Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Listening Liszt

Several excellent new recordings are occupying my ears and deep consciousness these past few days:

Listening Liszt

Several excellent new recordings are occupying my ears and deep consciousness these past few days:

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson manages to deploy her velvety sound with breathtaking levity in Handel arias and Berlioz's Les nuits d'été with Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

Vladimir Jurowski lightens textures and darkens moods with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Haydn's The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross.

Pianist Louis Lortie gives an emotional account of the complete Années de pèlerinage by Liszt (pictured).

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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