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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Cameron Carpenter: All You Need Is Bach (Sony)

By Norman Lebrecht on June 10, 2016

The flamboyant American organist Cameron Carpenter, more used to playing in a singlet than a surplice, either makes you feel young and with-it or old and totally out of it.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Lang Lang: New York Rhapsody (Sony Classical)

By Norman Lebrecht on September 23, 2016

How New York is this album? About one star’s worth, says Norman Lebrecht.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | 16-Year-Old Violinist Noa Wildschut Gets The Adult Treatment

By Norman Lebrecht on October 6, 2017

Norman Lebrecht breaks an iron rule.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Barenboim Assembles A Dream Team

By Norman Lebrecht on August 4, 2017

"Strange as it may seem, the Berlin musicians and chorus singers feel this most English of works in their fingers and bones."
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | FolksLied: Beethoven, Britten, Haydn/Christian Gerhaher

By Norman Lebrecht on March 29, 2016

As a Lied interpreter, on the concert stage and, increasingly, on the operatic stage as well, the baritone Christian Gerhaher is currently setting new artistic standards.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | What's Wrong With Luxembourg Philharmonic's Shostakovich?

By Norman Lebrecht on May 26, 2017

Great recordings are easy to review. Likewise bad ones. About 99.5 percent of all releases fall somewhere in between. This is one of them.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Zuzana Ruzickova's Lifetime Obsession With Bach Yields Incredible Results

By Norman Lebrecht on December 16, 2016

Newly remastered 20-CD Box of Bach recordings marks the 90th birthday of the great Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 2 and 8 (Onyx)

By Norman Lebrecht on May 20, 2016

★★★★ (out of five) Unless you live in England — and, in most of the country, even if you do — you will have few opportunities to hear live performances of the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, the dominant national composer between Elgar and Britten.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Daniil Trifonov Gets Dark With 'Destination Rachmaninov'

By Norman Lebrecht on September 21, 2018

"This recording stands with the greats" — Daniil Trifonov interprets Rachmaninov at his most morose with of Concertos 2 & 4 from Deutsche Grammophon.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Leeds International Competition Winner's Rush To Record Offers Mixed Results

By Norman Lebrecht on November 2, 2018

Eric Lu is a pianist of great promise, but a post-win rush album with a run-of-the-mill Chopin and a Beethoven silver lining shows a pianist with some distance to go.
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