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A Box Of Karl Böhm’s Late Recordings

Jeremy Lee writes

The circumstances for the reissue of these “late recordings” in a box set is rather curious.  Usually when a box set documenting the artistry of a legendary artist (in whole or in part) surfaces, its release date coincides with the anniversary year of that artist’s birth or death or other meaningful anniversaries.  Released in 2015, the present set seems Continue reading


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Lisitsa’s Chopin and Schumann Etudes

Leonard Ip writes [translated from the Chinese by Jeremy Lee]

Lisitsa’s path to success is so well-known that if you Google “the Youtube pianist”, the first page of search results will all show links with the name “Valentina Lisitsa”. In this new solo album, Valentina revisits Continue reading

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Bernard Haitink: The Symphony Edition


Jeremy Lee writes

Hard to believe, but Bernard Haitink has already been conducting for almost 60 years, and his time as the chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra (possibly the orchestra that he is most associated with) spanned a good 25 years.  To commemorate the Dutch maestro’s 85th birthday, Decca has Continue reading

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Uchida and Schumann: Waldszenen, Sonata No. 2, Gesänge der Frühe

Uchida Schumann

Leonard Ip writes

I’ve always seen Uchida as an artist with an exceptional personal style (but I hesitated to use the word “idiosyncratic”). Her technique — the tool for musical expression — is of such proficiency it’s hard to level any criticism on her performances, leaving one the only choice to say that Continue reading