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My first encounter with the Trio Testore was fairly recent. In 37:2, I reviewed the group’s two-disc set of Brahms’s piano trios and hated it for...

Volume 11 of Ian Hobson’s complete works of Chopin, The Way to Arcady, offers rich pickings. The by-now characteristic mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar...

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As pianist Stefan Litwin explains in the revealing and thought-provoking interview included in the CD booklet, the program’s title— Sonata and Destructions , borrowed from a...

When most people think of the concerts of the 18th century, they usually envision court ensembles whose composers, resident or imported, wrote works of generic scope...

Gardiner once described Monteverdi as the “Shakespeare of music.” There is something oddly Shakespearean about the vespers, for sure: The chatty vocal exchanges, the grandly ironic...

This disc is the third volume in pianist Malcolm Martineau’s project of recording Debussy’s complete songs. It contains 26 songs, some of which are among Debussy’s...

When most people think of the concerts of the 18th century, they usually envision court ensembles whose composers, resident or imported, wrote works of generic scope...

Trondheim, about halfway along the length of Norway, has been a major trading center since Medieval times. Originally called Kaupangen (or Market Meadow), it eventually became...

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...

Gardiner once described Monteverdi as the “Shakespeare of music.” There is something oddly Shakespearean about the vespers, for sure: The chatty vocal exchanges, the grandly ironic...

On the basis of notoriety alone this recording deserves enshrinement in the Classical Hall of Fame. Virtually every serious collector knows, or knows of, “the Mengelberg...

My first encounter with the Trio Testore was fairly recent. In 37:2, I reviewed the group’s two-disc set of Brahms’s piano trios and hated it for...

Volume 11 of Ian Hobson’s complete works of Chopin, The Way to Arcady, offers rich pickings. The by-now characteristic mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar...

The premise of this book is that one experiences Leonard Bernstein largely through his own compositions, and Kenneth LaFave makes it clear that this was a...

Of all the sobriquets Joseph Martin Kraus (1756–1792) has had to suffer after his death, that of being “the Swedish Mozart” is perhaps the least apt,...

A virtuoso alto saxophonist, equally at home with bebop and various forms and styles of Latin music, Miguel Zenon has a bright brash sound and a...

This CD, which bears the title Jazz-Tinged, is a mutual admiration society between composer Charles Ruggiero and alto saxophonist Joseph Lulloff. On the first page of...

I hope that the disc title did not cause anyone immediately to bypass this review as concerning an item of little or no interest, for this...

Reviewing a 1947 concert by Leopold Stokowski and the New York Philharmonic, Virgil Thomson wrote, “Everything was played with a wondrous beauty of sound, with the...

Regular readers of this publication are bound to know that I’m not generally receptive to programs of works transcribed for settings other than those for which...

By the time we reach the first Spanish-flavored selection in this generous cello-and-guitar duet program, anyone will be won over by how successful the combination is....

As pianist Stefan Litwin explains in the revealing and thought-provoking interview included in the CD booklet, the program’s title— Sonata and Destructions , borrowed from a...

Barbara Zalaznik Matos, who has been a member of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra for more than a decade, is now beginning to concentrate on a solo...

Despite formidable competition (Léopold Simoneau, Nicolai Gedda, and Alfredo Kraus, among others), Alain Vanzo (1928–2002) is my favorite among post-war lyric tenors in French repertoire. Vanzo’s...

Although one can see the profound influence of the Russian spirit in the Baroque cathedrals and palaces designed for the Romanovs by Western architects, no similar...

Thematically, this CD might seem like a downer, with all this imploring for mercy and crying out to the Lord from the depths. Still, there’s a...

This DVD of the Brigham Young University Young Ambassadors’ latest musical revue, Heart Songs celebrates the myriad faces of love in the tunes of Broadway musicals...

Some time back I reviewed the first release by Paul Leenhouts and his Royal Wind Music (Lindoro 712; Fanfare 30:5). It featured an ensemble of 14...

So what does the title of this disc mean? A glance at the liner notes reveals a literal misreading of the phrase, “went insane with.” And...


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