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Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – The Westminster Legacy

February 7, 2014
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An extraordinary 40 CD box-set compiles the uncollected glories of the great classical label Westminster Records

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Delius in Norway

January 16, 2014
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Frederick Delius can be an acquired taste. Now a new recording tries to win listeners over with some of his most intriguing compositions. Norman Lebrecht reviews.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – André Tchaikovsky

January 8, 2014
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For many years he was known as the man who left his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company for use in the gravediggers’ scene in Hamlet. But a new album showcases André Tchaikovsky’s inimitable music.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – James MacMillan

December 17, 2013
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The album of the week is the unmatched choral music of James MacMillan and Capella Nova

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Splinters

December 5, 2013
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There’s a certain unforgettable sound that can only come from Hungarian composers; a new recording of György Kurtág’s Splinters suite captures it with bracing clarity

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – String Quartets

November 28, 2013
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The Zehetmair Quartet delivers a rich new recording of music by Beethoven, Bruckner, Hartmann and Holliger

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Natalie Dessay

November 20, 2013
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The great Natalie Dessay is back … this time singing movie soundtracks? Norman Lebrecht listens.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Lang Lang and Simon Rattle

November 13, 2013
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Lang Lang unites with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra unite to perform two of the world’s most show-stopping piano concertos

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Antonio Meneses & Maria Joao Pires

October 16, 2013
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Deutsche Grammophon brings forth a stunning recital at Wigmore Hall by Portuguese musicians Antonio Meneses & Maria Joao Pires. Norman Lebrecht reviews.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Boris Giltburg

October 8, 2013
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Pianist Boris Giltburg’s somber, beautiful new album shows a heartening independent spirit. Norman Lebrecht reviews.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Diana Damrau

October 2, 2013
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The songs to My Fair Lady, sung in German? Just one of the idiosyncrasies of Diana Damrau’s irresistible new vocal album.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Wagner’s Piano Sonatas

September 25, 2013
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In 1832, nineteen-year-old Richard Wagner composed two piano sonatas in an effort to fill the vacuum left by Beethoven’s death. Norman Lebrecht discusses the results.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Hanns Eisler: Serious Songs

September 19, 2013
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Behold: a near perfect album. German baritone Matthias Goerne soars in a new recording of the music of Hanns Eisler.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Rustic Wedding Symphony

September 5, 2013
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Karl Goldmark’s lively second symphony is a lyric celebration of life’s great moments in lush orchestration. Norman Lebrecht reviews a fizzy new recording.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Kuniko Kato

August 29, 2013
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Kuniko Kato, percussion virtuoso, uses marimbas, crotales, bells and vibraphones to adapt the work of classical composers

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Vladimir Horowitz in London

August 21, 2013
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In 1982, Vladimir came to London and gave his first recital in Europe in 31 years. The release of that performance is something no piano lover can do without.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Peter Grimes

August 7, 2013
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In June, Britten’s “Peter Grimes” was staged on the beach at the Aldeburgh Festival of Music. The results, Norman Lebrecht writes, were remarkable.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Artur Schnabel

August 1, 2013
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The great Austrian pianist Artur Schnabel was in his mind a composer first and foremost. Norman Lebrecht reviews a recording of his piano works.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Down by the Sea

July 24, 2013
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It’s only July, but Norman Lebrecht may have found his choral album of the year. A review of the magnificent folk songs in Naxos’s “Down by the Sea.”

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Raluca Stirbat

July 17, 2013
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In her newest release, Romanian pianist Raluca Stirbat turns out some exceptionally supple recitals of Bartok and Debussy

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Timo Andres

July 10, 2013
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In his new album “Home Stretch,” Timo Andres adapts–or is the word mauls?–some classic Mozart compositions

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Elliott Carter

July 3, 2013
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A collection of uncommonly whimsical music highlights a retrospective album of the late composer Elliott Carter. Norman Lebrecht listens, and smiles.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Paul Ben-Haim

June 26, 2013
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A new album of the chamber music of one of Israel’s foremost composer’s, Paul Ben-Haim. Norman Lebrecht listens.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Chopin, Dutilleux

June 19, 2013
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Chopin and Dutilleux: two composers, separated by a century and more, are joined by a city and its culture. Norman Lebrecht reviews a new album of their preludes.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Conrad Tao

June 12, 2013
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One of EMI Classics’ final albums, by 19-year-old Conrad Tao, is an instant collectible. But how is the music?

