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A Knockout Shostakovich 4th from Lazarev


Jeremy Lee writes

Alexander Lazarev is undoubtedly one of the great Shostakovich conductors of our time. In 2010 I went to a concert of Lazarev conducting the Hong Kong Philharmonic in the 11th symphony (a work he recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra on Linn) and was thrilled by the raw power and excitement Lazarev got from the orchestra, and Continue reading

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Gerd Albrecht’s Grieg and Bizet Suites: An Expensive Indulgence


Jeremy Lee writes

These are excellent performances of warhorse pieces that have been recorded and performed too many times.  Gerd Albrecht is an underrated conductor.  Never mannered or calculated, always inspired, spontaneous, and natural, he was able to keep the music consistently fresh by employing lively and flowing tempi and Continue reading

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Colin Davis’ LSO Mozart Requiem


Jeremy Lee writes

Colin Davis was, of course, no mean Mozartian.  Apart from his universally acclaimed series of the operas, he was an intelligent accompanist to the concerti (Grumiaux and Larrocha to name two), and produced a glorious set of late symphonies with the Staatskapelle Dresden on Philips.  Of the Requiem, he recorded Continue reading


Inbal’s TMSO Shostakovich 4


Jeremy Lee writes

First and foremost, an apology for the long hiatus that has preceded this review.  As the holidays commence (after a fantastically busy semester), we’ll have much more time to listen and write.

With that, let us turn our attention to Eliahu Inbal, a conductor whose recordings received international attention in the 1970s and 80s with high-profile accompaniment engagements (most notably the Chopin concertos with Arrau) and symphony cycles of Continue reading