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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Incredible Crash Of William Sterndale Bennett

By Norman Lebrecht on March 2, 2018

The first three piano concertos, revived by Howard Shelley and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, reveal why Bennett was so highly rated in his teens and why he so quickly crashed.
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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 | Michael Nyman: The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Naxos)

By Norman Lebrecht on September 9, 2016

★★ (out of five) Despite an overly aggressive piano and indistinct diction, this new release is a reminder of the need to revive a modern opera that manages to be both intelligent and emotional, a rare feat.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Jean Sibelius: Symphonies 3, 6 and 7 (Bis)

By Norman Lebrecht on July 29, 2016

★★★★ (out of five) The Minnesota Orchestra’s partnership with the Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä is a treasure of our times.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Nemtanu Sisters Give Us Another Reason To Get Into Martinu

By Norman Lebrecht on March 23, 2018

Sisters Deborah and Sarah Nemtanu, two French Romanians with geographic roots close to the composer, give us a reason why fall in love with Martinu all over again.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | New Berlioz: Les Troyens Album Floats In A Sea Of Unnecessary Releases

By Norman Lebrecht on November 3, 2017

Almost every new release I sampled this week should never have been made. One album after another lacked conviction, coherence and, sometimes, pulse. All except one: Berlioz: Les Troyens.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Cello Rush With Laura Van Der Heijden Leading The Pack

By Norman Lebrecht on January 5, 2018

Album of the week is, outstandingly, a record debut by BBC Young Musician winner Laura Van Der Heijden with pianist Petr Limonov (Champs Hill ★★★★)
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Is This The Holy Grail Of Mahler 3 Recordings?

By Ludwig Van on May 5, 2017

If you listen just to the second disc in this package, you may soon be convinced that this is the long-awaited holy grail of a perfect Mahler Third.
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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 | Glazunov, Khachaturian: Violin concertos (Avanti)

By Norman Lebrecht on July 1, 2016

★★★★ (out of five) The archetype Russian violin concerto — Tchaikovsky’s — looms so large over the musical landscape that all others seem no more than sidebars.
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