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James Levine plays…Scott Joplin?


Jeremy Lee writes

James Levine enjoyed a long and fruitful association with RCA in the analog years, recording amongst other things cycles of Mahler, Brahms and Schumann symphonies, several Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Mozart symphonies, as well as Continue reading



Comprehensive Review: Orff’s Carmina Burana


Jeremy Lee writes

Orff’s You-Know-What:  to many, all you have to do is mention the composer Orff to a casual classical music lover and immediately you will get one of two responses:  Carmina Burana, or O Fortuna.  In fact Carmina Burana (which is, to those of you who don’t know better, Continue reading

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A Great Time with Levine’s Gershwin

Jeremy Lee writes

I think this is my third article on Gershwin, but I’m not bored with this fascinating composer just yet:  there are just so many great, idiomatic recordings of this genius’s music calling for our attention (not that there aren’t any other composers which I would say the same for).  This album by Levine and the Chicagoans is Continue reading


Ein Deutsches Requiem: A comprehensive review

Jeremy Lee writes

After a brief hiatus, here’s Top Ear’s second comprehensive, this time on 12 different recordings of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, purely a labour of love of Brahms’ music.

Just a few of the recordings reviewed here

The work, whose conception and progress was apparently spurred by the notion of Brahms’ mother’s eminent death as well as a work by Schumann of a similar title, remains to this day one of his finest achievements and testimony of his study in counterpoint, as well as one of the Continue reading