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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Lesson In Getting Along Together

By Norman Lebrecht on September 18, 2020

This new release blends music from the major seaboard cultures — Greek, Italian, Judeo-Spanish and Arab — with arias from Baroque operas that are rooted in the same shores.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Silvestrov Ought To Be In Every Concert Season

By Norman Lebrecht on September 11, 2020

I often wonder when listening to Silvestrov's music why he is not one of the most performed living composers.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | John Williams’ No-Star Wars

By Norman Lebrecht on September 4, 2020

'John Williams in Vienna' is a first — a record that resists categorisation, where one star would be an insult, two stars a gross over-estimation.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Rachmaninov At His Most Conversational

By Norman Lebrecht on August 28, 2020

The arrival of an altogether astonishing album has made me break my solemn (and unrealistic) pledge to review only neglected composers during the COVID pandemic.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Cure For A Month Without Weinberg

By Norman Lebrecht on August 21, 2020

Weinberg's poignant meditations on Jewish themes are played with big-toned empathy by cellist Raphael Wallfisch in this CPO recording.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Timothy Ridout: Viola’s Next Big Thing

By Norman Lebrecht on August 14, 2020

Timothy Ridout makes his case as a powerful advocate of the viola in this recording of Vaughan Williams, Martinu, Hindemith and Britten.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Hallucinogenic Discoveries From Theodorakis And Christou

By Norman Lebrecht on August 7, 2020

'Theodorakis and Christou: Intersection 1955' offers fascinating world premieres, and what Bach might have written in a haze of hashish.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Schnittke And Kapustin Revival By Cello

By Norman Lebrecht on July 31, 2020

The compositions of Nikolai Kapustin and Alfred Schnittke see a revival via works for cello in this recent recording by German cellist Eckart Runge and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Christopher Rouse: ‘Love Letters To The Orchestra’

By Norman Lebrecht on July 24, 2020

What Chris Rouse wrote was not big symphonies, but an intimate series of love letters to the orchestra, an endangered species in our short-span century.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Two Lost Composers For Lost Times

By Norman Lebrecht on July 17, 2020

The only connection between composers Feinberg and Winterberg is their victimisation and the last syllable of their names. Both were silenced for political reasons; neither has found due recognition.
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