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RECORD KEEPING | OSM Releases Bernstein's A Quiet Place, But Will It Win New Friends?

By Paul E. Robinson on July 15, 2018

Marking Bernstein 100th-anniversary year, the Montréal Symphony's new recording of A Quiet Place is played with care and authority, but its structural problems are difficult to surpass.
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RECORD KEEPING | 85 Hours Of Rafael Kubelík Should Keep You Busy For A Good Long While

By Paul E. Robinson on July 4, 2018

At last, Deutsche Grammophon has done the right thing and released a box-set of complete recordings dedicated to Rafael Kubelik, one of the greatest Czech conductors of all time.
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SCRUTINY | Jaap Van Zweden Leaves The Dallas Symphony Orchestra With An Emotional Final Bow

By Paul E. Robinson on June 4, 2018

Jaap van Zweden is on his way to the Big Time, and while we are sure the Dallas musicians and audience members wish him well, a period of either stasis or re-building likely lies ahead.
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RECORD KEEPING | Alexei Ogrintchouk Provides A Convincing Argument For Late Era Richard Strauss

By Paul E. Robinson on May 30, 2018

This new recording with Alexei Ogrintchouk, principal oboist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, accompanied by colleagues from the RCO and conducted by Andris Nelsons. offers a detailed and intense performance of Richard Strauss later works.
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RECORD KEEPING | New Biography From Bernstein's Valet Casts Light On His Hard Living Years

By Paul E. Robinson on May 23, 2018

"Please look after my music" — Leonard Bernstein last words to his long-time assistant Charlie Harmon, who has finally broken his silence in a tell-all biography extolling the challenges of living with a genius on the cusp of legacy.
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RECORD KEEPING | Nézet-Séguin's Bernstein Mass Is An Electric Journey Into Existential Angst

By Paul E. Robinson on May 11, 2018

Under the baton of Nézet-Séguin, Bernstein’s Mass is a remarkable amalgam of religious ritual and Broadway theatrics with a universal message.
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RECORD KEEPING | Rachmaninov's Edgar Allen Poe Inspired Bells Is Deliciously Dark

By Paul E. Robinson on May 3, 2018

To the average concertgoer, Rachmaninov is probably best known for writing lush, romantic melodies and music of great passion; that said, he was also a man with an appreciation for the darker side of life.
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RECORD KEEPING | Canada Gets Snubbed In "Music Of The Americas"

By Paul E. Robinson on April 26, 2018

One of these days some record company will issue a CD under the title “Music of the Americas” and actually include some Canadian music.
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RECORD KEEPING | Toronto Based Composer An-Lun Huang's New Album Is Required Listening

By Paul E. Robinson on April 19, 2018

An-lun Huang's work deserveS to be better-known. And thanks to Toccata Classics, this album is a good place to start.
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RECORD KEEPING | Batiashvili And Nézet-Séguin Carry Over For Another Album

By Paul E. Robinson on April 10, 2018

Batiashvili and Nézet-Séguin team up again for some essential works for violin solo and chamber orchestra from Prokofiev.
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