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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Bavarian Radio Chorus Will Need To Brush Up When Sir Simon Rattle Arrives

By Norman Lebrecht on January 15, 2021

The Bavarian Radio Chorus offers an unexpected, untaxing and altogether enjoyable collection of Elgar choral works.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Caprices and Laments: No Way A Clarinet Is Going To Let This Music End Without A Howl

By Norman Lebrecht on January 8, 2021

Clarinettist Maximiliano Martín joined here by the symphony orchestra of his native Tenerife in three works that truly cover the gamut of human emotion.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Pianist Bertrand Chamayou Is One To Watch For 2021

By Norman Lebrecht on January 1, 2021

The beauty of this compilation by the French pianist Bertrand Chamayou is that it leads the ear down unexpected paths.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Ralph Vaughan Williams Ticks All the Boxes For The End Of 2020

By Norman Lebrecht on December 24, 2020

At its world premiere, a critic called the music ‘benedictory and consoling’, a phrase that echoed in my mind as I listened to Ralph Vaughan Williams 5th symphony's latest recording in a state of COVID siege.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | One Of The Year’s Most Atmospheric Releases

By Norman Lebrecht on December 18, 2020

Smart and Uttley find common ground in composers from both sides of the Atlantic for one of the year’s most atmospheric releases.
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HOT TAKE | James Ehnes And Stewart Goodyear Set The Virtual Standard For Beethoven 250

By Stephan Bonfield on December 15, 2020

Violinist James Ehnes and pianist Stewart Goodyear’s marathon recital series of all ten Beethoven violin sonatas over three days is part of Koerner Hall’s Beethoven 250 series.
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SCRUTINY | Against the Grain’s ‘Messiah/Complex’ Finds A Radical Strength

By Stephan Bonfield on December 14, 2020

Against the Grain’s reimagining of Handel's classic offers a way forward in our conflicted land.
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SCRUTINY | Opera Atelier Embraces The Digital With Beautiful ‘Something Rich & Strange’

By Paula Citron on December 14, 2020

There is mostly good news, and a little not so good news, about Opera Atelier’s 'Something Rich & Strange'.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Giya Kancheli And The Music That Refused To Fade

By Norman Lebrecht on December 11, 2020

Ostensibly gentle and relaxing, Giya Kancheli's music conveys an inner tension, an unstated mortal threat.
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SCRUTINY | Twelve Theatres Come Together For ‘A Global Hanukkah Celebration’

By Paula Citron on December 7, 2020

The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company has put together a Global Hanukkah Celebration involving 12 Jewish theatres from ten countries.
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