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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Andrey Gugnin Takes Shostakovich To Dizzying Speeds And Contemplative Heights

By Norman Lebrecht on September 20, 2019

Gugnin, a young Russian who won a piano competition in Sydney, Australia, plays at times maddeningly fast, just to show he can. But amid the helter-skelter there are moments of tender and profound contemplation that I need to hear again and again.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Clarinet Trio Takes The Quiet Approach To Beethoven & Brahms

By Norman Lebrecht on September 13, 2019

This album seeks out intimate silences between the instrumental lines in clarinet trios by Beethoven and Brahms.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | With 'Time and Eternity', Patricia Kopatchinskaja Is Proving That The Concept Album Still Works

By Norman Lebrecht on September 6, 2019

The playing of Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Camerata Bern captures the ear and suspends disbelief. No living violinist comes close to this scale of adventure. 
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Gabriela Montero Is A Life-Affirmer

By Norman Lebrecht on August 30, 2019

Most musicians go through life trying to avoid trouble, especially of the political kind. Gabriela Montero is an exception.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | John Wilson And Sinfonia Of London Take Korngold Seriously

By Norman Lebrecht on August 23, 2019

An all-Korngold program of works composed at a time of changing tastes is brought to bear in a new album from John Wilson And Sinfonia of London.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Two Summer Discoveries: Pfitzner And Braunfels

By Norman Lebrecht on August 16, 2019

Pfitzner and Braunfels make an apt pairing on a new release featuring piano concertos dating from the twilight of German Romanticism.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Rare Hindemith Highlights Ingmar Bergman's Partner, Käbi Laretei

By Norman Lebrecht on August 9, 2019

Estonian pianist Käbi Laretei account of Hindemith's Ludus tonalis is her major legacy. Why she is not better known, we cannot figure.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Massenet With The Late Sally Silver Is Perfect Fare For A Summer's Night 

By Norman Lebrecht on August 2, 2019

This posthumous album of music by Massenet — curated by Sally Silver, accompanied by Richard Bonynge and produced by her husband Jeremy Silver — is a delight from start to finish.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Fascinating New Album Reveals Insights On Haydn Symphonies Through Solo Piano Transcriptions

By Norman Lebrecht on July 26, 2019

A new release by pianist Ivan Ilic of transcribed Haydn Symphonies for solo piano leads the ear up paths never fully imagined by the original symphonist.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Pocket Size Mozart Works Better Than You'd Think

By Norman Lebrecht on July 19, 2019

Pianist David Owen Norris crafts an intriguing recreation of how Mozart's large-scale orchestral works might have been encountered in Georgian Britain.
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