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This CD is titled Beyond Vernon Duke because the compositions heard here are all by his alter ego, classical composer Vladimir Dukelsky, which was his real...

Joel Fan is one of those pianists who seem to have the technical ability and the intellectual breadth to play just about anything they want. His career to date...

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As a young man, the playwright Peter Shaffer worked for the music publisher Boosey & Hawkes, which should have prevented him from lampooning Mozart so unfairly...

Musical entertainment during the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods in gentrified English households usually meant the family members who sang songs accompanied by whatever instrument could perform...

Chamorel, who wrote his own liner notes, says that “The Concerto No. 2 … is structured in a surprisingly similar fashion to that of op. 25,” ...

If this were a recording of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, I’d be totally in my comfort zone reviewing it, what with the 40 or more versions of...

This CD is titled Beyond Vernon Duke because the compositions heard here are all by his alter ego, classical composer Vladimir Dukelsky, which was his real...

Joel Fan is one of those pianists who seem to have the technical ability and the intellectual breadth to play just about anything they want. His career to date...

As usual, I’ll try to sneak in more than the regulation five by running through my runners-up first. Steven Isserlis’s and Olli Mustonen’s account of the...

As usual the field of first recordings of 20th-century music (my chosen specialty) offers a plethora of possibilities. At the summit of my selections is of...

This remarkable recording of Gurrelieder was made in October 1953 for the Haydn Society (!) and funded by pianist Paul Jacobs, who was an avid fan...

In the record companies’ zeal to unearth music by Jewish composers who were hounded by the Nazis, Erwin (or Ervin) Schulhoff was one of those revived,...

As a young man, the playwright Peter Shaffer worked for the music publisher Boosey & Hawkes, which should have prevented him from lampooning Mozart so unfairly...

Musical entertainment during the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods in gentrified English households usually meant the family members who sang songs accompanied by whatever instrument could perform...

I think I can claim to be reasonably well-enough travelled in Scandinavian music to be embarrassed by having to admit I had never heard of Ludvig...

One “s” or two? It’s rather like the case of Robert Casadesus who, when asked how he pronounced his name, is said to have replied that...

Cube Metier is a collaborative British-Czech label that has issued 50 jazz albums, most of them of the traditional swing-bop variety. This is by no means...

This is a disc of straightahead, mainstream jazz by trumpeter Bergalli and pianist Navarro, two older statesmen of the music. Bergalli plays somewhat in the style...

This collection is an excellent way to become acquainted with a much admired pianist who somehow is in danger of being forgotten by younger collectors. (I...

We get to stamp our passports along with Zino Francescatti as he tours Europe between 1946 and 1961, giving a recital in Besançon (1958) and another...

The Kaleidos Duo’s recital of music, by Italian composers who hadn’t fully embraced what now again seem like the experimental techniques of the Second Viennese School,...

The “original music for violin and guitar” in the program assembled by violinist Gilles Colliard and guitarist Augustín Maruri all comes from early 19th century, and...

The subtitle of this disc is “Harpsichords in pre-Revolutionary Paris,” which of course serves as a rationale for the use by harpsichordist Giulia Nuti of a...

These four British 20th-century composers may not be widely known, but they should be familiar to anyone who has perused the Lyrita and Chandos catalogs. Lyrita...

I always laugh when a CD comes with a lecture on how we are “supposed” to listen to older music. That is the case with this...

There are many Jussi Björling recital discs available, and given the unique beauty of his singing it would be foolish to recommend one (or, in this...

Nino Albarosa, a student of Dom Eugène Cardine, is one of the founders of the International Association for Gregorian Chant Studies (AISCGre) and currently president of...

This is an extremely well-thought-out collection, performed with skill and sensitivity by this German vocal ensemble, with friends. Copland, Barber, and Bernstein occupy one wing, as...

Where the music of the troubadours is concerned, there are a series of concerns that performers are faced with. Was the music meant to be accompanied...

Captain Tobias Hume (c. 1569–1645) has drawn a fair amount of attention lately from gambists, ensembles, and record companies. This is in part because of his...