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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Pleasant Surprise From Nico Muhly And Philip Glass

By Norman Lebrecht on July 16, 2021

Finnish virtuoso Pekka Kuusisto turned for his premiere to Nico Muhly, a New York composer who used to assist Philip Glass, and has augmented this album with works by his minimalist master.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Wake Up And Smell The Coffee Album

By Michael Vincent on July 9, 2021

A wake up and smell the coffee album, glistening with the swaying hips of a summer’s night on the Copacabana.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Nino Rota Keeps Us On Our Toes With Quicksilver Inspirations

By Norman Lebrecht on July 2, 2021

An all-star cast of Berlin Philharmonic principals and pals trains the spotlight on a pair of trios and a nonet that Nino Rota wrote in Bari at the peak of his film productivity.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Why Don’t They Play This Music Over Airport Speakers?

By Norman Lebrecht on June 25, 2021

If you are ever asked at Heathrow Airport to prove your residency by naming a work of English music, this album will do nicely.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Vadim Gluzman’s Beethoven And Schnittke Is A Highlight Of The Year (So Far)

By Norman Lebrecht on June 18, 2021

Vadim Gluzman gives a gripping reading of Beethoven and Schnittke concertos, with aptly restrained support from the Lucerne orchestra and conductor James Gaffigan.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Reviving Europe’s Forgotten Female Composer

By Norman Lebrecht on June 11, 2021

Vítězslava Kaprálová was a talent of rare eloquence and self-possession, too good to remain lost in the mists of time.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | This COVID-Year Album Is Demonstrably Irresistible

By Norman Lebrecht on June 4, 2021

This COVID-year album by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and their departing conductor Vasily Petrenko is demonstrably irresistible.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Peteris Vasks: There Is Always Hope Somewhere On A Baltic Shore

By Norman Lebrecht on May 28, 2021

Latvia’s answer to Estonia’s Arvo Pärt, Vasks writes long, slow, contemplative works with a strong feeling for lakes, forests and landscape.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Capturing The Spirit Of Our Times, But Is Classical Music Listening?

By Norman Lebrecht on May 21, 2021

Will Liverman, a baritone much seen at the Met, has chosen songs by Black composers of two or three generations, songs that undermine the whiter-than-white settings of bygone years.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Five Star Argument For Prokofiev Over Stravinsky

By Norman Lebrecht on May 14, 2021

Gloriously shaped by Vasily Petrenko and magnificently played by the Oslo Philharmonic, awarding the fifth star for this release was an easy decision.
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