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Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres
“Rossini: Amici e Rivali”
In the competitive operatic CD landscape, the frequent “best of” or “highlight” recordings have become a repetitive and uninspiring drag. Erato’s just released “Rossini: Amici e Rivali” featuring Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres stands out not just thanks to its
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Duncan Honeybourne’s Contemporary Piano Soundbites
A musician supports musician friends and colleagues during lockdown There have been many musical initiatives during the national lockdowns in response to coronavirus as musicians and others have sought to keep the music playing and to remind audiences that even
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The Austrian Connection
Haydn, Mozart, Schubert & Gál – Sarah Beth Briggs, piano
British pianist Sarah Beth Briggs has built her reputation on performing and recording on the “core canon” of piano repertoire and has a particular affinity with the music of Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. Her playing is always elegant and tasteful,
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Good Night!
Bertrand Chamayou’s Selection of Lullabies
This captivating, engrossing album of lullabies, or berceuses, will make you want to ease back in your chair, or retreat to somewhere more comfortable – perhaps a chaise longue, or even your bed. Turn the lights low and allow French
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Encounter – Igor Levit
Pianist Igor Levit is one of the heroes of lockdown – a “key worker”, if you will (!), who provided comfort and distraction in those anxious, early days of the pandemic. At a time when the concert halls of the
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Ravel: Le Langage des Fleurs
Ann Martin-Davis, piano
Maurice Ravel has been an enduring part of British pianist Ann Martin-Davis’ musical life and in the liner notes to her new collection of his piano music, she relates an anecdote which gave her a particularly special connection to the
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A Zoom Opera
“It truly is a show that is utterly current and one where you want to know what happens next.” Over the weekend, the Janiec Opera at the Brevard Music Center did an experiment in producing opera in a new format:
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“32 Masterpieces” – Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Jonathan Biss, Piano
the intensity of my current immersion with his music has become one of the most profound experiences of my life.Jonathan Biss For American pianist Jonathan Biss, Beethoven has been a near-constant companion for almost his entire life. He has been
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