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RECORD KEEPING | Simon Rattle's French Venture into London Symphony Orchestra Territory

By Paul E. Robinson on August 29, 2017

The conductor gives a taste of his upcoming tenure at the LSO, blending accessibility with imaginative programming and execution.
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RECORD KEEPING | OSM Releases Bernstein's A Quiet Place, But Will It Win New Friends?

By Paul E. Robinson on July 15, 2018

Marking Bernstein 100th-anniversary year, the Montréal Symphony's new recording of A Quiet Place is played with care and authority, but its structural problems are difficult to surpass.
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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 | Karajan’s Ring Gets The High End Audio Treatment

By Paul E. Robinson on September 24, 2017

While Deutsche Grammophon's new audiophile quality Karajan release is a welcome addition to his Ring legacy, it suffers in more ways than one.
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RECORD KEEPING | Music For A Summer's Evening

By Paul E. Robinson on August 10, 2016

Three new Classical Gypsy Music releases to match the summer heat.
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RECORD KEEPING | Remember When? A Look Back At Emil Gilels With A New Archival Release

By Paul E. Robinson on September 26, 2016

It's rough around the edges, but this new Emil Gilels release by Deutsche Grammophon stirs memories well worth revisiting.
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RECORD KEEPING | Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky/Dvořák (Reference Recordings)

By Paul E. Robinson on May 1, 2016

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck don't hide the passion in new recording of Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 and Dvořák's Rusalka Fantasy.
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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 | A Top Shelf Nielsen From Dausgaard And The Seattle Symphony

By Paul E. Robinson on February 5, 2018

While there have been other fine recorded performances of Nielsen’s Fourth, Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony, combining virtuosic playing with the flying by the seat of your pants abandon of a live performance, give us one that ranks right up there with the best of them.
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RECORD KEEPING | Simon Rattle Conducts Beethoven's Symphonies 1–9

By Paul E. Robinson on June 27, 2016

After thirteen years at the helm of the Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle and his orchestra have produced their own Beethoven cycle. Extras include a video introduction with Sir Simon Rattle and a documentary about the making of the recordings with many interviews and glimpses behind-the-scenes.
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