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Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Hanns Eisler

March 10th, 2017
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A beautifully played album illuminates the expressive film scores of the unjustly overlooked Hanns Eisler.

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

February 7th, 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 – André Tchaikovsky

January 8th, 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 – Splinters

December 5th, 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 – Natalie Dessay

November 20th, 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 – Antonio Meneses & Maria Joao Pires

October 16th, 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 – Diana Damrau

October 2nd, 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 – Vladimir Horowitz in London

August 21st, 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 7th, 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 1st, 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 24th, 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 17th, 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 10th, 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 – Chopin, Dutilleux

June 19th, 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 12th, 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 5th, 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 – Valentin Silvestrov

May 1st, 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 – Lionel Bringuier & Nelson Freire

April 19th, 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 10th, 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 13th, 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 – The Coral Sea

February 20th, 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 6th, 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 30th, 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 23rd, 2013
CD of the Week – Dinu Lipatti

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 – Voyages-Reisen

December 5th, 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 – The Irish Piano

November 21st, 2012
CD of the Week – The Irish Piano

Too little is known about the importance of Irish composer John Field on 19th century music. An exciting new CD brings his wide influence to light.

CD of the Week – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Recomposed

October 31st, 2012
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You may wonder if Vivaldi’s overexposed Four Seasons needs a new recording, but Max Richter’s inspired recomposition gives the hoary old favorite a shot in the arm

CD of the Week – Carl Nielsen

October 24th, 2012
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New for classical music lovers is an invigorating recording of the symphonies of Danish composer Carl Nielsen, as well as a trio of dazzling piano recitals. As always, Norman Lebrecht reviews.

CD of the Week – Anu Komsi

October 17th, 2012
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Norman Lebrecht reviews a five-star recording from the extraordinary Finnish soprano Anu Komsi

CD of the Week: Bononcini

September 5th, 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 29th, 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 22nd, 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 – Beethoven’s Viola

July 24th, 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 – Arias for Guadagni

June 20th, 2012
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In his CD of the Week recommendation, Norman Lebrecht discovers the brilliant exception to a rule, an aria recital disc worth buying

CD of the Week — Vivaldi’s Chamber Sonatas

June 13th, 2012
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Against all expectations arrives a fantastic new recording of Vivaldi’s sonatas, courtesy of L’Estravagante. Norman Lebrecht reviews.

CD of the Week – A Rush of Mieczyslaw Weinbergs

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

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

May 2nd, 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.