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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Peak-Period Berio Before He Lost His Mojo

By Norman Lebrecht on May 29, 2020

Wonderfully challenging and frequently beautiful beyond words, Norman Lebrecht reviews this recording of peak-period Berio.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Uri Caine’s ‘The Passion Of Octavius Catto’ Is Reviving Eclecticism

By Norman Lebrecht on May 22, 2020

Philadelphia composer Uri Caine's The Passion of Octavius Catto revives eclecticism in a convincing performance by the Catto Freedom Orchestra and the Philadelphia Choral Ensemble.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Bauhaus Inspired Piano Album To Tweak The Ear

By Norman Lebrecht on May 15, 2020

Formed by an original idea and a lot of unfamiliar sounds to tweak the ear, there, are 27 tracks on this album and not one of them is dull.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Please Don’t Tell Me You’ve Never Heard Of Otto Zykan

By Norman Lebrecht on May 8, 2020

The magnificent Heinrich Schiff premieres Viennese composer Otto M. Zykan's work for a musical conversation at a level we just don’t hear anymore.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Nikos Skalkottas — A Major Talent Long Overlooked

By Norman Lebrecht on May 1, 2020

For all his struggles and his misery, Greek composer Nikos Skalkottas was possessed of an extraordinary vitality, as evidenced in this new release.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | You Need To Add Paul Dessau To Your Lockdown Playlist

By Norman Lebrecht on April 24, 2020

This recording of chamber music offers a tantalising taste of Paul Dessau - a composer of fizzing vitality and originality we need to hear more of.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Howard Skempton Offers A Different Angle Of Contemplation For Times Of Isolation

By Norman Lebrecht on April 17, 2020

British minimalist composer Howard Skempton's 24 Preludes and Fugues showcases a musical mind working with the simplest of materials.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Peter Jablonski’s Scriabin Is One Of The Years Best (So Far)

By Norman Lebrecht on April 10, 2020

If you think Scriabin is best taken in small doses, Peter Jablonski's Mazurkas may leave you hungering for more.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Composer For Hard Times And Isolation

By Norman Lebrecht on April 3, 2020

In isolation, Viktor Ullmann dug deep and found wit and humour, his music persuasively interpreted in this Berlin Classics recording.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | What Can You Do With 3 Sopranos And 2 Altos? Be inventive, That’s What

By Norman Lebrecht on March 27, 2020

The all-women quintet Papagena have come up with a range of unaccompanied songs, settings and original commissions that often takes the breath away.
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