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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Every Single Note Is A Treasure

By Norman Lebrecht on November 11, 2016

Norman Lebrecht gets teary-eyed with a new Shostakovich release.
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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 | Composers In Dispair: Schoenberg And Shostakovich

By Norman Lebrecht on November 4, 2016

No musical household should be without these two works of genius. You never know when you will need one or other in an emergency.
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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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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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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Arvo Pärt's The Symphonies Is Classical Music For Quiet Rebels

By Norman Lebrecht on May 4, 2018

All four of Arvo Pärt’s symphonies, newly recorded under the direction his tintinnabulation co-conspirator, Tõnu Kaljuste, are labours of love for a composer that continues to walk his own path.
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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 | An Hour Of Harp Music With String Quartet? Surprisingly Yes

By Norman Lebrecht on March 16, 2018

The frontline intensity and no holds barred approach by the Varian Fry Quartet and Marie-Pierre Langlamet treats Mozart as weapons-grade music.
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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 | Deutsche Grammophon: The Mono Era, 1948-57 (51 CD Box Set))

By Norman Lebrecht on April 22, 2016

In the age before Herbert von Karajan, Deutsche Grammophon offers a massive box of rarities fascinating in its rigour and frugality.
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