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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Reviving Europe’s Forgotten Female Composer

By Norman Lebrecht on June 11, 2021

Vítězslava Kaprálová was a talent of rare eloquence and self-possession, too good to remain lost in the mists of time.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | This COVID-Year Album Is Demonstrably Irresistible

By Norman Lebrecht on June 4, 2021

This COVID-year album by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and their departing conductor Vasily Petrenko is demonstrably irresistible.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Peteris Vasks: There Is Always Hope Somewhere On A Baltic Shore

By Norman Lebrecht on May 28, 2021

Latvia’s answer to Estonia’s Arvo Pärt, Vasks writes long, slow, contemplative works with a strong feeling for lakes, forests and landscape.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Capturing The Spirit Of Our Times, But Is Classical Music Listening?

By Norman Lebrecht on May 21, 2021

Will Liverman, a baritone much seen at the Met, has chosen songs by Black composers of two or three generations, songs that undermine the whiter-than-white settings of bygone years.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Five Star Argument For Prokofiev Over Stravinsky

By Norman Lebrecht on May 14, 2021

Gloriously shaped by Vasily Petrenko and magnificently played by the Oslo Philharmonic, awarding the fifth star for this release was an easy decision.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Beethoven That Sings Like A Pentecostal Nightingale

By Norman Lebrecht on May 7, 2021

The Aris play Beethoven with sweeping flair and something close to insouciance on this recent recording.
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Lebrecht Listens | Mining The Fruits Of Michael Mann’s Musical Career

By Norman Lebrecht on April 30, 2021

Mann’s playing is subliminally evocative of a decade when Europe’s finest settled beside the Pacific in a new recording showcasing his life's work.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | We Expect Oracles From Composers In Ominous Times

By Norman Lebrecht on April 23, 2021

We expect oracles from composers in ominous times, but it is the interpreters Benjamin Baker and Daniel Lebhardt, who bring out the terrors and anxieties that rumble beneath these works.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Vaughan Williams: Let The Music Say It All

By Norman Lebrecht on April 16, 2021

The London Symphony Orchestra and its new chief conductor Antonio Pappano let the music say it all on this new recording of Vaughan Williams symphonies.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Where Has Hindemith Gone?

By Norman Lebrecht on April 9, 2021

It’s a bit of a mystery why Hindemith has vanished so completely, with chamber music so extremely well-made, intelligent, and civilized.
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