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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Two New Classical Persuasions For Younger Folks

By Norman Lebrecht on October 16, 2020

New music from Eighth Blackbird and Navarra String Quartet offers classical persuasions for younger folks.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Malcolm Arnold: A Composer Who Was Everything The Suits Hated

By Norman Lebrecht on October 9, 2020

The most popular and prolific composer of his time, Malcolm Arnold was shunned by the British music establishment for being, mostly, too popular and prolific, and therefore a potent threat to the nonentities who were not.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Berliner Philharmoniker Samples Kirill Petrenko’s Passions With New Box Set

By Norman Lebrecht on October 2, 2020

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra has issued an oblong boxed set of its inaugural concerts with music director Kirill Petrenko.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Leó Weiner Ought To Be On Every Conductor’s Encore List

By Norman Lebrecht on September 25, 2020

A poet of timelessness, Hungarian composer Leó Weiner ought to be on every conductor’s encore list.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Lesson In Getting Along Together

By Norman Lebrecht on September 18, 2020

This new release blends music from the major seaboard cultures — Greek, Italian, Judeo-Spanish and Arab — with arias from Baroque operas that are rooted in the same shores.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Silvestrov Ought To Be In Every Concert Season

By Norman Lebrecht on September 11, 2020

I often wonder when listening to Silvestrov's music why he is not one of the most performed living composers.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | John Williams’ No-Star Wars

By Norman Lebrecht on September 4, 2020

'John Williams in Vienna' is a first — a record that resists categorisation, where one star would be an insult, two stars a gross over-estimation.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Rachmaninov At His Most Conversational

By Norman Lebrecht on August 28, 2020

The arrival of an altogether astonishing album has made me break my solemn (and unrealistic) pledge to review only neglected composers during the COVID pandemic.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Cure For A Month Without Weinberg

By Norman Lebrecht on August 21, 2020

Weinberg's poignant meditations on Jewish themes are played with big-toned empathy by cellist Raphael Wallfisch in this CPO recording.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Timothy Ridout: Viola’s Next Big Thing

By Norman Lebrecht on August 14, 2020

Timothy Ridout makes his case as a powerful advocate of the viola in this recording of Vaughan Williams, Martinu, Hindemith and Britten.
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