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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 | Joseph Haydn: Violin concertos (Panclassics)

By Norman Lebrecht on May 13, 2016

★★★★ (out of five) Why are orchestra chiefs still afraid of Joseph Haydn?
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Daniel Grimwood Blows The Cobwebs Off Henselt

By Norman Lebrecht on December 2, 2016

Daniel Grimwood shines a light on the music of Adolph von Henselt, one of the most admired Romantic composers and piano virtuosi of the 19th century.
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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 | Yevgeny Sudbin: Medtner & Rachmaninov (Bis)

By Norman Lebrecht on February 16, 2016

Most concert pianists are like modern tennis players. They know that only two or three men and women are ever going to win the major tournaments, which leaves all the rest working harder each day in vain pursuit of an inhuman perfection and an inexhaustible hope.
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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 | Vilde Frang: Come For The Bartók, Stay For The Enescu

By Norman Lebrecht on September 7, 2018

The first Bartók concerto, a youthful effusion of innocent love, is not going to change our lives. The Geroge Enescu Octet, on the other hand, might.
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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 | 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 | Anonymous: Six Concertos (CPO)

By Norman Lebrecht on May 27, 2016

★★★ (out of five) The best fun I’ve had all week is trying to identify the composers of six 18th-century concertos that have turned up in the vaults of the Saxon State University library in Dresden.
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