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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Please Don’t Tell Me You’ve Never Heard Of Otto Zykan

By Norman Lebrecht on May 8, 2020

The magnificent Heinrich Schiff premieres Viennese composer Otto M. Zykan's work for a musical conversation at a level we just don’t hear anymore.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | You Need To Add Paul Dessau To Your Lockdown Playlist

By Norman Lebrecht on April 24, 2020

This recording of chamber music offers a tantalising taste of Paul Dessau - a composer of fizzing vitality and originality we need to hear more of.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Howard Skempton Offers A Different Angle Of Contemplation For Times Of Isolation

By Norman Lebrecht on April 17, 2020

British minimalist composer Howard Skempton's 24 Preludes and Fugues showcases a musical mind working with the simplest of materials.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Peter Jablonski’s Scriabin Is One Of The Years Best (So Far)

By Norman Lebrecht on April 10, 2020

If you think Scriabin is best taken in small doses, Peter Jablonski's Mazurkas may leave you hungering for more.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Composer For Hard Times And Isolation

By Norman Lebrecht on April 3, 2020

In isolation, Viktor Ullmann dug deep and found wit and humour, his music persuasively interpreted in this Berlin Classics recording.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | What Can You Do With 3 Sopranos And 2 Altos? Be inventive, That’s What

By Norman Lebrecht on March 27, 2020

The all-women quintet Papagena have come up with a range of unaccompanied songs, settings and original commissions that often takes the breath away.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | One Of The Blessings Of Social Isolation Is The Time To Listen

By Norman Lebrecht on March 20, 2020

Listening carefully to the Lutoslawski symphonies brings rewards that I failed to remember from past live hearings.
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SCRUTINY | A Supremely Talented Cast And High Octane Dance Make Summer A Hit

By Paula Citron on March 14, 2020

With a supremely talented cast and high octane dance, Summer is a fitting tribute to the Queen of Disco.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Víkingur Ólafsson Is Putting Iceland On The Classical Music Map

By Norman Lebrecht on March 13, 2020

Víkingur Ólafsson has taken a pair of French composers two centuries apart and effectively melded their music into one by the simple method of interleaving short pieces across a whole album.
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SCRUTINY | Ratmansky’s Choreography And Wonderful Performances Light Up The NBC's Romeo And Juliet

By Paula Citron on March 12, 2020

Ratmansky’s choreography, Prokofiev’s glorious music, and wonderful performances by dancers Elena Lobsanova and an ageless Guillaume Côté make for pure stage magic in the National Ballet's 'Romeo and Juliet'.
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