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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Peter Jablonski’s Scriabin Is One Of The Years Best (So Far)

By Norman Lebrecht on April 10, 2020

If you think Scriabin is best taken in small doses, Peter Jablonski's Mazurkas may leave you hungering for more.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Composer For Hard Times And Isolation

By Norman Lebrecht on April 3, 2020

In isolation, Viktor Ullmann dug deep and found wit and humour, his music persuasively interpreted in this Berlin Classics recording.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | What Can You Do With 3 Sopranos And 2 Altos? Be inventive, That’s What

By Norman Lebrecht on March 27, 2020

The all-women quintet Papagena have come up with a range of unaccompanied songs, settings and original commissions that often takes the breath away.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | One Of The Blessings Of Social Isolation Is The Time To Listen

By Norman Lebrecht on March 20, 2020

Listening carefully to the Lutoslawski symphonies brings rewards that I failed to remember from past live hearings.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Víkingur Ólafsson Is Putting Iceland On The Classical Music Map

By Norman Lebrecht on March 13, 2020

Víkingur Ólafsson has taken a pair of French composers two centuries apart and effectively melded their music into one by the simple method of interleaving short pieces across a whole album.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Busoni: A Tribute Album Of The Best Kind

By Norman Lebrecht on March 6, 2020

Ferruccio Busoni's often overlooked violin sonatas are performed with evident relish in a fitting homage to Johannes Brahms.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Has Anyone Seen Edvard Grieg Lately?

By Norman Lebrecht on February 28, 2020

Attractive conversation pieces, lyrical and atmospheric, but nothing too serious or mentally taxing in this recording of three sonatas for violin and piano by Edvard Grieg.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Whatever Became Of The Great American Symphony?

By Norman Lebrecht on February 21, 2020

Whatever became of the Great American Symphony? Aspects of America: Pulitzer Edition on the Pentatone label keeps the tradition alive.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Mahler 8 Doesn't Go Far Enough

By Norman Lebrecht on February 14, 2020

Mahler's 8th carries a gigantic size and cost that make performances a rarity and good performances a dream. But even under the masterful baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, this isn't the one we were hoping for.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Missing Voice In Modern Polish Music Is Female

By Norman Lebrecht on February 7, 2020

Every work of Grazyna Bacewicz informs us that her life was hard and her freedoms limited. But once the conversation starts, you really don’t want it to end.
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