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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Walton In His Finest Hour

By Norman Lebrecht on July 21, 2017

A fine selection of Walton's major orchestral works, in a standout reading by Anthony Marwood and the BBC Scottish Symphony.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Ludmila Berlinskaya: Pasternak And Scriabin (Melodiya)

By Norman Lebrecht on April 1, 2016

"If you have even the slightest interest in Russian civilisation, you will need to experience this music without delay."
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Why Hollywood Blacklisted Composer Hanns Eisler Still Matters

By Norman Lebrecht on March 10, 2017

A new recording featuring works by McCarthy era target Hanns Eisler serves as a reminder of a voice that deserves reintroduction.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Wihan Quartet: Dvořák/Janáček (Nimbus Alliance)

By Norman Lebrecht on February 2, 2016

It must be something in the plum juice that produces, generation after generation, a cluster of distinctive string quartets from the country constituted as the Czech Republic. There is nothing like a Czech string quartet. It’s a generic school of ensemble playing that aligns all the right accents to a witty, virile expressiveness and an almost effortless panache.
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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 | TSO's Celebratory Vaughan Williams Is A Desert Island Disc

By Norman Lebrecht on June 8, 2018

This celebratory release completing Peter Oundjian's fourteen-year tenure as Music Director of the TSO is a fitting tribute to his legacy.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Daniil Trifonov Never Lets Us Down

By Norman Lebrecht on October 13, 2017

The 2011 Tchaikovsky winner has lost none of his capacity to surprise.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Dmitri Hvorostovsky Imposingly Authoritative In New Release

By Norman Lebrecht on June 9, 2017

Is there a better living singer of Russian Lieder? New release by baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky singing Georgy Sviridov is short but powerful.
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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 | The Long-Forgotten Carbonelli

By Norman Lebrecht on June 16, 2017

Never heard of Carbonelli? Don’t feel too bad about it.
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