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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 | Guglielmo Ratcliff A Real Delight On Record

By Norman Lebrecht on January 6, 2017

2015 Wexford Festival Opera production of the rarely performed Pietro Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff might be a long evening at the opera but on record, time moves quickly.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Naxos Records Releases Go-To Recording Of Bernstein Symphonies 1 and 2

By Norman Lebrecht on January 27, 2017

Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony revive Bernstein Symphonies 1 and 2 with soloists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Jennifer Johnson Cano.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trios And Viola Sonata (Decca)

By Norman Lebrecht on June 17, 2016

The latest from Vladimir Ashkenazy featuring three works that span Shostakovich's entire creative life. "Caustic rhythms that sear into the listener’s conscience."
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Argerich and Barenboim: Live from Buenos Aires (DG)

By Norman Lebrecht on April 15, 2016

Argerich and Barenboim: Live from Buenos Aires. The question is, what took them so long?
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak Has Never Sounded Sweeter

By Norman Lebrecht on April 13, 2017

Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak has never sounded sweeter or more comfortable in album of works by eminent Polish composer Karol Szymanowski.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Cello Rush With Laura Van Der Heijden Leading The Pack

By Norman Lebrecht on January 5, 2018

Album of the week is, outstandingly, a record debut by BBC Young Musician winner Laura Van Der Heijden with pianist Petr Limonov (Champs Hill ★★★★)
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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 | "How Will I Ever Find ‘Impromptu’ Again"?

By Norman Lebrecht on May 12, 2017

"A fabulous pianist, incapable of touching an ugly note, Wosner interleaves miniatures of Schubert with matching — at times, surprising — snips by Dvorak, Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, Gershwin and Charles Ives," say Norman Lebrecht.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Martinu: Ariane (Supraphon)

By Norman Lebrecht on August 19, 2016

★★★★ (out of five) Martinu: "Crisp, catchy, subtly emotional."
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