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. He tweets at @NLebrecht

Giving marks to people playing Chopin is no different from deciding on medals in gymnastics

Bezhod Abduraimov: Shadows of my ancestors (Alpha-Classics)

Tchaikovsky: 5th symphony etc (ICA Classics)

Farewell not just to a conductor but to a generous man

Poulenc and others: Chamber music (Calliope/DG)

There are expectations going back to 1948 that musicians turn up to provide relief

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Württemburg sonatas (ECM)

Miklos Rozsa: Orchestral works (Capriccio)

Stravinsky, Bartok, Martinu: Works for violin and orchestra (BIS)