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This is the first recording of a new edition of the Requiem by Marc Rigaudière, “a reconstruction of the first complete liturgical performance” of the work....

The prevailing melancholy of Brahms’s last years is somewhat misleading. He was quite capable of being gloomy when he was young and still full of promise....

Recent Music Reviews

John Pickard’s “Gaia” Symphony is an astonishing work. The challenge of composing a 65-minute continuous composition for an ensemble comprised only of brass and percussion instruments...

This disc originally appeared as an ASV release in 2004 and was favorably reviewed at some length by Walter Simmons ( Fanfare 27:6). Neither the symphony...

Music is about emotions, so we tend to forget that composers are also thinkers. The contemporary American composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez has poured a wealth of...

In addition to a fairly extensive, published oeuvre , George Enescu left behind a large collection of incomplete works. Much of it dates from his student...

A celebration of the trumpet in all its guises, this disc is a joy for brass players. The story behind Jeffrey Homes’s Herald Emeritus Fanfare

Fiammetta Tarli and Ivo Varbanov, pianists and creative partners in life and work, have banded together with a dedicated team of recording and design professionals to...

The Metropolitan Opera has been smarting from the critical drubbing it endured for the Robert Lepage Ring cycle, introduced in 2010, so it’s gratifying to note...

Those sensational Singaporeans have done it again—turned in a recording of unfamiliar material with all the verve, panache, and technical perfection that have come to define...

This recording has received two previous reviews in these pages, with rather different conclusions as to its merits. In 31:3 Burton Rothleder praised "a chamber orchestra...

This disc was recorded in 1989, when John Adams was newly celebrated as the composer of Nixon in China but unfamiliar as a conductor, and soprano...

This is the first recording of a new edition of the Requiem by Marc Rigaudière, “a reconstruction of the first complete liturgical performance” of the work....

The prevailing melancholy of Brahms’s last years is somewhat misleading. He was quite capable of being gloomy when he was young and still full of promise....

Donald Vroon sounds the alarm. People are dumb! Education is failing! Culture is crumbling! Why aren't you listening? This book of 38 essays, more properly called...

Simon Morrison has been professionally concerned with recent Russian music for a long time and, indeed, published a biography of Sergei Prokofiev in 2009. Those who,...

In a wonderfully evocative sonnet, Robert Lowell describes seeing Robert Frost after a reading, “the great act laid on the shelf in mothballs.” In a few...

This was the first album that Conte Candoli recorded under his own name, in 1954, after years spent playing for the bands of Woody Herman, Charlie...

This marvelous disc features works either originally composed for or arranged for trumpet and wind ensemble. Brian Shaw is professor of trumpet at Louisiana State University...

Of late, there have been many multi-disc reissues showcasing conductors of the past. Most involve the recycling of familiar material (Karajan, Fricsay, and Bernstein, to take...

Crystal Records, under the sure hand of owner Peter Christ, long ago established itself as the leading label for recordings of wind music, even though the...

The ostensible title of this disc is Paris 1937 , but the date doesn’t refer to premieres or compositions. It’s simply the year that bassoonist Fernand...

Lada Valesová primly and properly spells out the notes of these charming but essentially unimportant works. With few exceptions they require little virtuosity or intellectual penetration,...

Susan Merdinger is a fine pianist who here presents a most successful program. Her performance of Schubert’s D 575 reveals a pianist with a very appealing...

Many facets of the Prometheus legends are represented in this necessarily somber collection. The works, in their original keys, are sincerely and skillfully sung by the...

War is a persistent fact of life-historians have counted 14,400 conflicts across the ages-but not many musical masterpieces have been written about it. Music exists to...

This is a follow-up to America (Hänssler Classic 93.306), this same ensemble’s similarly eclectic collection of works by Copland, Reich, Feldman, Bernstein, and Barber. The works...

Delphian, the "label of the year" by one estimation, offers a program subtitled "the sound world of the Celtic church." Three previous programs honoring St. Columba...

Anyone who is interested in Medieval vocal music will find this disc fascinating. It collects the earliest versions of the Grail legend, the quest for the...

After seven CDs of sacred music by mostly obscure composers of the 16th century, this vocal ensemble based in Vienna has turned to secular pieces by...


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