Lebrecht’s Album of the Week

This fabulous interpretation of the Beethoven concerto is one of the records of the year

The performances recorded here by the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra speak directly to some of our present confusions

This album by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and their departing conductor Vasily Petrenko is demonstrably irresistible

Vasks writes long, slow, contemplative works with a strong feeling for lakes, forests and landscape

There is a wealth of diverse talent out there — all we have to do is listen

‘There is beauty and darkness and fear, to be sure, but I hear no agenda beyond a search for musical expression’

The Frankfurt-based Aris Quartet play Beethoven with sweeping flair and something close to insouciance

The fruits of Michael Mann’s musical career is neither one thing nor another; trapped between Weimar modernism and American consumerism

In the midst of war, three composers in different countries wrote sonatas which have now been collated in an album of pure escapism

Italian-born and London-bred Antonio Pappano lets the gentle rhythms of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s music say it all