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This release was occasioned by an exhibition of works by Diego Velázquez at the Grand Palais in Paris. That exhibition will be over by the time...

French pianist François Chaplin, previously unknown to me, is an active performer and teacher in Europe, and has made award-winning recordings of Debussy’s complete piano music...

Recent Music Reviews

Today we’re talking about two new releases: the first a CD titled Rumbarroco after the name of your group; the second a CD containing a generous...

It wasn’t so long ago that orchestras and conductors were afraid to bore us, this recording reminds me. There has been a studious slowing of tempo...

Philippe Graffin and Martyn Brabbins interrupt their program of works for violin and orchestra by Joseph Jongen (Volume 18 of Hyperion’s series The Romantic Violin Concerto...

Bushkova and Kharitonov’s new CD brings us the fascinating music of Robert Kahn. Bushkova is a virtuoso violinist who emigrated from Russia to America in the...

Today we’re talking about two new releases: the first a CD titled Rumbarroco after the name of your group; the second a CD containing a generous...

Bushkova and Kharitonov’s new CD brings us the fascinating music of Robert Kahn. Bushkova is a virtuoso violinist who emigrated from Russia to America in the...

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...

Here, complete at last, is the Beethoven piano sonata cycle for our age, and it’s been an age in coming. In May 1975 Maurizio Pollini stepped...

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...

French pianist François Chaplin, previously unknown to me, is an active performer and teacher in Europe, and has made award-winning recordings of Debussy’s complete piano music...

It wasn’t so long ago that orchestras and conductors were afraid to bore us, this recording reminds me. There has been a studious slowing of tempo...

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)...

I perceive that this disc was prepared and recorded with a collective sense of humor, and I suggest that hearing it with a sense of humor...

In 1995, Volkmar Zimmermann and Per Dybro Sørensen founded the Corona Guitar Kvartet. Mikkel Andersen became a member in 2000, and a year later Kristian Gantriis...

I requested this disc for review after being strongly impressed by Julian Bliss’s CD of Mozart and Nielsen concertos, which I reviewed last issue. This program...

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...

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...

This release was occasioned by an exhibition of works by Diego Velázquez at the Grand Palais in Paris. That exhibition will be over by the time...

Gerald Trimble is a modern musician who likes to play old music on old instruments in a new way. On this recording he plays English, German,...


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