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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Walton In His Finest Hour

By Norman Lebrecht on July 21, 2017

A fine selection of Walton's major orchestral works, in a standout reading by Anthony Marwood and the BBC Scottish Symphony.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Unearthing A Real-Life Collaboration

By Norman Lebrecht on July 14, 2017

The revered German baritone sings an intimate program with his musical and life partners. A forgotten capture amid 1989 Germany.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Casting Gloom In A Different Light

By Norman Lebrecht on July 7, 2017

Cellist Christian Poltéra sheds light on two gloomy concertos.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | For Paul Ben-Haim, Timing Was Everything

By Norman Lebrecht on June 30, 2017

At no point in either of these works does it feel Paul Ben-Haim is going on too long — and of how many composers can that be said?
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Songs By Richard Strauss Are Not For Wallflowers

By Norman Lebrecht on June 23, 2017

English soprano Louise Alder, who made an opera debut as Glyndebourne’s stand-in Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier in 2014, sounds undaunted by anything Strauss can throw at her.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Long-Forgotten Carbonelli

By Norman Lebrecht on June 16, 2017

Never heard of Carbonelli? Don’t feel too bad about it.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Dmitri Hvorostovsky Imposingly Authoritative In New Release

By Norman Lebrecht on June 9, 2017

Is there a better living singer of Russian Lieder? New release by baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky singing Georgy Sviridov is short but powerful.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | BBC Scottish Symphony Take Ravel And De Falla To Riveting Heights

By Norman Lebrecht on June 2, 2017

There is much competition in epic performances of the Ravel G major – Rubinstein, Michelangeli, de Larrocha – but I am not sure I have ever heard a more riveting reading of the left-hand concerto.
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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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