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LEBRECHT LISTENS | András Schiff Redefines The Encore

By Norman Lebrecht on November 25, 2016

Andras Schiff explores links to Schubert, Mozart, Haydn and Bach in an album of encores which adds up to humble restraint and deep introspection.
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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 | Ian Bostridge's Great War Themed Album Wrenches The Heart

By Norman Lebrecht on November 9, 2018

Themed albums are all the rage these days, but coming up with an idea that takes into to account timeliness is a rarity. Ian Bostridge and Antonio Pappano's "Requiem, the pity of war" captures the timelessness of the English landscape and the hopelessness of young men in the WWI trenches with this magical new release.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Tasmin Little Reminds Us Just How Much We'll Miss Her

By Norman Lebrecht on February 8, 2019

The latest album by prolific British violinist Tasmin Little consists of music by women, and the sense of an ending adds poignancy to its reception.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Walton In His Finest Hour

By Norman Lebrecht on July 21, 2017

A fine selection of Walton's major orchestral works, in a standout reading by Anthony Marwood and the BBC Scottish Symphony.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Trouble With Telemann

By Norman Lebrecht on January 19, 2018

Never sampled Georg Philipp Telemann? It’s like Vivaldi with added carbs, or Bach at a gentle walking pace.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Noseda's Shostakovich 8 With The London Symphony Orchestra Is Like No Other

By Norman Lebrecht on October 19, 2018

Composed against a devastating backdrop of Stalinist oppression, Shostakovich's Symphony #8 takes new meaning under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Ivan Fischer's Mahler 7 Just Might Be The Best Yet

By Norman Lebrecht on March 22, 2019

Unlike other maestros, Ivan Fischer does not try to improve Mahler —  and also why this new release of the 7th Symphony is in such high regard.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Songs By Richard Strauss Are Not For Wallflowers

By Norman Lebrecht on June 23, 2017

English soprano Louise Alder, who made an opera debut as Glyndebourne’s stand-in Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier in 2014, sounds undaunted by anything Strauss can throw at her.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Perfect Chill-Out Music By György Kurtág

By Norman Lebrecht on October 28, 2016

Nothing eases the brain so gently and effectively as the crafted, thoughtful noises of György Kurtág.
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