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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Luigi Cherubini And Beethoven's Shadow

By Norman Lebrecht on January 26, 2020

Cherubini's D major symphony has big gestures and a few half-tunes, but nothing nutritious for the audience mind that Beethoven was awakening.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Vaughan Williams’ Pastoral Symphony Is More Relevant Now Than Ever

By Norman Lebrecht on January 17, 2020

With Australia in flames, Italian cities choked by smog and parts of Canada enjoying an unseasonal thaw, I’m listening to Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Pastoral Symphony, a lament for pre-1914 rhythms of life.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Riccardo Muti Clearly Gets Shostakovich’s Babi Yar

By Norman Lebrecht on January 10, 2020

Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony are totally convincing in this recording of Shostakovich: 13th Symphony ‘Babi Yar’.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | New Year Listening With Poulenc And Koechlin

By Norman Lebrecht on January 3, 2020

No happier way to start a year than Francis Poulenc, few grimmer than Charles Koechlin; Poulenc captivates, but tepid Koechlin is the sort of thing the BBC used to play to fill time up to the news.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Bedbug: Young Shostakovich Lets Rip With Irreverence And Invention

By Norman Lebrecht on December 20, 2019

Music by the young Dmitri Shostakovich, a dazzling talent strutting his stuff in the first decade of a revolution when all seemed possible and available — jobs for all, free meals at work, free love.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Mining The Corners Of Beethoven’s Chaotic Work Desk

By Norman Lebrecht on December 13, 2019

British pianists Peter Hill and Benjamin Frith reveal the genius in some of Beethoven's lesser known works on this Delphian release.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Three More Reasons For Mieczyslaw Weinberg

By Norman Lebrecht on December 6, 2019

Norman Lebrecht reviews three new recordings of the work of Polish-born Soviet composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A New Holiday Season Choral Release That Isn’t About Christmas

By Norman Lebrecht on November 29, 2019

The Purcell Singers latest release is a compelling spiritual journey through British and American choral works.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Soviet Era Composer Has The Enthusiasm, But Misses The Content

By Norman Lebrecht on November 22, 2019

Every composer suppressed by Stalin deserves to be remembered. Just how much musical attention they warrant is another matter; Alexander Veprik is a case in point.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Tale Of Three Recitals All At Once

By Norman Lebrecht on November 15, 2019

Something’s gone awry with Warner’s scheduling when they issue three violin-piano recitals at the same time (except one of them’s actually on cello). Something’s also skewed with the repertoire selection.
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