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LEBRECHT LISTENS | What's Wrong With Luxembourg Philharmonic's Shostakovich?

By Norman Lebrecht on May 26, 2017

Great recordings are easy to review. Likewise bad ones. About 99.5 percent of all releases fall somewhere in between. This is one of them.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Kathleen Ferrier Was A Voice To Remember

By Norman Lebrecht on May 19, 2017

"She simply soars." An upcoming release of English contralto Kathleen Ferrier includes six new tracks poised to keep this musical marvel alive.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | "How Will I Ever Find ‘Impromptu’ Again"?

By Norman Lebrecht on May 12, 2017

"A fabulous pianist, incapable of touching an ugly note, Wosner interleaves miniatures of Schubert with matching — at times, surprising — snips by Dvorak, Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, Gershwin and Charles Ives," say Norman Lebrecht.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Alexander Lokshin Album Release An Icebreaker

By Norman Lebrecht on April 28, 2017

A five-star offering of music by Alexander Lokshin — a composer uncompromising in his reckless independence.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Luca Buratto: Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover

By Norman Lebrecht on April 21, 2017

Do not be put off by the cover. This is a fantastic release by a pianist wise beyond his years.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak Has Never Sounded Sweeter

By Norman Lebrecht on April 13, 2017

Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak has never sounded sweeter or more comfortable in album of works by eminent Polish composer Karol Szymanowski.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Everywhere You Look Is Rachmaninov, Rachmaninov, Rachmaninov

By Norman Lebrecht on April 7, 2017

Khatia Buniatishvili and Paavo Järvi team up for a brilliant contemporary take on Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos 1 and 2, yet after three hearings, it's curiously unmemorable.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | One Of The Great Requiems Of My Life

By Norman Lebrecht on March 31, 2017

Norman Lebrecht wraps his ears around Verdi's Requiem via the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianndrea Noseda.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Expect Yo-Yo Ma's Latest To Be A Big Hit At Dinner Parties

By Norman Lebrecht on March 24, 2017

It's hard to know whether to give this confection one star or five.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Jonas Kaufmann's Mahler Admirable, But Misguided

By Norman Lebrecht on March 17, 2017

This is one of those treasurable major-label releases, made with the best of intentions, in which everything turns out wrong.
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