Lebrecht’s Album of the Week

The Bavarian Radio singers’ command of English will have to improve when Sir Simon Rattle arrives to take over

Of all clarinet concertos, including Mozart’s, Aaron Copland’s is Norman Lebrecht’s favourite by a Siamese smile

French pianist Bertrand Chamayou’s compilation of lullabies shows a degree of taste and independence unusual in a young soloist still at the start of his journey

Much of the appeal of this Covid-era recital by violinist Callum Smart and pianist Richard Uttley lies in the effort they invest to find common ground

Kancheli’s miniatures grip you by the throat and won’t let you do anything else until it’s over

You will either feel very relaxed by the middle of the piece or you will throw things at the wall and say some very bad words

Norman Leberecht laments not being able to give the Oslo Philharmonic the five stars they deserve

The 40 minutes of music on this album is alternately hypnotic and uplifting

This recording is an absolute must-hear, one of the summits of this difficult year