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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Best Winterreise In Years

By Norman Lebrecht on February 2, 2018

This is a very contemporary Winterreise, thoughtful and intensely musical, its beauties so restrained that you are surprised to find tears spilling from your eyes in the closing song, "Der Leiermann", an open-ended ending that is unmatched in music until Mahler’s "Das Lied von der Erde".
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Cameron Carpenter: All You Need Is Bach (Sony)

By Norman Lebrecht on June 10, 2016

The flamboyant American organist Cameron Carpenter, more used to playing in a singlet than a surplice, either makes you feel young and with-it or old and totally out of it.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Cellist Steven Isserlis Takes Us Into New Mood Territory

By Norman Lebrecht on September 28, 2018

Steven Isserlis modest Chopin and Schubert cello-piano recital with Dénes Várjon highlights two fine musicians at the peak of their powers.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Kathleen Ferrier Was A Voice To Remember

By Norman Lebrecht on May 19, 2017

"She simply soars." An upcoming release of English contralto Kathleen Ferrier includes six new tracks poised to keep this musical marvel alive.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trios And Viola Sonata (Decca)

By Norman Lebrecht on June 17, 2016

The latest from Vladimir Ashkenazy featuring three works that span Shostakovich's entire creative life. "Caustic rhythms that sear into the listener’s conscience."
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Andris Nelsons' Latest Bruckner For An Orchestra That May Have Fallen Asleep

By Norman Lebrecht on April 27, 2018

The Gewandhaus can play this stuff in their sleep and sometimes it sounds as if that’s just what they are doing.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Federico Colli Goes Loud And Proud In New Scarlatti Release

By Norman Lebrecht on May 11, 2018

The fact that a pianist at the start of his career is prepared to defy the rule makers and play Scarlatti on a modern concert grand restores our faith in musical free-thinkers.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Now We Know Why This Bartók Was Forgotten

By Norman Lebrecht on February 17, 2017

The Berlin-based Notos Quartett's debut recording wins kudos for uncovering an ‘unusual’ set of Bartók works, but ultimately it fails to deliver.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | If You Don't Know The Name "Mieczyslaw Weinberg", You Should

By Norman Lebrecht on January 20, 2017

Today, thanks largely to proselytism by Gidon Kremer and his friends, Mieczyslaw Weinberg is no longer obscure but a musical giant, waiting to be discovered.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Going Off On A Tangent Piano

By Norman Lebrecht on September 1, 2017

Adding pastel colours and a Cageian hint of unpredictability, "remarkably, the Tangent [piano] helps redeem this music from mediocrity."
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