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Fairy Tales

June 5, 2013
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A batch of bedtime stories, wickedly recited by top actors, interspersed with music derived from the selfsame fairy tales. Why had no one thought of this before?

Norman Lebrecht’s CD of the Week – Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony

May 8, 2013
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The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic brings forth a dazzling recording of Shostakovich’s “Leningrad Symphony”

Norman Lebrecht’s CD of the Week – Valentin Silvestrov

May 1, 2013
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Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov’s enigmatic and disturbing ‘Naive Music’ gets a new recording from pianist Elisaveta Blumina

Norman Lebrecht’s CD of the Week – The Edge of Light

April 24, 2013
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Norman Lebrecht reviews a remarkable recording of little-known piano music by Olivier Messiaen and Kaija Saariaho

Norman Lebrecht’s CD of the Week – Lionel Bringuier & Nelson Freire

April 19, 2013
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In collaboration with Brazilian soloist Nelson Freire, Wunderkind Lionel Bringuier conducts the 2010 BBC Proms concert in a stirring new DVD release

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Béla Bartók: Kossuth

April 10, 2013
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Norman Lebrecht reviews a new recording of Kossuth, a rare and distinctive turn by Béla Bartók into mainstream romanticism.

Norman Lebrecht’s CD of the Week – Valentina Lisitsa

March 13, 2013
Norman Lebrecht’s CD of the Week – Valentina Lisitsa

Youtube sensation Valentina Lisitsa has put out the finest recording of Rachmaninov’s piano concertos in decades. Norman Lebrecht reviews.

Norman Lebrecht’s CD of the Week – Satie & Compagnie

February 27, 2013
Norman Lebrecht’s CD of the Week – Satie & Compagnie

In a hypnotizing new recording from Mirare, pianist Anne Quéffélec performs the soothing chillout music of Frenchman Erik Satie–don’t listen while driving.

Norman Lebrecht’s CD of the Week – The Coral Sea

February 20, 2013
Norman Lebrecht’s CD of the Week – The Coral Sea

Six works by five living British composers for soprano saxophone – you’re shaking your head, but “The Coral Sea” is one of the musical delights of the year

Norman Lebrecht’s CD of the Week – Scarlatti Illuminated

February 6, 2013
Norman Lebrecht’s CD of the Week – Scarlatti Illuminated

Domenico Scarlatti has always been overshadowed by his contemporaries Bach and Handel. A new recording of his solo sonatas brings his gorgeous music front and center.

Norman Lebrecht’s CD of the Week – Andrzej Panufnik

January 30, 2013
Norman Lebrecht’s CD of the Week – Andrzej Panufnik

The works of Polish emigre Andrzej Panufnik course with passion and political subtext. Norman Lebrecht reviews a new recording of Symphonies 7 and 8.

CD of the Week – Dinu Lipatti

January 23, 2013
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Romanian pianist Dinu Lipatti died of cancer at age 33, but left behind a treasure trove of adventurous, intellectually satisfying piano music. Norman Lebrecht reviews a new double-CD of Lipatti’s work.

CD of the Week – Elgar, Carter: Cello Concertos

January 15, 2013
CD of the Week – Elgar, Carter: Cello Concertos

Jacqueline du Pré’s performance of Elgar’s cello concerto is so legendary that few artists have dared to challenge it. Now Alisa Weilerstein does so, in an astonishing new recording. Norman Lebrecht reviews

CD of the Week – Alexandre Tharaud plays Mauricio Kagel

January 2, 2013
CD of the Week – Alexandre Tharaud plays Mauricio Kagel

2013 gets off to a smashing start with Alexandre Tharaud’s wild new recording of the works of postmodernist composer Mauricio Kagel. Norman Lebrecht reviews.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Year

December 12, 2012
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It’s been a bumper year for vocal recitals, but Norman Lebrecht has selected the best of the bunch–and the best album of 2012

CD of the Week – Voyages-Reisen

December 5, 2012
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A compelling new recording of compositions for the viola da gamba, an ancestor of the cello, is just the antidote to predictable radio classical fare

CD of the Week – Portuguese Love Songs

November 7, 2012
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An English traveller once described the Portuguese love ballad as ‘the most seducing, the most voluptuous music imaginable.’ A new CD reminds of us its delights.

