Norman Lebrecht

Norman Lebrecht is a British commentator on music and cultural affairs, a novelist, and the author of the classical music blog Slipped Disc. He was a columnist for The Daily Telegraph from 1994 to 2002, and assistant editor of the London Evening Standard from 2002 to 2009.

Three sonatas by Brahms? The clarinet adaptation, to no surprise, doesn’t work

The Czechs always have talent to spare on the bench

Orchestras should be ashamed of their aversion to the composer

2021 has yielded more memorable albums than you can count on the fingers of two hands

British pianist Peter Donohoe’s recital is a perfect pick-me-up for Covid gloom

I was completely absorbed by this opera as a sound production — maybe one day I’ll get to see the whole show

The Larghetto’s organic optimism transcends present woes and looks to bright eternity

Bernard Haitink, who died last month, was a conducting master

Taken together, it’s not the kind of music you want to hear in isolation