• Alexander's Playlist: Debussy & Ravel: String Quartets

    By Alexander Neef

    In almost everything he did, Debussy truly charted a new path. He blazed it with confidence and opened new perspectives for generations after him, and while I have long appreciated his entire body of work — and this string quartet in particular — I have only recently discovered this 1965 recording by the incomparable mid-century ensemble “Quartetto Italiano.”

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  • Alexander's Playlist: Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

    By Alexander Neef

    This week, I would like to share a very personal recommendation, and one of the first CDs I remember listening to: Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini, leading the Vienna Philharmonic.

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  • Alexander's Playlist: Remembering Jessye Norman

    By Alexander Neef

    I want to devote this week’s album recommendation to an absolutely breathtaking artist: Jessye Norman, the legendary singer whose voice was once described by the New York Times as a “grand mansion of sound.”

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