Barenboim, Brahms, The Symphonies

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This is Brahms as it should be. Bold, grand, shamelessly romantic. Of course, Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin have given us first-rate symphony cycles...

Nelsons, Shostakovich Symphonies 4 & 11

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First the good news: This Shostakovich album by Nelsons is better recorded than the previous releases in this set (symphonies 5, 8, 9 and...

Ari Aster, “Hereditary”

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Title: Heredirary Director: Ari Aster Release date: 2018 So much has already been written about Hereditary: for some, it’s the new Exorcist, for others it’s a combination...

Η Διαδοχή

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Τίτλος: Η Διαδοχή (Hereditary) Σκηνοθέτης: Ari Aster Παραγωγή:2018 Πολλά έχουν ειπωθεί για την ταινία τρόμου Η Διαδοχή. Η νέα Λάμψη, ο νέος Εξορκιστής, το νέο Μωρό της...

Tommy Orange, There There

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Title: There There Author: Tommy Orange Published: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018 This is Tommy Orange's debut novel and what a debut it is. What we have here is a...

Tara Isabella Burton, Social Creature

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One could argue that admiration and jealousy between friends have existed since the beginning of time, but the burst of social media has exacerbated...

Bruckner Symphony 8 – Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

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"Bruckner's Eighth Symphony is the zenith of symphonic writing." — Sergiu Celibidache Is this the best symphony ever written? Quite possibly: even if it is...

Christian Lindberg, Steppenwolf

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It's no surprise that this disc is immediately accessible and a joy to listen to. Lindberg's own compositions have always been a rewarding experience,...

Lisa Halliday, Asymmetry

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A lot has been written about this book. Its title is Asymmetry, and this applies to its structure, content and meaning. The first part...

Brabbins, Ferneyhough, La Terre est un Homme

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OK, this is as complex as it gets: Ferneyhough's La Terre est un Homme. It seems like a nightmare trying to imagine the rehearsals...

Podger, Vivaldi Four Seasons

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This is not yet another recording of the Four Seasons. More importantly, this is not your standard historically informed account. This is fresh, insightful,...

Lindberg, Pettersson Symphony 5 & 7

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The 16 symphonies of Allan Pettersson have often been described as music of pain, anguish, and sadness. They are unlike those of any other...

Τα καλύτερα βιβλία του 2017

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Η λίστα που ακολουθεί μοιάζει αρκετά με λίστες ξένων κριτικών. Αυτό δεν είναι τυχαίο, αφού η λογοτεχνική παραγωγή ανά έτος είναι τόσο τεράστια σε...

Suzuki, Μπετόβεν “Μissa Solemnis”

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Οι προσδοκίες είναι πολύ ψηλές κάθε φορά που υπάρχει μία νέα κυκλοφορία από τον Suzuki και το σύνολο Bach Collegium Japan. Αν υπάρχουν αδύναμες...

Suzuki, Beethoven “Missa Solemnis”

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The expectations run high when there is a new Suzuki release with his Bach Collegium Japan. It is really hard to find a weak...

P. T. Anderson, “Phantom Thread”

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Title: Phantom Thread Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Released: 2018 Film Review: Phantom Thread Paul Thomas Anderson at his most emotional. Within minutes of witnessing Daniel Day-Lewis’ acting in the...

Perahia, Beethoven Sonatas Moonlight & Hammerklavier

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This has been an anticipated release. Perahia recording two of the most famous Beethoven piano sonatas. Do we need another recording of the Moonlight...

Η Μορφή του Νερού

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Βέβαια, όπως προανέφερα, αν κάποιος είναι φαν των παραμυθιών και του genre φαντασίας, με υπομονή και επιμονή, θα διασκεδάσει με την ταινία. Και η αλήθεια είναι ότι θα σαρώσει στα Όσκαρ, αν κάτι τέτοιο σας ενδιαφέρει.

Τρεις Πινακίδες Έξω Από το Έμπινγκ, στο Μιζούρι

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Τίτλος: Τρεις Πινακίδες Έξω Από το Έμπινγκ, στο Μιζούρι (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) Σκηνοθέτης: Martin McDonagh Παραγωγή: 2017 Η ταινία περιγράφεται ως σκοτεινό, κωμικό δράμα και...

Ruben Östlund, “The Square”

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Title: The Square Director: Ruben Östlund Released: 2017 The Square is much better than the average cinemagoer wants you to believe. A lot has been already written about...