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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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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Lutoslawski: NDR Symphony Orchestra/Krzysztof Urbanski (Alpha)

By Norman Lebrecht on April 8, 2016

The Hamburg-based NDR Symphony Orchestra play with high bloom and precision for Krysztof Urbanski, a fast-rising Polish conductor of a new generation.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Nikolaus Harnoncourt: Beethoven Symphonies 4 and 5 (Sony)

By Norman Lebrecht on May 6, 2016

★★★★ (out of five) The last recording by the late great Nikolaus Harnoncourt with Concentus Musicus Wien.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Songs By Richard Strauss Are Not For Wallflowers

By Norman Lebrecht on June 23, 2017

English soprano Louise Alder, who made an opera debut as Glyndebourne’s stand-in Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier in 2014, sounds undaunted by anything Strauss can throw at her.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Pretty Yende: A Journey (Sony Classical)

By Norman Lebrecht on September 30, 2016

At barely an hour this album is short measure, but this is a voice that must be heard. Not a minute to lose...
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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 | Bela Bartók: 44 Duos (Decca)

By Norman Lebrecht on February 9, 2016

It has been an age since I looked to my shelves for a work by a major composer and found that, after 40 years of building a library, I don’t have it. Nor, so far as I recall, have I ever heard it, either in concert or on radio (though a few recordings do exist)...
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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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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Best And The Worst Classical Music Albums Of 2016 (Alternative Cuts)

By Norman Lebrecht on December 9, 2016

And the best classical music album of the year is...
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | BBC Scottish Symphony Take Ravel And De Falla To Riveting Heights

By Norman Lebrecht on June 2, 2017

There is much competition in epic performances of the Ravel G major – Rubinstein, Michelangeli, de Larrocha – but I am not sure I have ever heard a more riveting reading of the left-hand concerto.
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