Lebrecht’s Album of the Week

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

You may find that Con anima is one of the best ways of spending the next 15 minutes of your life

Mademoiselle was not much of a composer, too set on correct form to allow the flight of inspiration

I’m not giving up trying to persuade younger people to listen to new composers

Music from the Hungarian educator who shaped the sound of the modern American orchestra

A marvellous blend of early Baroque and Mediterranean traditional songs

What Rouse wrote was an intimate series of love letters to the orchestra

Norman Lebrecht reviews Shostakovich: Violin concertos 1&2, performed by Alina Ibragimova and the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia