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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Noseda’s Shostakovich Is A Reminder Of How Much We Miss Live Orchestral Music

By Norman Lebrecht on January 22, 2021

The LSO Live release gives us what we most crave right now — an experience, or at least a simulacrum — of live orchestral music in all its colours and frailties.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Bavarian Radio Chorus Will Need To Brush Up When Sir Simon Rattle Arrives

By Norman Lebrecht on January 15, 2021

The Bavarian Radio Chorus offers an unexpected, untaxing and altogether enjoyable collection of Elgar choral works.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Caprices and Laments: No Way A Clarinet Is Going To Let This Music End Without A Howl

By Norman Lebrecht on January 8, 2021

Clarinettist Maximiliano Martín joined here by the symphony orchestra of his native Tenerife in three works that truly cover the gamut of human emotion.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Pianist Bertrand Chamayou Is One To Watch For 2021

By Norman Lebrecht on January 1, 2021

The beauty of this compilation by the French pianist Bertrand Chamayou is that it leads the ear down unexpected paths.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Ralph Vaughan Williams Ticks All the Boxes For The End Of 2020

By Norman Lebrecht on December 24, 2020

At its world premiere, a critic called the music ‘benedictory and consoling’, a phrase that echoed in my mind as I listened to Ralph Vaughan Williams 5th symphony's latest recording in a state of COVID siege.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | One Of The Year’s Most Atmospheric Releases

By Norman Lebrecht on December 18, 2020

Smart and Uttley find common ground in composers from both sides of the Atlantic for one of the year’s most atmospheric releases.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Giya Kancheli And The Music That Refused To Fade

By Norman Lebrecht on December 11, 2020

Ostensibly gentle and relaxing, Giya Kancheli's music conveys an inner tension, an unstated mortal threat.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | You Will Either Love Or Hate John Luther Adams’ ‘The Become Trilogy’

By Norman Lebrecht on December 4, 2020

Love it or hate it, the music of John Luther Adams is inspired by 'the subtle resonances of the northern soundscape’. 
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Why I’m Holding Back One Star For The Oslo Philharmonic

By Norman Lebrecht on November 27, 2020

The Oslo Phil play with passion and Petrenko conducts with fervour, tempered by restraint in this recording of Prokofiev and Miaskovsky symphonies.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Arvo Pärt’s Choral Devotions Occupy A Space All Their Own

By Norman Lebrecht on November 20, 2020

Alternately hypnotic and uplifting, this recent release spotlights Arvo Pärt's choral work.
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