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.
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.