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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Caught Between Late-Romanticism And Atonality With Alexander Zemlinsky

By Norman Lebrecht on July 3, 2020

Like others of his generation, Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942) was torn between late-romanticism and atonality — Lebrecht reviews The Mermaid.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Shostakovich: ‘An Essential Record, Five Star From Start To Finish’

By Norman Lebrecht on June 26, 2020

Anglo-Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova's playing of the two Shostakovich concertos gives a wholly new dimension to appreciation of the works.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Gustavo Gimeno’s César Franck Is ‘As Red-Blooded As Steak Tartare’

By Norman Lebrecht on June 19, 2020

Gustavo Gimeno’s release with the Luxembourg Philharmonic is as red-blooded as steak tartare and as rich as mousse au chocolat with extra chippings on top.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Feldman & Cage: Two For Uncharted Eternity

By Norman Lebrecht on June 12, 2020

As part of his COVID-19 weekly dip into less-heard modern composers, Norman Lebrecht reviews Feldman and Cage.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Penderecki’s ‘St Luke Passion’ Is A Reminder How The World Sounded Before COVID-19

By Norman Lebrecht on June 5, 2020

A recording of Penderecki full of dignity and drama; we will not hear its like again in the next few years for reasons no one had foreseen.
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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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