It’s coming up for  Album of the Year

It’s coming up for Album of the Year

Album Of The Week

norman lebrecht

December 16, 2021

Each week, I select one release from an often abundant pile for discussion and analysis as my Album of the Week.

Since the start of Covid, I have confined my choice to music written since 1900, and preferably since 2000. But my selection is invariably subjective and sometimes news driven. From time to time, an outstanding recording goes unreviewed. This is not an empirical science.

Out of the weekly picks, I am now carefully looking back for my album of the year.

Here’s what I have arrived at by way of a shortlist.

1 Anna Clyne’s Mythologies... a walk into a wonderfully interesting composer.

2 Vasily Petrenko’s Miaskovsky and Prokofiev – for those who don’t get Stravinsky.

3 Matthias Goerne’s slow burner

4Alfred Schnittke’s cadenza for the Beethoven violin concerto

5 A Warsaw Pact nostalgia album

6 The Great Brexit string quartets

7 At the midnight hour with the Ebène Quartet

8  Oh, Canada!

It’s a tough call. (Am I missing any?)

All will be revealed tomorrow.


  • V.Lind says:

    That’s it — the official kickoff to Awards Season. I haven’t clicked everything yet but I hope the nominees are diverse!

  • Nina says:

    Thanks a lot for the article, dear Norman! Your work cannot be overestimated!
    Please take a listen to An Vedi’s album “Voiceolin”. It says this album was on Grammys ballot this year. I would say that both true “gourmets” of classical music and those who just want to join this “army” can listen to this.

  • I agree about the Vasily Petrenko’s Miaskovsky and Prokofiev. Great stuff, available in DSD 🙂

  • Harry Collier says:

    ” I have confined my choice to music written since 1900, and preferably since 2000.” Well, that certainly shortens the list! And as for music since 2000 that people will still be enjoying in 250 years time …… time will tell (thought I may not be around)