LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Mixed Start For Decca’s New Violin Poster Boy Randall Goosby
Randall Goosby, 25, Decca’s new poster-boy violinist offers a cocktail platter of musical bites, with technique as clean as a scalpel and a real sense of pleasure in how he plays.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Pleasant Surprise From Nico Muhly And Philip Glass
Finnish virtuoso Pekka Kuusisto turned for his premiere to Nico Muhly, a New York composer who used to assist Philip Glass, and has augmented this album with works by his minimalist master.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Nino Rota Keeps Us On Our Toes With Quicksilver Inspirations
An all-star cast of Berlin Philharmonic principals and pals trains the spotlight on a pair of trios and a nonet that Nino Rota wrote in Bari at the peak of his film productivity.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Why Don’t They Play This Music Over Airport Speakers?
If you are ever asked at Heathrow Airport to prove your residency by naming a work of English music, this album will do nicely.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Vadim Gluzman’s Beethoven And Schnittke Is A Highlight Of The Year (So Far)
Vadim Gluzman gives a gripping reading of Beethoven and Schnittke concertos, with aptly restrained support from the Lucerne orchestra and conductor James Gaffigan.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Reviving Europe’s Forgotten Female Composer
Vítězslava Kaprálová was a talent of rare eloquence and self-possession, too good to remain lost in the mists of time.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | This COVID-Year Album Is Demonstrably Irresistible
This COVID-year album by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and their departing conductor Vasily Petrenko is demonstrably irresistible.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Peteris Vasks: There Is Always Hope Somewhere On A Baltic Shore
Latvia’s answer to Estonia’s Arvo Pärt, Vasks writes long, slow, contemplative works with a strong feeling for lakes, forests and landscape.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Capturing The Spirit Of Our Times, But Is Classical Music Listening?
Will Liverman, a baritone much seen at the Met, has chosen songs by Black composers of two or three generations, songs that undermine the whiter-than-white settings of bygone years.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | A Five Star Argument For Prokofiev Over Stravinsky
Gloriously shaped by Vasily Petrenko and magnificently played by the Oslo Philharmonic, awarding the fifth star for this release was an easy decision.