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It’s not easy to blur the line between dreams and illusions, but Ali Smith succeeds effortlessly. “It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times.” So begins ...

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    It’s not easy to blur the line between dreams and illusions, but Ali Smith succeeds effortlessly. “It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times.” So begins Smith’s novel and we don’t know what’s really going on with Daniel Gluck, the protagonist. He is naked at the beach, a place with hallucinating ...
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    Currentzis seems to shock and awe with each new release. I had been eagerly anticipating this Tchaikovsky release, having been exposed to the conductor’s introspective rendition of the Violin Concerto with Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Surprisingly, this performance of the Pathetique doesn’t shock -always in a positive way-  with its idiosyncrasies (there are only a few), but ...
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    Trifonov has already established himself as a leading pianist of our generation and this release has been met with some great reviews. What we have here is an arrangement of the Chopin concertos by Pletnev and some minor solo pieces by different composers, all resembling Chopin’s style. The solo playing is technically impeccable, clear and ...
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    Music review: Krystian Zimerman, Schubert Sonatas D959 D960   These are very interesting interpretations of the last two Schubert sonatas. Zimerman has always been what I’d call a lyrical thinker of the piano repertoire. His performances seem very well thought out and planned, yet they remain flowing and graceful. The same is true here. There ...
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