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Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Nadia Boulanger

March 3rd, 2017

Nadia Boulanger deferred to the music of her short-lived sister Lily and barely spoke of herself as a composer. Two releases, newly landed, may help to adjust that misperception.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Hungarian Treasures

February 17th, 2017

The unique selling point of this release is what appears to be the first recording of Bartok’s piano quartet in C minor. Unfortunately, it’s not very good.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Beethoven: symphonies 4 and 5

May 6th, 2016
Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Beethoven: symphonies 4 and 5

Just months before his death, Nikolaus Harnoncourt made his final attempt to faithfully render Beethoven’s scores into music. Norman Lebrecht assesses his valediction.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Mahler: 3rd symphony

April 29th, 2016
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Mahler’s Third is a challenge of both organization and interpretation. Does Jaap van Zweeden’s new live recording deserve a place among the greats?

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week: Pasternak and Scriabin

April 1st, 2016
Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week: Pasternak and Scriabin

Out of Russia’s close-knit musical world, Ludmila Berlinskaya brings us Scriabin–and works from his son and the son of a man who painted him.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – British Clarinet Concertos Vol. 2

March 11th, 2016
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Confiscated by US Customs during World War II, a reconstructed Britten concerto caps a disc of rare British music.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Mahler

March 4th, 2016

Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Mahler 1st is unlike any other – but does this young man’s Mahler miss the point? Norman Lebrecht investigates.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Medtner/Rachmaninov

February 12th, 2016

“Something clicks in the opening track of this album in a way this listener seldom experiences, in concert or on record.” Yevgeny Sudbin plays Medtner and Rachmaninov. Norman Lebrecht reviews.

Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Manhattan Intermezzo

January 28th, 2016
Norman Lebrecht’s Album of the Week – Manhattan Intermezzo

This week’s CD features concertos by Neil Sedaka and Duke Ellington keyboardist Keith Emerson, and the only weak point is Rhapsody in Blue. Norman Lebrecht explains.

CD of the Week – Elgar, Carter: Cello Concertos

January 15th, 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 – Philip Glass’s 9th Symphony

May 9th, 2012

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

CD of the Week – Elgar Conducts Elgar

April 25th, 2012

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 18th, 2012

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 11th, 2012

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 4th, 2012

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 28th, 2012

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 21st, 2012

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 14th, 2012

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

CD of the Week – Renée Fleming: Poèmes

March 7th, 2012

Renée Fleming sings “sensual French masterpieces” on a new album from Decca–but are the results as evocative as the billing?

CD of the Week – Debussy’s Clair de Lune

February 22nd, 2012

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 15th, 2012

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