LEBRECHT LISTENS | Renée Fleming Is A Voice of Nature
Renée Fleming sings out full and flamboyant in this set of nature-themed songs that came together during her daily walks in the COVID lockdown.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Compelling 100 Years Of Piazzolla
Astor Piazzolla's work elevates tango from the dance floor to the art museum.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Solem Quartet: Frontrunners For Best New Talent 2021
A fresh idea from Solem Quartet, with little to fault in the playing and much to anticipate in this group’s emergence.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Paderewski & Stojowski: Convincing Obscurities
This pairing of violin-piano sonatas by the two Poles comes close, at times, to revelation.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Nikolai Kapustin: Writing Against His Own Times
Listening to Nikolai Kapustin in 2021 is an act of nostalgia, a gesture of defiance to the dictates of fashion.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Erno von Dohnányi: Music That Fusses More Than It Fizzes
Dohnanyi's music fusses more than it fizzes, brilliantly played by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Robert Paternostro.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Alice Sara Ott's Chopin Is A Dazzling Experiment That Almost Works
Alice Sara Ott gives the preludes of Frederic Chopin a contemporary twist by interleaving them with some of her favourite modern composers.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Music In The Age Of COVID Amnesia
The Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra and soloist Simon Trpceski deliver the visceral satisfaction of a live performance in this recording of Shostakovich.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Furtwängler’s Ticket To Ride
The fine musicians of Reutlingen do their level best to get us through Wilhelm Furtwängler's 1st symphony.
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.