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LEBRECHT LISTENS | It Was Only A Matter Of Time Until We Had A Quarantine Symphony

By Norman Lebrecht on February 26, 2021

Bleak, bombastic, effective and evocative — Alexander Tchaikovsky's Quarantine Symphony attempts to describe our present situation.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Ligeti Never Stayed Glum For Long

By Norman Lebrecht on February 19, 2021

Fiendishly difficult to play and irresistibly easy on the ear, British pianist Danny Driver captures Ligeti's mood swings in this new recording.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Some Of The Most Painfully Consequential Music You Will Ever Hear

By Norman Lebrecht on February 12, 2021

The outstanding Offenburgers play a gripping compilation of some of the most richly coloured and painfully consequential music you are ever likely to hear.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | If Only Boris And Macon Could Chat Like This

By Norman Lebrecht on February 5, 2021

French violinist Renaud Capuçon is a revelation in this new recording of Elgar.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Anna Clyne’s ‘Mythologies’ Checks Off All the Boxes

By Norman Lebrecht on January 29, 2021

There is much within Anna Clyne's 'Mythologies' to give instant pleasure or, at the very least, a validation of the continuing relevance of classical form in the third decade of the 21st century.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Noseda’s Shostakovich Is A Reminder Of How Much We Miss Live Orchestral Music

By Norman Lebrecht on January 22, 2021

The LSO Live release gives us what we most crave right now — an experience, or at least a simulacrum — of live orchestral music in all its colours and frailties.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Bavarian Radio Chorus Will Need To Brush Up When Sir Simon Rattle Arrives

By Norman Lebrecht on January 15, 2021

The Bavarian Radio Chorus offers an unexpected, untaxing and altogether enjoyable collection of Elgar choral works.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Caprices and Laments: No Way A Clarinet Is Going To Let This Music End Without A Howl

By Norman Lebrecht on January 8, 2021

Clarinettist Maximiliano Martín joined here by the symphony orchestra of his native Tenerife in three works that truly cover the gamut of human emotion.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Pianist Bertrand Chamayou Is One To Watch For 2021

By Norman Lebrecht on January 1, 2021

The beauty of this compilation by the French pianist Bertrand Chamayou is that it leads the ear down unexpected paths.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Ralph Vaughan Williams Ticks All the Boxes For The End Of 2020

By Norman Lebrecht on December 24, 2020

At its world premiere, a critic called the music ‘benedictory and consoling’, a phrase that echoed in my mind as I listened to Ralph Vaughan Williams 5th symphony's latest recording in a state of COVID siege.
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