CD of the Week: Bononcini

September 5, 2012
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Norman Lebrecht reviews a new recording of the music of Handel’s contemporary Bononcini–but which Bononcini are we talking about? In addition are three notable CDs for John Cage’s centenary.

CD of the Week – Homage to Glenn Gould

August 29, 2012
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Glenn Gould would have turned 80 next month; his legacy is celebrated with a diverse and sometimes instrumentally daring homage

CD of the Week – Nicola Benedetti

August 22, 2012
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Wunderkind violinist Nicola Benedetti delivers her best album to date with this thoughtful selection of concertos and film themes

CD of the Week – Clifford Curzon

August 8, 2012
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A teeming new multi-volume box-set from Decca showcases the magisterial piano performances of Clifford Curzon

CD of the Week – Arnold Schoenberg’s Songs

August 1, 2012
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Who knew that the avant-garde Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg wrote so many songs? They’re brought together in a revealing new four-disc collection.

CD of the Week – Beethoven’s Viola

July 24, 2012
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Violas are the most overlooked of instruments, but not by Beethoven–an intriguing new release brings together his music for the violin’s deeper-voiced sibling

CD of the Week – Ernest Bloch’s Hebrew Rhapsody

July 18, 2012
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Natalie Clein delivers an extraordinary performance of Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo, in a disc featuring other classic Jewish music. Norman Lebrecht reviews.

CD of the Week: Sounds of the 30s

June 27, 2012
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The amazing duo of Stefano Bollani and Riccardo Chailly return with the inter-war music of Ravel, Stravinsky, Kurt Weill, and Victor de Sabata.

CD of the Week: Schubert String Quartets

May 30, 2012
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The Artemis Quartet brings forth a brilliant recording of Schubert’s string quartets 13, 14, and 15 — that plus three notable new releases of the music of Shostakovich

CDs of the Week: New Names at the Piano

May 23, 2012
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The steady rush of talented new pianists can be overwhelming. Norman Lebrecht helps locate the gold from the dross.

CD of the Week – A Rush of Mieczyslaw Weinbergs

May 16, 2012
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Four new recordings celebrate the oft-forgotten Russian composer Mieczylaw Weinberg. Norman Lebrecht reviews.

CD of the Week – Philip Glass’s 9th Symphony

May 9, 2012
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Philip Glass’s ninth symphony has some of the minimalist traits listeners will expect–but also a number of surprises

CD of the Week – Rachmaninov’s 5th Piano Concerto

May 2, 2012
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In a clever ploy to extend the copyright of Sergei Rachmaninov’s music, Alexander Warenberg has fiddled with the composer’s second symphony to create a so-called “fifth” piano concerto. Norman Lebrecht reviews the results.

CD of the Week – Elgar Conducts Elgar

April 25, 2012
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Every conductor tries to locate the key to Edward Elgar’s famous compositions — a new release lets listeners hear how Elgar interpreted himself

CDs of the Week – Gustav Mahler

April 18, 2012
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A year after the centennial of his death, Gustav Mahler is still inspiring interesting performances. Norman Lebrecht listens to five newly released recordings.

CD of the Week – Henryk Mikolaj Górecki: Totus Tuus

April 11, 2012
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Music from the adventurous Polish composer Henryk Mikolaj Górecki finds a perfect match with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.

CD of the Week – Anton Rubinstein: Persian Love Songs

April 4, 2012
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19th-century Russian composer Anton Rubinstein has always been justifiably overshadowed by Tchaikovsky, but a new recording of his Persian music proves a surprising delight

CD of the Week – Elgar’s Cello Concerto

March 28, 2012
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Norman Lebrecht spotlights a striking new recording of a piece that has eluded musicians for years, Edward Elgar’s cello concerto

CD of the Week – Brahms performed by friends and colleagues

March 21, 2012
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Arbiter Records gathers together some remarkable archival rarities of Brahms recordings. Norman Lebrecht reviews.

CD of the Week – Erik Chisholm: Piano Concertos 1 & 2

March 14, 2012
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Acquaint yourself with newly recorded Piano Concertos from the talented, eclectic, and little-known Scottish composer Erik Chisholm

CD of the Week – Debussy’s Clair de Lune

February 22, 2012
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The great Natalie Dessay is at her best in this recording of Claude Debussy’s early piano suites

CD of the Week – John Cage’s Complete Piano Music

February 15, 2012
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A bursting box set contains all of the piano music from the iconoclastic American composer John Cage