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LEBRECHT LISTENS | James Ehnes & Andrew Armstrong: Debussy, Elgar &c: violin sonatas (Onyx)

By Norman Lebrecht on March 22, 2016

A thoughtful album deftly played by James Ehnes & Andrew Armstrong, calibrating instrumental equality in Debussy and violin dominance in Sibelius.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Jean Sibelius: Symphonies 3, 6 and 7 (Bis)

By Norman Lebrecht on July 29, 2016

★★★★ (out of five) The Minnesota Orchestra’s partnership with the Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä is a treasure of our times.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Nadia Boulanger Was A Composer Too?

By Norman Lebrecht on March 3, 2017

Two new recordings uncover French pedagogue Nadia Boulanger was more than just a legendary teacher, but a fine composer as well.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Felix Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words, Books 5-8 (Bis)

By Norman Lebrecht on July 8, 2016

★★★★ (out of five) Ronald Brautigam perfectly captures that make-do intent of Felix Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Unearthing A Real-Life Collaboration

By Norman Lebrecht on July 14, 2017

The revered German baritone sings an intimate program with his musical and life partners. A forgotten capture amid 1989 Germany.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Leó Weiner's Five Divertimentos Are Pinpoint Perfect

By Norman Lebrecht on October 20, 2017

A new album of folk dance-inspired works by Leó Weiner are strikingly fresh, thanks to Neeme Järvi.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Arnold Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder (Chandos)

By Norman Lebrecht on October 7, 2016

Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder is a hulking work requiring a large chorus, six soloists, and a full orchestra. Is this new Chandos release up to the task? Norman Lebrecht listens.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Concert-Centenaire, Vol. 1: Rudi Stephan/Albéric Magnard

By Norman Lebrecht on March 1, 2016

Rudi Stephan, Albéric Magnard: two composers joined by tragic deaths on opposite sides of the First World War.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | BBC Scottish Symphony Take Ravel And De Falla To Riveting Heights

By Norman Lebrecht on June 2, 2017

There is much competition in epic performances of the Ravel G major – Rubinstein, Michelangeli, de Larrocha – but I am not sure I have ever heard a more riveting reading of the left-hand concerto.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Marc-André Hamelin Toys With Loss Of Meaning

By Norman Lebrecht on August 18, 2017

The Canadian pianist pushes listeners into an alternate sound world, one where time and motion are devoid of meaning.
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