculate performance by Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra eschews the usual brutality.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Cello Rush With Laura Van Der Heijden Leading The Pack

By Norman Lebrecht on January 5, 2018

Album of the week is, outstandingly, a record debut by BBC Young Musician winner Laura Van Der Heijden with pianist Petr Limonov (Champs Hill ★★★★)
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Ending The Year With Ralph Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel

By Norman Lebrecht on December 29, 2017

Tenor James Gilchrist's take on Ralph Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel is the perfect fare for the last days of the year.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Delta Piano Trio Stays True To Shostakovich And Auerbach

By Norman Lebrecht on December 22, 2017

As the last releases of the year drop through the door, Delta Piano Trio's The Mirror With Three Faces is an instant ear-grabber.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Lebrecht Album Of The Year 2017 Goes To...

By Norman Lebrecht on December 15, 2017

In these diminished times, any year that yields a couple of releases that can rank with, and perhaps displace, the legends of recording history must be counted a good one.
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