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Featured Musician: A Maazel Celebration

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The discs under consideration here.

Jeremy Lee writes

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Chailly’s Brahms Serenades

Leonard Ip writes (translated from the Chinese by Jeremy Lee)

The relationship between Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig certainly bears some special sort of chemistry, given the success this musical marriage has enjoyed in these 10 years. Having recently recorded a complete Brahms cycle, Chailly and his Leipzig forces now Continue reading


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Yuja/Kavakos Brahms Sonatas

Leonard Ip writes (translated from the Chinese by Jeremy Lee)

Chamber music performed by starry solo artists are said to not mesh together as well as long-standing musical partnerships due to the incompatibility of individual artistic personalities. This may well be true, but I’m always willing to listen to these kinds of recordings because Continue reading


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DG’s Big Bernstein Box, Vol. 1

Jeremy Lee writes

I will start this review with a bold statement:  of all the oft-recorded conductors that have ever lived, no-one has had such a high proportion of great musicianship, great playing and great sonics in their discography than Leonard Bernstein on Deutsche Grammophon.  This is particularly remarkable given Continue reading


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Gergiev’s Brahms Requiem: So Bad It Cured My Writer’s Block

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Jeremy Lee writes

Every now and then, I run into a writer’s block, which renders me completely unable to draw on new inspiration and write a good review.  This has been happening for a bit more than two weeks now, and now that all my spare articles (written in a blaze of inspiration just in case such a writer’s block occurs) have run dry, Continue reading


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Giulini in Vienna

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Jeremy Lee writes

This 15CD box contains all of Giulini’s DG recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony, including his concerto recordings.  A substantial proportion of the recordings featuring the Vienna Philharmonic would be considered “Late Giulini” (around mid-1980s), a style that was Continue reading