Articles By Norman Lebrecht
 
November 2014
Christopher Hogwood led a revival in early music but the movement died of self-inflicted wounds 
 
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October 2014
Classical music is full of savage backbiters, always ready to pour vitriol on more successful artists 
 
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September 2014
Eighty years old this month, the Canadian singer and songwriter has always been proud to be a Jew first and last — as his songs reveal
 
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July/August 2014
Already embattled, music critics have done themselves no favours by
attacking a young singer's figure
 
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The Classical Commentaries of Norman Lebrecht in Standpoint are now available as an ebook
 
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June 2014
The British composer's music fits into no convenient category. That is what makes it so brilliant
 
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May 2014
The glare of the public eye can be disastrous for talented children. But sometimes the gamble pays off
 
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April 2014
Richard Strauss tested bourgeois tolerance with Salome and Elektra but found it bad for business
 
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March 2014
The story of music and the Jews is one of harvesting and embellishing a variety of local traditions
 
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January/February 2014
For two decades Harry Stanley Fairclough turned the Wiltshire town into a leading centre of opera
 
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December 2013
Israel’s thriving and very much integrated Arab population confounds the perpetual accusation that it is somehow an 'apartheid state'
 
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December 2013
Menahem Pressler’s enduring genius lies in his generosity of spirit and simplicity of approach
 
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November 2013
Leonard Bernstein's letters reveal him as obsessed with music, career, politics, and (always) sex
 
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October 2013
Much hoo-ha was made of the BBC’s “censorship” of Nigel Kennedy’s remarks about Palestine at the Proms. In truth, Kennedy knew all along he’d be taken off air
 
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October 2013
China is in the grip of a piano passion, with superstar rivals and millions playing at home
 
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September 2013
The violin's unique mythology has made it inordinately expensive, and attractive to disreputable dealers
 
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July/August 2013
Paris has a bold and visionary attitude to building for the arts. Why can’t London follow suit?
 
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July/August 2013
Elisha Abas played for years in the Israeli Premier League but when his football career was over he returned to his other great talent: the piano
 
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June 2013
Stravinsky’s new work caused such an uproar that the police were called in. But why no encore?
 
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May 2013
This year could mark the coming of age of Poland as a musical nation. What took so long?
 
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April 2013
The Royal Opera House’s chief executive is returning to the BBC after a dozen successful years
 
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March 2013
Steeped in the grand tradition, Charles Rosen was the archetypal philosopher-pianist
 
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January/February 2013
The mythologizing about Wolfgang Amadeus is incessant. As a result, the music is lost
 
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January/February 2013
The global impact of World War I changed the arts forever. Its effects are still felt a century later
 
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December 2012
A new group of gifted young conductors offers the prospect of genuine renewal in classical music
 
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November 2012
Benjamin Britten's gifts to British music, both as practitioner and patron, far outweigh his faults
 
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October 2012
Classical music must follow the example of an art form that has survived by extending its range
 
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September 2012
As long as his family still runs the Wagner festival, it will remain tainted by its links with the Nazis
 
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July/August 2012
The wireless is enjoying an overdue renaissance as the web is able to carry concerts worldwide
 
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June 2012
The common explanation for Schoenberg’s abrupt atonal turn is another of music’s great fairytales
 
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May 2012
The resurrection of the LP pleases romantics but it risks dividing the classical music community
 
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April 2012

Now Sakari Oramo is cheif conductor at the BBC Symphony Orchestra, many fear a Scandinavian supremacy in British music.

 
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April 2012
The young conductor of the Simón Bolívar orchestra is brilliantly reinvigorating Mahler
 
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March 2012
The greatest German lieder singer may have retired from the stage but his fire is not extinguished
 
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January/February 2012
Was Jean Sibelius's newly discovered Eighth Symphony destroyed in one of the composer's notorious drunken rages?
 
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January/February 2012
Subsidy cuts give classical music the chance to thrive without government interference
 
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December 2011
The singer Barbara is little known outside France. Yet her songs yield endless riches
 
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November 2011
The age of megalomaniac conductors seems to be over—and about time too
 
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October 2011
The new Finlandia Hall in Helsinki has been transformed by a Japanese mystic with an ear for acoustics
 
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July/August 2011
Around the world, symphony orchestras are threatened as public subsidies dry up. But great cities need them more than ever
 
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June 2011
The recently deceased music-loving Sony boss Norio Ohga cared more about the art than the money
 
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May 2011
Gustav Mahler’s very public demise marked the beginning of a new age of fascination with the private lives of the famous
 
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April 2011
Fashion should not forgive outbursts of fascism at Dior
 
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December 2010
The Arts Council started with a tiny budget and a mandate to lift the postwar gloom. Now this meddlesome quango has lost its way and its chair, Liz Forgan, must go
 
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