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.

When asked “which Hindemith should I try first?”, I’m lost for an answer

Intelligent and well played though it is, Franziska Lee’s album of Londonoid piano pieces can’t make a bad sonata better

This debut album is a treat for the senses and a tonic for tired tastes

If Yuja Wang were to strip everything right down to the music, she could be a sensation

His concerto is a rag-and-bone man’s barrow trundling down a Haussmann boulevard

The atmosphere is so thick you’d need a charcuterie knife to cut it

Those who listen to music with an open mind are going to have a ball with this

The future of conducting is looking bright — everywhere except in Russia and America

Beauty released by the singer’s larynx is met by plodding fingers on a monochrome keyboard