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RECORD KEEPING | Lisa Batiashvili And Daniel Barenboim A Deadly Combination In New DG Release

By Paul E. Robinson on January 3, 2017

Deutsche Grammophon releases near-definitive recordings of the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius violin concertos, with Lisa Batiashvili as soloist.
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RECORD KEEPING | Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck

By Paul E. Robinson on January 30, 2016

This week, I would like to draw your attention to a new CD featuring Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburg Symphony. Honeck, who used to play violin with the Vienna Philharmonic, has recently emerged as a major conductor. The Pittsburg Symphony, which has an illustrious history playing under legendary figures such as Fritz Reiner, William Steinberg, Lorin Maazel, Andre Previn and Mariss Jansons, has already made some exceptionally good recordings of music by Richard Strauss, Dvořák, Janáček and Bruckner under Honeck’s direction.
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RECORD KEEPING | Pianist David Jalbert Dances His Way Through The Early 20th Century At The Keyboard

By John Terauds on October 28, 2017

Ottawa-based pianist David Jalbert tackles formidable Russian ballet piano transcriptions in his latest album from Montreal label ATMA Classique.
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RECORD KEEPING | Tchaikovsky's Top Three Ballet Scores

By Paul E. Robinson on July 15, 2017

Coinciding with conductor Neeme Järvi's 80th birthday, this rebundled release of Tchaikovsky's great ballet scores gets top marks.
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RECORD KEEPING | The Emerson String Quartet Go All English For Anniversary Release

By Paul E. Robinson on May 16, 2017

The Emerson String Quartet celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new release featuring repertoire never before recorded by the quartet.
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RECORD KEEPING | Paul Merkelo/Montreal Symphony Orchestra

By Paul E. Robinson on February 13, 2016

With his colleagues in the MSO, under the direction of Kent Nagano, Merkelo delivers near-definitive performances of three classics of the Twentieth Century trumpet repertoire, with rich and detailed sound quality provided by Analekta.
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RECORD KEEPING | NAC Orchestra Encounters Bad Program Notes But Good Music

By Paul E. Robinson on March 1, 2018

"This kind of bafflegab was of no use to me before I heard the piece and after listening to it, I still haven’t the faintest idea what she is talking about."
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RECORD KEEPING | Nézet-Séguin's Bernstein Mass Is An Electric Journey Into Existential Angst

By Paul E. Robinson on May 11, 2018

Under the baton of Nézet-Séguin, Bernstein’s Mass is a remarkable amalgam of religious ritual and Broadway theatrics with a universal message.
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RECORD KEEPING | Montreal Symphony Orchestra: Saint-Saëns/Moussa/Saariaho

By Paul E. Robinson on February 20, 2016

A review of the inaugural concert of the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique at Maison symphonique de Montréal, which features the great organists Oliver Latry and Jean-Willy Kunz alongside the MSO and Kent Nagano.
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RECORD KEEPING | Daniel Barenboim Releases First Recording On His Controversial Piano

By Paul E. Robinson on January 29, 2017

Daniel Barenboim's new Maene-Barenboim piano has received a lot of media hype in the piano world. But is justified?
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