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It takes an unusually affecting Lieder recital to make me forego Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Victoria de los Angeles, and other greats from the past. But...

Fritz Reiner recorded two RCA stereo versions of Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra in 1954 and 1962. This is the 1954 recording, released at that time...

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Richard Carrick (b. 1971) is carving out a career as composer, conductor, and new music entrepreneur in New York, especially in his role as director of...

The fascinating possibilities of Paganini’s 24th Caprice are given a contemporary twist by seven composers, each commissioned by pianist Christopher McKiggan to take up where Rachmaninoff,...

It’s good to check in from time to time, in case classic recordings have begun to rust. The Italian reissue label IDIS, taking advantage of liberal...

Born in Budapest in 1956, pianist Laszlo Gardony plays with a rich, two-handed style that can be as rippingly exciting as the eccentric pianism of one...

The fascinating possibilities of Paganini’s 24th Caprice are given a contemporary twist by seven composers, each commissioned by pianist Christopher McKiggan to take up where Rachmaninoff,...

This release gets four gold stars: one for Portland, Maine-born composer James Woodman (b. 1957), one for organist Erik Simmons, one for the Marcussen organ at...

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...

In over 10 years of preparing annual Want Lists, I can’t think of a year that has been more exasperating than this one. My five allowed...

It’s good to check in from time to time, in case classic recordings have begun to rust. The Italian reissue label IDIS, taking advantage of liberal...

Szell recorded both of these works more than once, and those recordings are highly regarded. Indeed, collectors particularly value a Concertgebouw Dvořák Eighth Symphony of his....

Fritz Reiner recorded two RCA stereo versions of Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra in 1954 and 1962. This is the 1954 recording, released at that time...

Richard Carrick (b. 1971) is carving out a career as composer, conductor, and new music entrepreneur in New York, especially in his role as director of...

It seems to be a rule: Biographies have to get fatter and fatter. In 1984, Christopher Hogwood took 312 pages to deal with Handel. In 2013,...

When Hyperion reissued its groundbreaking 40-CD series of Schubert’s complete Lieder and part-songs as a boxed set in 2005, considerable regret and even annoyance was expressed...

Born in Budapest in 1956, pianist Laszlo Gardony plays with a rich, two-handed style that can be as rippingly exciting as the eccentric pianism of one...

I’ve listened to several of Turn Left’s “jazz” CDs, and it seems to me that the Norwegians, or at least those Norwegians who record for this...

In his review of Charles Munch and the BSO 1958–1962 —five DVDs of WGBH broadcasts ( Fanfare 38:2)—Huntley Dent reminds us of “Munch’s well-known trait for...

This disc brings together four representative guitar concertos of the past 25 years by Australian composers. Two of the works––the concertos by Richard Charlton (b. 1958)...

Ceora Winds (pronounced “see –OR – a,” apparently) has produced a beautifully life-affirming disc of charming wind music. The charm of Les Tisserandes by Mat Matsumune...

Spelled like this, Phantasy can only mean one thing. In 1906 Walter Willson Cobbett, the wealthy English businessman and amateur violinist, endowed an annual competition for...

The sudden, arresting gesture that opens Ed Bennett’s Gothic (2008) sets the scene for this disc. Clearly individual music, the gesture repeats time after time, with...

This is one of those frustrating discs to review because it cannot be easily summarized. On the plus side, the repertoire is an imaginative and engaging...

It takes an unusually affecting Lieder recital to make me forego Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Victoria de los Angeles, and other greats from the past. But...

Promessa (promise) is the title of a new CD from Oehms featuring German soprano Sophia Brommer. Promise it has and promise it delivers. She has an...

An “akafist” (more commonly spelled “akathist”), from which the choir performing here takes its name, is an Eastern Orthodox hymn dedicated to either a saint, a...

I don’t recall any disc containing six settings of the same text, in this case the Medieval sequence Stabat mater . I once wrote an article...

According to the liner notes, this album grew out of a research project by music historian Birgit Lodes, entitled “Musical Life in the Late Middle Ages...

This is an intricate, exquisite, and lucid CD, full of careful engagement with the knotty Latin texts, and strung together with highly nuanced vocal detail. Alexander...


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