Records of the year – the ones we missed

Records of the year – the ones we missed


norman lebrecht

December 22, 2018

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:

As the year nears its end a pile of albums stares at me pleading for attention. So I dig in and find some that I cannot allow to pass unnoticed…

If you wanted to hear Bach on the piano,would you, for instance, go to Iceland to hear it played by the winner of the Iceland Optimism Prize?….

Read on here.

And here.




  • James Almeida says:

    Again: all major labels get picked but Sony (Levit, Currentzis, Kaufmann, Volodos, Fröst…there were a few contenders) – seems like Mr. Lebrecht wants to be payed for his picks and I never saw Sony ads on this site but a lot from Warner and DG!

    Became clear as he described Hauscka signing to Sony as “sad”.

    Mr. Lebrecht, you are such a wise person, please free yourself and get out of the record companies weezels wallets!

    • Peggy Sweeney says:

      I’ve been reading this blog for years and have never seen a single ad — from anyone.

      • James says:

        Sheku, Decca, complete site was pink – looked pretty cool!
        Dg: Trifonov and embarrassing 120 birthday ads…warner had Goldberg ad for Rena(forgot full name)that’s only a few I remember.

    • Peter Cz. says:

      Without worrying about advertising politics, I’d be interested to read NL’s take on Levit’s recital album and Volodos’s late Brahms; I found each sublime.

  • Mick the Knife says:

    The second link is THE one to follow. It has sound samples and links to the music on Spotify.

  • barry guerrero says:

    Interesting picks, Norman. I think the Martinu sounds particularly good.

  • Kempff (with two f’s, re: Bach transcriptions)

  • buxtehude says:

    Re Daniil Shafran — I imagine hearing him in Jackie du Pre. Does anybody know whether she discovered him during her months in Moscow, at the dawn of her career, while enrolled under Rostropovich?