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.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | The Chronicles Of Vitezslava Kapralova
A new recording by pianist Giorgio Koukl puts the spotlight on the legendary life of Czech composer Vitezslava Kapralova.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Has Renée Fleming Played To Her Weaknesses In Album Covering Björk?
"It would be a pity if her legacy on Decca was to be concluded by this album," says Norman Lebrecht in a review of Renée Fleming's new album.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Naxos Records Releases Go-To Recording Of Bernstein Symphonies 1 and 2
Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony revive Bernstein Symphonies 1 and 2 with soloists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Jennifer Johnson Cano.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | If You Don't Know The Name "Mieczyslaw Weinberg", You Should
Today, thanks largely to proselytism by Gidon Kremer and his friends, Mieczyslaw Weinberg is no longer obscure but a musical giant, waiting to be discovered.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Boris Giltburg's Shostakovich's Piano Concertos "Almost Faultless"
Boris Giltburg joins the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in a new Naxos release that may make you rethink the standard approach to Shostakovich's Piano Concertos.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Guglielmo Ratcliff A Real Delight On Record
2015 Wexford Festival Opera production of the rarely performed Pietro Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff might be a long evening at the opera but on record, time moves quickly.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Natalie Dessay Returns With "Odd" Album Of American Songs
Natalie Dessay makes her Sony Classical debut with a new release featuring the Paris Mozart Orchestra and 2 Jazz Musicians.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Zuzana Ruzickova's Lifetime Obsession With Bach Yields Incredible Results
Newly remastered 20-CD Box of Bach recordings marks the 90th birthday of the great Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova.