LEBRECHT LISTENS | What's Wrong With Luxembourg Philharmonic's Shostakovich?
Great recordings are easy to review. Likewise bad ones. About 99.5 percent of all releases fall somewhere in between. This is one of them.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Kathleen Ferrier Was A Voice To Remember
"She simply soars." An upcoming release of English contralto Kathleen Ferrier includes six new tracks poised to keep this musical marvel alive.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | "How Will I Ever Find ‘Impromptu’ Again"?
"A fabulous pianist, incapable of touching an ugly note, Wosner interleaves miniatures of Schubert with matching — at times, surprising — snips by Dvorak, Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, Gershwin and Charles Ives," say Norman Lebrecht.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Alexander Lokshin Album Release An Icebreaker
A five-star offering of music by Alexander Lokshin — a composer uncompromising in his reckless independence.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Luca Buratto: Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover
Do not be put off by the cover. This is a fantastic release by a pianist wise beyond his years.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak Has Never Sounded Sweeter
Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak has never sounded sweeter or more comfortable in album of works by eminent Polish composer Karol Szymanowski.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Everywhere You Look Is Rachmaninov, Rachmaninov, Rachmaninov
Khatia Buniatishvili and Paavo Järvi team up for a brilliant contemporary take on Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos 1 and 2, yet after three hearings, it's curiously unmemorable.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | One Of The Great Requiems Of My Life
Norman Lebrecht wraps his ears around Verdi's Requiem via the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianndrea Noseda.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Jonas Kaufmann's Mahler Admirable, But Misguided
This is one of those treasurable major-label releases, made with the best of intentions, in which everything turns out wrong.