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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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RECORD KEEPING | Jaap van Zweden And The New York Phil Offer A Taste Of Things To Come

By Paul E. Robinson on April 2, 2018

Jaap van Zweden doesn’t officially take over as music director of the New York Philharmonic until September 2018, but their new album hints at the possibilities.
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RECORD KEEPING | Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony With Passion And Intensity From Beginning To End

By Paul E. Robinson on March 22, 2018

New RCO recording of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony featuring soprano Annette Dasch and mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill is passion and intensity from beginning to end.
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RECORD KEEPING | James Ehnes Returns To Bartók And Reveals Even More

By Paul E. Robinson on March 14, 2018

James Ehnes gives us fine renderings of Bartók’s modernist transformation of gypsy style with conductor Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
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RECORD KEEPING | Martha Argerich And Ruggiero Ricci's Historic 1961 Leningrad Performance Is Still Jaw-Dropping

By Paul E. Robinson on March 7, 2018

A second release in the Legendary Treasures Leningrad concerts performed by two outstanding musicians – Ruggiero Ricci and Martha Argerich. These recordings are available for the first time.
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