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RECORD KEEPING | Did Mariss Jansons Make The Right Choice? Munich And Amsterdam Go Head-To-Head

By Paul E. Robinson on September 19, 2016

Did Mariss Jansons make the right decision in opting for Munich over Amsterdam? On the evidence of these two new recordings, there is no clear-cut answer.
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RECORD KEEPING | Manfred Honeck Injects Fire Into Strauss Elektra Release

By Paul E. Robinson on January 24, 2017

Manfred Honeck conducts Elektra with fire and authority, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra responds appropriately; this is exciting music-making.
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RECORD KEEPING | New Biography From Bernstein's Valet Casts Light On His Hard Living Years

By Paul E. Robinson on May 23, 2018

"Please look after my music" — Leonard Bernstein last words to his long-time assistant Charlie Harmon, who has finally broken his silence in a tell-all biography extolling the challenges of living with a genius on the cusp of legacy.
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RECORD KEEPING | Dvořák: Stabat mater, Op. 58 - Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

By Paul E. Robinson on March 28, 2016

Dvořák: Stabat mater, Op. 58 - Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra: "Beautiful and profound music-making that well deserves repeated hearings."
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RECORD KEEPING | Daniil Trifonov: The Magic Of Music/Rachmaninov Variations

By Paul E. Robinson on January 1, 2016

Daniil Trifonov burst onto the scene a few seasons back and has quickly become the Superstar du jour. Is he the real thing or just a shooting star whose light will soon fade? Too early to tell. But these two new recordings give ample evidence of who he is now and what he is capable of doing.
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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 | Alexei Ogrintchouk Provides A Convincing Argument For Late Era Richard Strauss

By Paul E. Robinson on May 30, 2018

This new recording with Alexei Ogrintchouk, principal oboist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, accompanied by colleagues from the RCO and conducted by Andris Nelsons. offers a detailed and intense performance of Richard Strauss later works.
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RECORD KEEPING | Some Of The Finest Beethoven We Have Ever Heard

By Paul E. Robinson on October 18, 2017

Now, at the age of 46, Kissin is again recording for DG, and this new all-Beethoven release confirms his stature as an artist of the first rank.
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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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RECORD KEEPING | Why We Can't Stop Listening To Pianist Stewart Goodyear’s Homage To Glenn Gould

By John Terauds on April 5, 2018

"For Glenn Gould" provides his own clear-headed renderings that make as much sense as the original, yet sound only like Goodyear.
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