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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Cellist Steven Isserlis Takes Us Into New Mood Territory

By Norman Lebrecht on September 28, 2018

Steven Isserlis modest Chopin and Schubert cello-piano recital with Dénes Várjon highlights two fine musicians at the peak of their powers.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Elgar Remastered (Somm)

By Norman Lebrecht on August 26, 2016

★★★★ (out of five) Elgar Remastered: a 4-CD box set that will keep you warm through the winter.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Has Renée Fleming Played To Her Weaknesses In Album Covering Björk?

By Norman Lebrecht on February 3, 2017

"It would be a pity if her legacy on Decca was to be concluded by this album," says Norman Lebrecht in a review of Renée Fleming's new album.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Perfect Chill-Out Music By György Kurtág

By Norman Lebrecht on October 28, 2016

Nothing eases the brain so gently and effectively as the crafted, thoughtful noises of György Kurtág.
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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 | Stephen Hough Reminds Us What Dreams Are Made Of

By Norman Lebrecht on May 25, 2018

Stephen Hough's Dream Album features morsels by composers great and small, each evoking a trance-like state between sleep and wakefulness.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | You Can Hardly Tell It’s Stravinsky

By Norman Lebrecht on January 13, 2018

Not another Rite! I hear you cry. Indeed not. This immaculate performance by Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra eschews the usual brutality.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | For Paul Ben-Haim, Timing Was Everything

By Norman Lebrecht on June 30, 2017

At no point in either of these works does it feel Paul Ben-Haim is going on too long — and of how many composers can that be said?
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | What's Got Into Cecilia Bartoli And Sol Gabetta?

By Norman Lebrecht on November 17, 2017

Parasols And beach bikes? Superstars Cecilia Bartoli and Sol Gabetta team up for something very different.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Alisa Weilerstein's "Transfigured Night" Should Be A Top-Drawer Recommendation

By Norman Lebrecht on July 27, 2018

Weilerstein’s first album with Pentatone and the Trondheim Soloists should be a top-drawer recommendation, but it lacks the power needed for a convincing exploration of Viennese musical heritage.
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