Here it comes….. the 2022 album of the year

Here it comes….. the 2022 album of the year

Album Of The Week

norman lebrecht

December 02, 2022

From the Lebrecht Album of the Year:

No-one knew what to expect of 2022. In January, masked or locked down, we gazed into crystal balls of mortality. The chamber music of Harrison Birtwistle caught my ear with surprise and delight, only for the composer to leave us soon after. Fred Rzewski, another recent fatality, received the best performance ever of ‘The People United Will Never Be Defeated’. The Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov escaped his homeland and enriched us with a new symphony. Life hung by a thread….

In April, I accoladed a Pieter Wispelwey performances of two cello concertos by Mieczyslaw Weinberg on the Evil Penguin as ‘possibly the best Weinberg ever heard on record’. Weeks later, it had a close rival …

Read on here.

En francais ici.

In Spanish here.

In Czech here.

in The Critic here.



  • Petros Linardos says:

    “Ivan Fischer is recording the premier Mahler cycle of our decade with the Czech Philharmonic; the fifth symphony on Pentatone is quite exceptional”:
    That’s Semyon Bychkov.
    Ivan Fischer has recorded all Mahler symphonies but the 8th (of course) with the Budapest Festival Orchestra on Channel Classics.

  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    Important to don’t forget the Sibelius album by Rouvali and the Goteborg Symphony Orchestra with the 3th and the 5th.

  • Tony Sanderson says:

    5 stars for both performance and recording of this Weinberg album in this month’s BBC Music Magazine.

    A performance I would recommend is Hilary Hahn’s recording of Ginastera’s Violin Concerto on DG released in November as a very worthwhile disc.