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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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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Chronicles Of Vitezslava Kapralova

By Norman Lebrecht on February 10, 2017

A new recording by pianist Giorgio Koukl puts the spotlight on the legendary life of Czech composer Vitezslava Kapralova.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Has Renée Fleming Played To Her Weaknesses In Album Covering Björk?

By Norman Lebrecht on February 3, 2017

"It would be a pity if her legacy on Decca was to be concluded by this album," says Norman Lebrecht in a review of Renée Fleming's new album.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Naxos Records Releases Go-To Recording Of Bernstein Symphonies 1 and 2

By Norman Lebrecht on January 27, 2017

Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony revive Bernstein Symphonies 1 and 2 with soloists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Jennifer Johnson Cano.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | If You Don't Know The Name "Mieczyslaw Weinberg", You Should

By Norman Lebrecht on January 20, 2017

Today, thanks largely to proselytism by Gidon Kremer and his friends, Mieczyslaw Weinberg is no longer obscure but a musical giant, waiting to be discovered.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Boris Giltburg's Shostakovich's Piano Concertos "Almost Faultless"

By Norman Lebrecht on January 13, 2017

Boris Giltburg joins the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in a new Naxos release that may make you rethink the standard approach to Shostakovich's Piano Concertos.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Guglielmo Ratcliff A Real Delight On Record

By Norman Lebrecht on January 6, 2017

2015 Wexford Festival Opera production of the rarely performed Pietro Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff might be a long evening at the opera but on record, time moves quickly.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Natalie Dessay Returns With "Odd" Album Of American Songs

By Norman Lebrecht on December 30, 2016

Natalie Dessay makes her Sony Classical debut with a new release featuring the Paris Mozart Orchestra and 2 Jazz Musicians.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Zuzana Ruzickova's Lifetime Obsession With Bach Yields Incredible Results

By Norman Lebrecht on December 16, 2016

Newly remastered 20-CD Box of Bach recordings marks the 90th birthday of the great Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova.
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LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Best And The Worst Classical Music Albums Of 2016 (Alternative Cuts)

By Norman Lebrecht on December 9, 2016

And the best classical music album of the year is...
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