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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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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Why Hollywood Blacklisted Composer Hanns Eisler Still Matters

By Norman Lebrecht on March 10, 2017

A new recording featuring works by McCarthy era target Hanns Eisler serves as a reminder of a voice that deserves reintroduction.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Nadia Boulanger Was A Composer Too?

By Norman Lebrecht on March 3, 2017

Two new recordings uncover French pedagogue Nadia Boulanger was more than just a legendary teacher, but a fine composer as well.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | You Can't Ignore Boris Tishchenko

By Norman Lebrecht on February 24, 2017

The eighth symphony, written in 2008 when Boris Tishchenko was mortally ill, draws the ear into an eerie landscape of ghosts, trolls, and spooks.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Now We Know Why This Bartók Was Forgotten

By Norman Lebrecht on February 17, 2017

The Berlin-based Notos Quartett's debut recording wins kudos for uncovering an ‘unusual’ set of Bartók works, but ultimately it fails to deliver.
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