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.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Why Hollywood Blacklisted Composer Hanns Eisler Still Matters
A new recording featuring works by McCarthy era target Hanns Eisler serves as a reminder of a voice that deserves reintroduction.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Nadia Boulanger Was A Composer Too?
Two new recordings uncover French pedagogue Nadia Boulanger was more than just a legendary teacher, but a fine composer as well.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | You Can't Ignore Boris Tishchenko
The eighth symphony, written in 2008 when Boris Tishchenko was mortally ill, draws the ear into an eerie landscape of ghosts, trolls, and spooks.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Now We Know Why This Bartók Was Forgotten
The Berlin-based Notos Quartett's debut recording wins kudos for uncovering an ‘unusual’ set of Bartók works, but ultimately it fails to deliver.